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Envelope Statistics

U.S. Envelope Shipments and Sales

 

Year Units (M’s) Dollars ($B)
1977 100 Under 1
1978 117.5 1.19
1979 124 1.4
1980 124.8 1.56
1981 127 1.69
1982 126 1.7
1983 136 1.82
1984 147 2.12
1985 150 2.22
1986 156 2.32
1987 159 2.5
1988 166 2.81
1989 169 3.01
1990 174 3.06
1991 167 2.9
1992 156 2.63
1993 160 2.68
1994 164 2.75
1995 168 2.82
1996 171 3.01
1997 175 3.08
1998 178 3.13
1999 182 3.43
2000 188.5 3.56
2001 184 3.41
2002 181.2 3.31
2003 186.6 3.26
2004 187.3 3.33
2005 194.7 3.46
2006 194.5 3.68
2007 190.4 3.74
2008 177.5 3.61
2009 154 2.92
2010 164 2.86
2011 160 2.78
2012 155.6 2.69
2013 151 2.58
2014 154 2.6
2015 151 2.65 
2016 147 2.46 
2017 143 2.32

Envelope Sizes

European Sizes

Number Height Width   Height Width
  MMs MMs   Inches Inches
C7 81 114   3.19 4.49
C7/6 81 162   3.19 6.38
DL 110 220   4.33 8.66
C6 114 162   4.49 6.38
B6 125 176   4.92 6.93
1/2BC4 125 324   4.92 12.75
E6 140 200   5.51 7.87
C5 162 229   6.38 9.02
B5 176 250   6.93 9.84
E5 200 280   7.87 11.02
C4 229 324   9.02 12.75
B4 250 353   9.84 13.09
E4 280 400   11.02 15.75

US Sizes

Commercial Sizes

Booklet Sizes
(Open Side)

Number Height Width
6 1/4 3 1/2 6
6 1/2 3 1/2 6 1/4
6 3/4 3 5/8 6 1/2
7 3 3/4 6 3/4
7 3/4 3 7/8 7 1/2
*Monarch 3 7/8 7 1/2
Data Card 3 5/8 7 3/4
Check Size 3 5/8 8 5/8
9 3 7/8 8 7/8
10 4 1/8 9 1/2
11 4 1/2 10 3/8
12 4 3/4 11
14 5 11 1/2
Height Width
4 3/4 6 1/2
5 1/2 7 1/2
5 1/2 8 1/8
5 3/4 8 7/8
6 9
6 9 1/2
6 1/2 9 1/2
7 10
7 1/2 10 1/2
8 3/4 11 1/2
9 12
9 1/2 12 5/8
10 13

Guide to Envelopes & Mailings

The envelope is a silent messenger – a very personal way to tell someone you care or get them interested in your product or service. Many people purchase envelopes over the counter and have never stopped to think about everything that goes into the production of an envelope. Hopefully, this guide will give you a better appreciation for the silent messenger. The guide will provide information on the parts of the envelope, common types of envelopes, the materials that make up an envelope and how they are printed. This guide will also provide helpful information on working with an envelope manufacturer and conclude with a basic postal guide.

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