The Fourteen-cent Prexie
Combination of third and fourth class mail
From January 1, 1949 to August 1, 1958 the special fourth class book rate cost eight cents for a package weighting more than eight ounces but no more than a pound. Over a pound, the charge was four cents per pound. During the same period standard third class postage was two cents up to and including two ounces.
This package, clearly marked "BOOKS," weighs between one and two pounds, requiring twelve cents postage. There is additional third class material enclosed, so the sender appropriately paid an extra two cents, bringing the total to fourteen.