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From 1792 to 2020, the cost of mailing a letter using the U.S. Postal Service jumped 40 times — and a just-announced increase is poised to become the 41st hike in stamp prices. Until 1855, prices were based on distance, not weight, but the USPS then settled on 1 ounce as the default weight for first-class postage. Since then, stamp prices have gone up, up, up, and will soon settle (for now, anyway) at 58 cents. Here's a look back at how the price of postage has increased since America's beginnings.