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When were half penny stamps used for postcards?

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May 27, 2007 1:42PM

In Britain the postcard was recognized by the postal authorities in 1894. At that time a standard inland letter cost one (old) penny, and the rate for postcards was one half penny (old). Very early in World War 1 postage rates were increased to provide more revenue for the government. (One old penny = 1 pound/240). Bear in mind that at that time the telephone was expensive, especially for long distance calls, so the post had a near monopoly. Joncey