Lisbon Postal History
Androscoggin County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 30 April 2019)


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During the history of the tow of Lisbon, there have been five post offices.

Briefly, the history of these five is as follows:
1. Factory Village post office, a private office, opened on 3 October 1823 and closed on 13 October 1827.
2. Factoryville post office was established on 13 December 1827 and on 6 December 1884 was renamed as Lisbon (2) post office, which is still operating.
3. Lisbon Four Corners post office was established on 6 February 1819 and on 8 August 1832 was renamed as Lisbon (1) post office. On 6 December 1834 Lisbon (1) was renamed as Lisbon Center (1) post office [in Sabattus].
4. Lisbon Center (2) post office opened on 10 July 1884 and closed in 1992.
5. Little River Village post office was established on 14 December 1818 and on 20 February 1865 was renamed as Lisbon Falls post office. The latter was remamed on 6 January 1996 as Lisbon Falls Sta. Lisbon, which is still operating.


In 1914, there were three post offices in Lisbon: Lisbon (2), Lisbon Center (2), and Lisbon Falls. (source: Post Route map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Lisbon include:
Factory Village
Factoryville
Lisbon (1)
Lisbon (2)
Lisbon Center (2)
Lisbon Falls
Lisbon Falls Sta.
Lisbon Four Corners
Little River Village



Lisbon (2)

1834 December 6:
   Lisbon (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1875 January 28:
   The circular postmark is 23–24 mm in diameter.
   
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1933 April 29:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1942 May 23 through 1950 December 2:
   The circular postmark is 29–31 mm in diameter.
         
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2017 July 16:
      
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today:
   The Lisbon post office is currently in operation.



Lisbon Center (2)

1884 July 10:
   Lisbon Center (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? February 22:
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1940 October 4:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
      
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1992:
   Lisbon Center (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Lisbon Falls

1865 February 20:
   Lisbon Falls post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? December 4:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
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1901 November 12 through 1906 January 13:
   The circular postmark is 28–30 mm in diameter.
         
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19?7 January 24:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1936 August 24 through 1938 December 22:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter.
         
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1940 February 8:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1949 January 17 through 1949 October 29:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1996 January 6:
   Lisbon Falls post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)