Wales Postal History
Androscoggin County, Maine

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

(updated 29 May 2020)


Thank you to James Husson for his contributions to this page.



Durig the history of the town of Wales there have been three post offices.

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. East Wales post office opened on 23 December 1856 and closed on 9 February 1901.
2. Leeds Station post office was established on 15 Apil 1820 and was renamed on 15 March 1859 as Leeds Junction post office. This was renamed on 8 December 1961 as Leeds Junction Rur. Sta. North Leeds, which closed on 15 March 1965.
3. Wales post office operated from 3 November 1824 until 9 February 1901.


In 1914, there was one post offices in Wales: Leeds Junction. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Wales include:
East Wales
Leeds Junction
Leeds Junction Rur. Sta. North Leeds
Leeds Station
Wales



Leeds Junction

1859 March 15:
   The former Leeds Station post office was renamed as Leeds Junction post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)
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1915 February 25:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The lines to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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date?:
   Leeds Junction post office.
      
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1961 December 8
   Leeds Junction post office was renamed as Leeds Junction Rur. Sta. North Leeds. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



Wales

1824 November 3:
   Wales post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? March 25:
   The circular postmark is approximately 24 mm in diameter.
      
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1901 February 9
   Wales post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)