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How to Send a Letter

Whether you want to send a letter to Santa, the President, or and old friend, follow these steps to assure your letter arrives at its destination.


  • Step 1: Mail your letter at your nearest post office or stick it in your home mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up -- and your letter will be on its way.
  • FACT: On May 6, 1840, the first adhesive postage stamp, known as the Penny Black, became available for purchase.
  • Step 2: Place your postage on the top right corner of your envelope.
  • TIP: If you are sending your letter overseas, visit your local post office to determine the price of your postage. International rates are more expensive than domestic rates for comparable letter weights.
  • Step 3: Address your envelope with your address in the top left corner and the recipient's address in the center. Write legibly so your postal carrier delivers your letter to the proper address.
  • Step 4: Purchase your postage stamps from your local post office. The cost of postage will be determined by how much your letter weighs and where your letter is going.
  • Step 5: Place your letter in your envelope. Make sure your envelope is completely sealed so your letter doesn't fall out.

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