What is the price of first-class U.S. postage stamps, and how often has it changed?

1863: 3 cents (effective Mar 3)
1883: 2 cents (effective Mar 4)
1917: 3 cents (effective Nov 3)
1919: 2 cents (effective Jul 1; dropped back by Congress)
1932: 3 cents (effective Jul 6)
1958: 4 cents (effective Aug 1)
1963: 5 cents (effective Jan 7)
1968: 6 cents (effective Jan 7)
1971: 8 cents (effective May 16)
1974: 10 cents (effective Mar 2)
1975: 13 cents (effective Dec 31)
1978: 15 cents (effective May 29)
1981: 18 cents (effective Mar 22)
1981: 20 cents (effective Nov 1)
1985: 22 cents (effective Feb 17)
1988: 25 cents (effective Apr 3)
1991: 29 cents (effective Feb 3)
1995: 32 cents (effective Jan 1)
1999: 33 cents (effective Jan 10)
2001: 34 cents (effective Jan 7)
2002: 37 cents (effective Jun 30)
2006: 39 cents (effective Jan 8)
2007: 41 cents (effective May 14)
2008: 42 cents (effective May 12)
2009: 44 cents (effective May 11)

Source: 

U.S. Postal Service

Notes: 

For more information, see the U.S. Postal Service's web page on Postage Rates & Fees.

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