Leeds
Androscoggin County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 16 March 2019)


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During the history of the town of Leeds, there have been eight post offices.

Briefly, the history of these eight is as follows:
1. Curtis Corner post office opened on 22 January 1853 and closed on 18 October 1957.
2. East Leeds post office opened on 5 August 1840 and closed on 8 October 1842
3. Leeds (1) post office opened on 27 August 1822 and closed on 29 April 1933.
4. Leeds (2) post office was established on 23 April 1980 and is still operating.
5. North Leeds post office opened on 28 January 1826 and closed on 23 April 1980.
6. South Leeds post office opened on 6 June 1826 and closed on 1 November 1929.
7. West Leeds (1) post office opened on 10 April 1828 and closed on 18 April 1840.
8. West Leeds (2) post office opened on 24 February 1866 and closed on 30 April 1909.


In 1914, there were four post offices in Leeds: Curtis Corner, Leeds (1), North Leeds, and South Leeds. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Leeds include:
Curtis Corner
East Leeds
Leeds (1)
Leeds (2)
North Leeds
South Leeds
West Leeds (1)
West Leeds (2)



Curtis Corner

1853 January 22:
   Curtis Corner post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1949 September 15:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
      

1957 October 18:
   Curtis Corner post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



Leeds (1)

1822 August 27:
   Leeds (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1929 October 11:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter.
      

1933 April 29:
   Leeds (1) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



North Leeds

1826 January 28:
   North Leeds post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1940 June 21:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the postmark are approximately 6 mm on center.
      

1950 February 9 through 29 June 1950:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 28–30 mm in diameter, and the inner circle is 17–18 mm in diameter.
         

1980 April 23:
   North Leeds post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



West Leeds (2)

1866 February 24:
   West Leeds (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1906 June 2:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter. (Note that the number of the day [2] is centered, and what appears to be a 1 is simply ink from the edge of the inserted day number.)
      

1909 April 30:
   West Leeds (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)