Postal rates go up

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Mailing a letter or parcel costs more, starting today.

The new first-class rate is 29 cents for the first ounce and 23 cents for each additional ounce -- and just about all other mail will cost more too.

Special "F" stamps featuring a flower are available at post offices to cover the new rate until official 29-cent stamps can be printed.

Also available are so-called make-up stamps worth 4 cents, which are used with a 25-cent stamp to represent the new 29-cent rate.

CLASS.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..OLD RATE.. ..NEW RATE

First class

first ounce.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$0.25.. .. ..$0.29

additional ounce.. .. ... .. .. .. ..20.. .. ... .23

presorted.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .21.. .. .. ..248

Cards 6basic rate.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...15.. .. .. ..19

presorted.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .13.. .. .. .17

carrier route.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...115.. .. ...152

Automation discounts

unsorted letters (1st oz.).. .. .. ..241.. .. ...276

sorted letters (1st oz.).. .. .. .. .205.. .. ...242

Priority mail.. .. .. .. .. .. .. $2.40+.. .. $2.90 +

Express mail

letter rate.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$8.75.. .. .$9.95

2-pound rate.. .. .. .. .. .. .. $12.00.. .. $13.95

Money orders

$25 value.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .75.. .. ... 75

$500 value.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$1.00.. .. .. 75

Post Office box

Group 1A, #1.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$14.00.. ..$21.50

Group 1C, #1.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$14.00.. ..$17.50

Group 1C, #5.. .. .. .. .. .. .. $100.00.. .$130.00

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