When Xmas cards first needed 2 cent stamps

Arnold Bass

There are numerous stories that tout the virtues and sometimes non virtuous events that marked the county’s history. In my researching the history of La Porte County I came across articles of people, places and events that defined the county’s history. Some of the articles referenced the first person to do this or that. Others announced the first time an event or opening occurred. This is the latest in a series of articles that may bring a smile or frown to our face, or cause you to say “Oh my gosh,” or “I didn’t know that.”

Postmaster Harry W. Ohming on Dec. 1, 1949, warned local residents not to try to mail Christmas cards with 11/2-cent stamps. He reminded them that the postage rate on unsealed cards increased to 2 cents last January.

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