Blaine Postal History
Aroostook County, Maine

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

(updated 21 February 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Blaine, there have been two post offices.

Briefly, the history of these two is as follows:
1. The former Mars Hill (1) post office was renamed on 21 September 1861 as Alva post office, which was renamed on 6 April 1874 as Blaine post office, which is still operating.
2. Robinsons post office operated from 21 February 1895 until 29 January 1965.


In 1914, there were two post offices in what is now Blaine: Blaine and Robinsons. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from Blaine include:
Alva Blaine Robinsons South Blaine



Alva


1861 September 21:
   The former Mars Hill (1) post office was renamed as Alva post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1861 September 21:
   Joel Valley appointed Postmaster.

1872 February 19:
   Henry O. Perry appointed Postmaster.

1874 April 6:
   Alva post office was renamed as Blaine post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Blaine


1874 April 6:
   Former Alva post office renamed as Blaine post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1874 April 6:
   Henry O. Perry appointed Postmaster.

1876 November 28:
   Orlando P. Robinson appointed Postmaster.

1878 October 2:
   Joel Valley appointed Postmaster.

1885 August 13:
   Samuel E. Brown appointed Postmaster.

1888 July 7:
   Almon O. Nutter appointed Postmaster.

1890 September 19:
   Jonathan Hersom appointed Postmaster.

1893 July 12:
   Almon O. Nutter appointed Postmaster.

1895 May 15:
   George W. Young appointed Postmaster.

1912 October 25:
   Fay B. Ramsay appointed Postmaster.

1915 December 14:
   Fay B. Ramsay appointed Postmaster.

1918 July 19:
   Alberta L. Bell appointed Postmaster.

1920 January 29:
   Ethel F. Husset appointed Postmaster.

1921 February 11:
   Mattie F. Joslyn appointed Postmaster.

1922 November 10:
   Velma E. Briggs appointed Acting Postmaster.

1923 January 24:
   Velma E. Briggs appointed Postmaster.

1923 September 1:
   Alberta L. Bell appointed Acting Postmaster.

1923 October 29b:
   Alberta L. Bell appointed Postmaster.

1939 March 5:
   John H. Watterson appointed Acting Postmaster.

1939 October 20:
   G. Douglas Van Tassell appointed Postmaster.

1942 January 14:
   John H. Watterson appointed Acting Postmaster.

1942 October 9:
   John H. Watterson appointed Postmaster.

1956 November 23:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1973 June 30:
   Stella K. Larrabee appointed OFficer-in-Charge.

1974 January 26:
   Stella K. Larrabee appointed Postmaster.

date?:
   Rowena S. Porter appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1987 June 6:
   Timothy D. Taylor appointed Postmaster.

1992 August 6:
   Brenda J. Grass appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1993 January 29:
   Barbara A. Brown appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1993 June 30:
   Jean Johnson appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1993 October 20:
   David Schools appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1994 February 5:
   Barbara A. Brown appointed Postmaster.

2012 January 3:
   Jill S. Rusby appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2012 January 5:
   David P. Gagne appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2012 May 29:
   Amyee L. Pryor appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2013 July 27:
   The Blaine post office was converted to a Level 6 (6-hour) Remotely Managed Post Office under the direction of the Postmaster of the Mars Hill post office.

today:
   Blaine post office is still in operation.


Robinsons


1895 February 21:
   Robinsons post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1932 June 4:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars at the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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1965 January 29:
   Robinsons post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)