Postal Rates for Aerogrammes

Last Modified: March 5, 2007

Aerogramme rates, like all postal rates, do not remain constant. Many of the used aerogrammes that we find have adhesives added to them. This is usually due to the need to make up the difference between an old and a new rate. The Aerogramme Society has begun an effort to gather and to publish aerogramme rates for all countries since rates for aerogrammes or airletter sheets were first established.

We shall also attempt to maintain a table of current aerogramme rates for countries around the world. Certain special rates, such as registration, will also be included if possible. Information from anyone about postal rates for aerogrammes (current, past or future) would be greatly appreciated! Duplicate submissions will permit us to crosscheck and eliminate errors. Thanks in advance for any contributions.

Since this will take the work of many individuals, countries will appear in the society journal and on the website as dictated by the interests of the contributors. When sufficient information is gathered, the table of current rates will be added.


Denmark

Last Modified: March 30, 1997

Rates for Danish aerogrammes from 9 October 1949 were the same to anywhere in the world.

Starting Date Aero Rate Registration
9 Oct 1949 40 ore ?
1 Jun 1950 50 ore ?
1 Jul 1952 60 ore ?
11 May 1965 80 ore ?
30 Jun 1967 90 ore ?
1 Jul 1972 100 ore ?
15 Jun 1974 120 ore ?
1 Apr 1975 130 ore ?
1 Nov 1977 150 ore ?
17 Apr 1979 160 ore ?
2 Jun 1980 180 ore ?
2 Jan 1981 200 ore ?
17 May 1982 270 ore ?
5 Apr 1983 350 ore ?
5 Jan 1984 370 ore ?

The above table, which is complete only thru 1985, is based on the excellent catalog by S. Ringstrom.


Germany

Last Modified: June 8, 1997

Rates for German aerogrammes from 1 May 1948 to present were the same to anywhere in the world. Imprinted aerogrammes were issued for the Federal Republic and for Deutsche Post Berlin from 1948 to 1953. They were taken off sale on 30 September 1954 and were valid until 31 December 1954. Since then forms have been available and a special rate has been established for aerogrammes.

Note that although the official rate for aerogrammes started at 100 Pfennig, they could initially be obtained from the post office only for exchange of 2 IRC's.

Starting Date Aero Rate Registration
1 May 1948 100 P. ?
1 Sep 1948 60 P. ?
1 Apr 1966 70 P. ?
1 Jul 1971 80 P. ?
1 Jul 1972 90 P. ?
1 Jan 1979 110 P. ?
1 Jul 1982 140 P. ?
1 Apr 1989 165 P. ?
1 Apr 1993 200 P. ?

Thanks to Heinz Fleming

Iceland

Last Modified: March 30, 1997

Rates for Iceland aerogrammes from 9 October 1949 were the same to anywhere in the world.

Starting Date Aero Rate Registration
9 Oct 1949 60 Aur ?
15 Nov 1949 85 Aur ?
1 May 1950 150 Aur ?
1 Oct 1953 175 Aur ?
1 Jul 1958 225 Aur ?
1 Mar 1960 350 Aur ?
1 Sep 1961 400 Aur ?
1 Jan 1963 450 Aur ?
1 Oct 1963 500 Aur ?
1 Jan 1966 550 Aur ?
1 Jan 1968 650 Aur ?
1 Jan 1969 1000 Aur ?
1 Nov 1970 1000 Aur ?
1 Apr 1972 10.00 Kr ?
1 Jul 1973 15.00 Kr ?
1 Apr 1974 20.00 Kr ?
1 Jan 1975 27.00 Kr ?
1 Oct 1975 35.00 Kr ?
1 May 1976 45.00 Kr ?
1 Jan 1977 60.00 Kr ?
1 Feb 1978 80.00 Kr ?
1 May 1978 90.00 Kr ?
1 Jan 1979 100.00 Kr ?
1 Mar 1979 110.00 Kr ?
1 Jun 1979 130.00 Kr ?
1 Feb 1980 140.00 Kr ?
1 May 1980 160.00 Kr ?
1 Aug 1980 180.00 Kr ?
1 Nov 1980 200.00 Kr ?
1 Feb 1981 2.20 Kr ?
1 Jun 1981 2.40 Kr ?
1 Sep 1981 2.60 Kr ?
1 Dec 1981 2.80 Kr ?
1 Mar 1982 3.10 Kr ?
1 Jun 1982 3.50 Kr ?
1 Sep 1982 4.00 Kr ?
1 Dec 1982 4.50 Kr ?
1 Mar 1983 5.00 Kr ?
1 Jun 1983 6.50 Kr ?
1 Sep 1983 7.50 Kr ?

The above table, which is complete only thru 1985, is based on the excellent catalog by S. Ringstrom.


Ireland

Last Modified: April 1, 1997

Rates for Irish aerogrammes from 1 September 1945 to present were the same to anywhere in the world.

Starting Date Aero Rate Registration
1 Sep 1945 6d. 4d.
1 Mar 1951 8d. "
8 May 1953 " 6d.
1 Apr 1959 " 9d.
1 Jun 1964 10d. 1/-
1 Jan 1969 1s 0d. 1/3
1 Oct 1970 1s 6d. 2/-
15 Feb 1971 7 1/2p 10p
1 Jul 1971 7p "
1 Jul 1973 " 12p
1 Oct 1974 9p 18p
1 Jan 1976 " 24p
1 Apr 1977 " 27p
25 Jul 1977 10p "
1 Aug 1979 12p 32p
1 Jul 1980 16p 40p
1 Apr 1981 20p 48p
1 Sep 1981 25p 58p
1 Apr 1982 30p 70p
25 Feb 1985 37p 90p
3 Mar 1986 40p 95p
1 Jan 1990 42p 1.00
2 Apr 1991 45p 1.05

There are also special rates for aerogrammes to members of the Irish Army contingents serving with the United Nations' Forces overseas since 1964.
Starting Date Rate
1964 2d.
15 Feb 1971 1p
1 Jul 1992 10p


Thanks to William J. Murphy

United States

Last Modified: July 31, 1997

Rates for United States aerogrammes from 29 April 1947 to present were the same to anywhere in the world.

Starting Date Aero Rate Registration
29 Apr 1947 10 cents 20 cents
1 Jan 1949 " 25 cents
1 Sep 1952 " 40 cents
1 Nov 1953 " 55c **
1 Jul 1957 " 50 cents
1 Apr 1959 " 60 cents
1 Jul 1961 11 cents "
26 Mar 1966 " 75 cents
1 May 1967 13 cents "
14 Jul 1969 " 80 cents
16 May 1971 " 95 cents
1 Jul 1971 15 cents "
2 Mar 1974 18 cents "
31 Dec 1975 22 cents "
18 Apr 1976 " 125 cents
1 Jan 1981 30 cents 300 cents
17 Feb 1985 36 cents 360 cents
3 Apr 1988 39 cents 440 cents
3 Feb 1991 45 cents "
1 Jan 1995 " 485 cents
9 Jul 1995 50 cents "
** Registration Rate was 40 cents to PUAS countries except 30 cents to Canada

Thanks to Tim Carroll who provided information from "US International Postal Rates, 1872-1996", Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz and Henry W. Beecher, CAMA Publishing Co., 1996. A. S. W., PO Box 19730155, Portland, OR 97280.


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