Domestic Letter Rate under 3000 mi. per ½ oz.
Three Cents Not Prepaid: Five Cents
Domestic Letter Rate over 3000 mi. per ½ oz.: Prepaid:Six Cents Not Prepaid: Ten Cents
Foreign Letter Rate under 2500 mi. per ½ oz.: Ten Cents - except where otherwise adjusted by treaty
Foreign Letter Rate over 2500 mi. per ½ oz.: Twenty Cents - except where otherwise adjusted by treaty
Rate for Drop Letters: One Cent - prepayment not required - no weight restriction
Rate for Newspapers and Circulars up to 3 oz.: 1¢, 1¢ for each additional oz.
prepayment required, rate did not change until 1863
The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1853:
No new varieties of regular issue U.S. postage stamps were issued in 1853.
Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885
Postage Dues: The first Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879
see also: Designs of the 1851-1860 Regular Issues