Orient Postal History
Aroostook County, Maine

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

(updated 1 April 2021)


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



During the history of the town of Orient, there has been only one post office.

Briefly, the history of this one is as follows:
1. Orient post office opened on 19 February 1839, closed on 15 September 1909, re-opened on 11 July 1910, and closed on 9 March 2013.


In 1914, there was only one post office in Orient: Orient. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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The only postmark from Orient is:
Orient



Orient


1839 February 9:
   Orient post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1909 September 15:
   Orient post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1910 July 11:
   Orient post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

date?:
   Levi H. Dunning appointed Postmaster.

1939 December 6:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter. The outside verticalheight of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm.
      
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1940 January 31:
   Clare M. Bartlett appointed Acting Postmaster.

1961 December 1:
   Robert X. Black appointed Acting Postmaster.

1963 December 5:
   Robert X. Black appointed Postmaster.

1969 September 2:
   Betty H. Smith appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1971 July 31:
   Betty H. Smith appointed Postmaster.

1978 August 29:
   Marie M. Black appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1979 March 10:
   Loughlin D. Black appointed Postmaster.

2002 October 30:
   Torri M. Bates appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2002 December 28:
   Barry F. Tower appointed Postmaster.

2013 March 9:
   Orient post office closed.