Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A historical perspective

Reporter Beth Gallaspy for the Beaumont Enterprise - Beaumont,TX, did a nice job of putting this week's rate increase into historical perspective.

In her article, she interviews 80-year-old Otis Barnes and says that part of the appeal of collecting stamps is that can be a valuable way to learn about history.

"Just think, the 2-cent stamps required to use any leftover 37-cent stamps today would have been enough postage alone for years between 1885 and 1932. The exception was 1917 to 1919 when authorities raised the price to 3 cents to support the first World War."

Gallaspy point out that over the past 74 years the cost of mailing a first-class letter rose 1,850 percent.

To read her entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM