Auburn Postal History
Androscoggin County, Maine

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(updated 18 April 2019)


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During the history of what is now the city of Auburn, which was incorporated as a town on 24 February 1842 and as a city on 22 February 1869, there have been 15 post offices.

Briefly, the history of these 15 is as follows:
1. Auburn Great Falls Station was established [date to be determined] and is still operating.
2. Auburn Plains post office opened on 20 May 1889 and closed on 15 April 1901.
3. Auburn Sta. No. 1, a contract station, was established [date to be determined; earliest known postmark is 16 July 1934] and is still operating.
4. Auburn Sta. No. 2, a contract station, was established on 29 October 1984. [To be determined is whether it is still operating.]
5. Auburn Sta. No. 3, a contract station, needs researh to determine an opening and a closing date.
6. Auburn Sta. No. 4, a contract station, was established [date to be determined; earliest known postmark is 5 January 1932] and needs research to determine if it is still operating.
7. Briggs Corner opened on 23 May 1825 and closed on 5 January 1826.
8. Dirigo (2) opened on 28 March 1896 and closed on 31 July 1901.
9. East Auburn opened on 2 July 1844, closed on 2 July 1845, re-opened 24 December 1849, and closed on 10 April 1901.
10. East Minot (1) post office was established on 29 December 1817 and was renamed on 3 December 1825 as Centre Minot post office, the spelling of which changed to Center Minot. Center Minot post office was renamed on 7 June 1845 as North Auburn post office, and North Auburn post office closed on 15 April 1901.
11. Goff’s Corner post office was established on 24 March 1825. On 18 July 1854, it was renamed as Lewiston Falls post office, which operated as such until 27 December 1854 when it was renamed as Auburn (2) post office. Auburn (2) post office is still operating.
12. Nason’s Mills (1) was established on 20 March 1833. On 15 March 1842, it was renamed as Auburn (1) post office, which operated as such until 15 December 1854, when it was renamed as West Auburn post office. West Auburn post office closed on 15 April 1901.
13. Pejepscot (1) post office was renamed on 1 January 1823 as Danville post office, which is still operating.
14. South Danville post office opened on 27 March 1886, closed on 28 December 1887, re-opened on 9 January 1888, and closed on 15 April 1901.
15. West Danville post office was established on 11 March 1850. It closed on 13 November 1850, re-opened on 16 December 1850, and on 10 March 1868 was renamed as South Auburn post office. South Auburn post office was renamed as Lewiston Junction post office on 9 July 1891, which operated until it closed on 28 February 1907.


In 1914, there were two post offices in Auburn: Auburn (2) and Danville. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the city of Auburn include:
Auburn (1)
Auburn (2)
Auburn Great Falls Station
Auburn Plains
Auburn Sta. No. 1
Auburn Sta. No. 2
Auburn Sta. No. 3
Auburn Sta. No. 4
Briggs Corner
Center Minot
Danville
Dirigo (2)
East Auburn
Goff’s Corner
Lewiston Falls
Lewiston Junction
Nason’s Mills
North Auburn
South Auburn
South Danville
West Auburn
West Danville



Auburn (1)

1842 March 15:
   The former Nason’s Mills (1) post office was renamed as Auburn (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1842 October 31: [year determined from letter, but the letter is dated 1 November 1842]
   The rate of 121/2 cents was for 81–150 miles.
      
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1852:
   Postmaster: George R. Ricker Jr. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1854 December 15:
   Auburn (1) post office was renamed as West Auburn post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



Auburn (2)

1854 December 27:
   The former Lewiston Falls post office was renamed as the Auburn (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year November 21:
   The circular postmark is approximately 35 mm in diameter.
      
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1876 October 10: [year determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1887 November 11:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      
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1888 March 18 through 1894 June 11:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter. The bullseye cancellation to the right of the circle is approximately 32 mm tall and 22 mm wide.
         

      
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1895 September [28?]:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      
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1898 February 23:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter.
      
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1905 August 16:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1920 June 23:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
      
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1931 December 23 through 1939 March 16:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1941 July 31 through 1949 November 10:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is approximately 33 mm tall, with 4 bars both above and below the numeral. The circular postmark on the back of the 1949 cover is approximately 21 mm in diameter. The rectangle bearing the words "Wear your red feather proudly!" is approximately 43 mm by 20–21 mm, and the longest visible horizontal bars at the right of the rectangle are 15 mm long.
      

         
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1942 January 8 through 1943 December 7:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1955:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1956 November 14 through 1956 November 15:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 35–36 mm in diameter; the inner, 27–28 mm in diameter.
         
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1963 May 10:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1968 September 28:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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date?:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 17–18 mm in diameter. The inner circle is 9–10 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   Auburn (2) post office is still in operation.



Danville

1823 January 1:
   The former Pejepscot (1) post office was renamed as Danville post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: Jeremiah Stinchfield (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1934 August 20 through 1949 July 26:
   The circular postmark is 31–33 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
         
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today:
   Danville post office is still in operation.



East Auburn

1844 July 2:
   East Auburn post office was established. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1845 July 2:
   East Auburn post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1849 December 24:
   East Auburn post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: J. C. Briggs (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1901 April 10:
   East Auburn post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



Goff’s Corner

1825 March 24:
   Goff’s Corner post office was established. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1825 June 3: [year determined from contents]
   Manuscript postmark. (letter)
      
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1848 December 1: [year determined from contents]
   Research is needed to determine why the postage fee was 3 cents.
      
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1852:
   Postmaster: Joseph D. Davis (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1854 July 18:
   Goff’s Corner post office was renamed as Lewiston Falls post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



North Auburn

1845 June 7:
   The former Center Minot post office was renamed as North Auburn post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: Joseph Keith (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1901 April 15:
   North Auburn post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



West Danville

1850 March 11:
   West Danville post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1850 November 13:
   West Danville post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1850 December 16:
   West Danville post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: J. S. Foster (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1868 March 10:
   West Danville post office renamed as South Auburn post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)