I had heard it was coming but today I was in the Post Office and saw the official sign. First Class postage rates will be 41 cents as of 12:01am Monday May 14. 2007. I'm sure other classes of mail will go up also, they don't usually just raise First Class and leave the others alone.
I looked it up and the last postage rate hike we had was January 8, 2006. That's when First Class went up from 37 cents to 39 cents. So we haven't even gone 18 months without an increase, this time.
Several years ago I saw a world wide postage chart and at that time the U.S. still had the lowest rates and probably the best service. I have friends in northern Alberta Canada and their mail service has always been horrible and their rates have always been high.
Anyway, use up those 39's or plan on buying a bunch of 2 cents stamps. Bob bought stamps the other day and they sold him a book of 39 cent Christmas stamps...I guess they were trying to get rid of them. I thought that was pretty funny.
P.S. it's quite warm here in the Pacific Northwest today. Up over 70 degrees....that's a good thing. I have the windows open and the fans going.