Lewiston Postal History
Androscoggin County, Maine

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 111 - Shawmut, Maine  04975
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 13 April 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from James Husson, Roland Simard, and the Strout family collection.



During the history of what is now the city of Lewiston, there have been nine post offices.

Briefly, the history of these nine is as follows:
1. Garcelon’s Ferry never opened.
2. Lewiston post office opened in 1795, closed on a date to be determined, re-opened on 16 September 1797, closed on a date to be determined, re-opened on 12 June 1799, and is still operating. 3. Lewiston Sta. No. 1 opened on 8 July 1906 and closed on a date to be determined.
4. Lewiston Sta. No. 2 opened on 8 July 1906 and closed on a date to be determined.
5. Lewiston Sta. No. 3 opened on 8 July 1906 and closed on a date to be determined.
6. Lewiston Sta. No. 4 opened on a date to be determined and closed in 1998.
7. Lewiston Sta. No. 5 has an earliest known postmark of 14 January 1939 and closed on a date to be determined. 8. South Lewiston post office opened on 16 April 1867 and closed on 30 April 1909.
9. South Lewiston Sx Lewiston opened on 13 November 1962 and is still operating.


In 1914, there was only the Lewiston post office in operation. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the city of Lewiston include:
Garcelon's Ferry
Lewiston
Lewiston Sta. No. 1
Lewiston Sta. No. 2
Lewiston Sta. No. 3
Lewiston Sta. No. 4
Lewiston Sta. No. 5
South Lewiston
South Lewiston Sx Lewiston



Lewiston

1795:
   Lewiston post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

date?:
   Lewiston post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

16 September 1797:
   Lewiston post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1799 July 12:
   Lewiston post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1799 July 15:
   Daniel Read appointed Postmaster.

1839 September 9:
   William R. Frye appointed Postmaster.

1842 May 24:
   Mark Lowell appointed Postmaster.

1846 February 26:
   Nelson B. Reynolds appointed Postmaster.

1848 March 3:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter; the inner, 22–23 mm. (notation; letter)
      
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1849 February 26:
   John Smith appointed Postmaster.

1849 June 12:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1849 June 15:
   Oliver Herrick appointed Postmaster.

1849 October 11:
   The date and origin of letter is from the enclosed letter. (notation; letter)
      
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1852 June 26:
   John Herrick appointed Postmaster.

1853 March 30:
   William R. Frye appointed Postmaster.

1861 April 17:
   Joseph P. Fessenden appointed Postmaster.

1867 September 30: [year determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is approximately 24 mm in diameter.
      
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1870 June 7:
   George A. Parker appointed Postmaster.

year? July 17:
   The circular postmark is approximately 26 mm in diameter.
      
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1873 May 6: [year determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is approximately 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
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1879 January 30:
   Horace C. Little appointed Postmaster.

1886 December 3 through 1891 July 31:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
         
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1887 February 26:
   Charles Walker appointed Postmaster.

1891 February 14:
   William T, Smart appointed Postmaster.

1892 January 5:
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter.
      
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1893 November 18:
   The circular postmark is 28–29 mm in diameter.
      
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1895 April 23:
   Charles Walker appointed Postmaster.

1898 June 9 through 1899 November:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter. The number in the cancellation is 1.
         
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1898 April 9:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter. The number in the cancellation is 2.
      
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1898 August 8:
   William T. Smart appointed Postmaster.

1903 December 31 through 1904 May 4:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter. The number in the cancellation is 1.
         
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1907 September 1:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter. (image side of card)
      
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1913 July 10:
   Menander Dennett appointed Postmaster.

1914 December 23:
   The 8 lines of the cancellation are approximately 43 mm long, and the distance between the top line and the bottom line is approximately 20 mm.
      
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1921 April 28:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1921 October 17:
   Ralph T. Rowe appointed Acting Postmaster.

1922 March 29:
   William C. Bryant appointed Postmaster.

1923 August 3:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1929 March 24:
   Ralph T. Rowe appointed Acting Postmaster.

1929 November 20:
   Ralph T. Rowe appointed Acting Postmaster.

1930 December 24:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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date?:
   Lewiston post office.
      
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1931 December 22:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1932 August 15:
   Ralph T. Rowe appointed Acting Postmaster.

1932 September 12 through 1932 December 23:
   The circular postmark is approximately 21 mm in diameter.
         
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1933 April 6:
   Charles P. Lemaire appointed Postmaster.

1934 January 30:
   Charles P. Lemaire appointed Postmaster.

1934 April 23 through 1935 December 21:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1935 February 4:
   First day at new post office. The circular postmark is 30–32 mm in diameter.
      
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date?:
   Lewiston post office.
      
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1939 December 4:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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1940 October 31:
   The circular postmark is approximately 21 mm in diameter.
      
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1941 September 4:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1943 December 15 through 1949 January 18:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1956 November 30:
   Ronaldo E. Cailler appointed Acting Postmaster.

1959 August 31:
   Joseph H. Albert appointed Postmaster.

1964 March 31:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1967 June 1 through 1969 March 17:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1974 October 24:
   Patrick L. Faucher appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1979 April 20:
   Victor W. Martin appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1979 June 16:
   Ronald A. Metayer appointed Postmaster.

1992 October 1:
   Victor W. Martin appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1993 February 20:
   Roger J. Nadeau appointed Postmaster.

1997 April 3:
   Daniel J. Perry appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1998 January 17:
   Ronald M. Landry appointed Postmaster.

2003 May 21:
   Theodore L. Bell appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2004 February 21:
   David E. St. Andre appointed Postmaster.

2009 December 31:
   Kathleen L. Walker appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2010 November 2:
   Eric Parmenter appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2011 August 3:
   Brian Carrier appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2012 August 7:
   James H. Thornton Jr. appointed Acting Postmaster.

2012 October 6:
   James H. Thornton Jr. appointed Postmaster.

2013 September 10:
   James Fitzsimmons appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2014 November 17:
   Jason Lyon appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2015 April 8:
   Donald B. Mendell III appointed Officer-in-Charge.

016 December 6:
   Brian Vye appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2017 March 18:
   Brian Vye appointed Postmaster.

today:
   The Lewiston post office is still in operation.



South Lewiston

1867 September 16:
   South Lewiston post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

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


South Lewiston Sx Lewiston

1962 November 13:
   South Lewiston Sx Lewiston post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1963 April 22:
    The circular postmark is 21 mm in diameter. The six horizontal bars to the right of the circle are collectively 50 mm x 205 mm long, with 3 mm spacing between the bars.
      
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2017 July 16:
      
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today:
   South Lewiston Sx Lewiston post office is still in operation.