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 U.S. Domestic Postage Rates

date cost per half-ounce
March 3, 1863 3 cents
October 1, 1883 2 cents
date cost per ounce
July 1, 1885 2 cents
November 3, 1917 3 cents
July 1, 1919 2 cents
July 6, 1932 3 cents
August 1, 1958 4 cents
January 7, 1963 5 cents
January 7, 1968 6 cents
May 16, 1971 8 cents
March 2, 1974 10 cents
December 31, 1975 13 cents
May 28, 1978 15 cents
March 22, 1981 18 cents
November 1, 1981 20 cents
February 17, 1985 22 cents
April 3, 1988 25 cents
February 3, 1991 29 cents
January 1, 1995 32 cents
January 10, 1999 33 cents
January 7, 2001 34 cents
June 30, 2002 37 cents
January 8, 2006 39 cents
May 14, 2007 41 cents
May 12, 2008 42 cents
May 11, 2009 44 cents
Beginning September 14, 1975, additional ounces were charged a lower rate. Since July 15, 1979, a surcharge has been added for non-standard envelope sizes.

Source: the U.S. Postal Service.
http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/ratesandhistoricalstatistics.htm