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Postage Stamp

3-cent Postage Stamp

Maryland Line, MD, postmark handstamp
In the 1840s and 1850s, lower postage rates and the advent of prepaid postage stamps transformed the mail system in the United States. The price of mailing a letter from coast to coast dropped from 40 cents in 1847 to just 3 cents by 1863.

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