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Archive for Monday, May 16, 2011

40 years ago: 6-cent stamp fades into history

May 16, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 16, 1971:

  • A new postal rate increase was hovering over Lawrence and the nation. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court put into effect a temporary stay on the new rates, which were opposed by several groups, the rates would be in effect at 12:01 a.m. the following morning. A notice in the Journal-World reminded readers that the six-cent stamp would “join nickel candy bars as a thing of the past” as the price of a first-class stamp was expected to increase to eight cents. It was recommended that leftover stamps be used to mail post cards, whose rates were rising from five cents to six.
  • Rudy Larson, 28, of Baldwin, had been working alone as an attendant at Ballew’s Service Station in Baldwin when an armed man had entered and demanded money. The man had escaped with $531, first shoving Larson backwards down a flight of eight to 10 steps into the basement of the building. Larson was expected to be dismissed today from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated for his injuries.

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