Mailing a first class letter will get more expensive starting January 26th. This afternoon postal regulators gave the go-ahead to a price increase. First Class stamps are now 46 cents. They are going up 3 cents to 49 cents. Officials say with fewer letters being mailed the increase was justified. First ounce letter mailing rates: 1952-3 cents -- 1958-4 cents -- 1963-5 cents -- 1968-6 cents -- 1971-8 cents --1974-10 cents -- 1975-13 cents -- 1978-15 cents --1981-20 cents -- 1985-22 cents -- 1988-25 cents -- 1991-29 cents -- 1995-32 cents -- 1999-33 cents -- 2001-34 cents -- 2002-37 cents -- 2006-39 cents -- 2007-41 cents -- 2008-42 cents -- 2009-44 cents -- 2012-45 cents -- 2013-46 cents