Reed Plantation Postal History
Aroostook County, Maine

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

(updated 17 November 2020)


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



During the history of Reed Plantation, there have been three post offices.

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Maloy post office was established on 23 January 1891, and was renamed on 22 May 1895 as Bancroft (2) post office.
2. Reed Plantation post office opened on 24 June 1878 and closed on 15 November 1906.
3. The former Drew Plantation post office was renamed on 23 February 1874 as Wytopitlock post office. It closed on 3 April 1877, re-opened on 13 September 1877, and is still in operation.


In 1914, there was only one post office in Reed Plantation: Wytopitlock. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from Reed Plantation include:
Maloy
Reed Plantation
Wytopitlock



Wytopitlock


1874 February 23:
   The former Drew Plantation post office was renamed as Wytopitlock post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1877 April 3:
   Wytopitlock post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1877 September 13:
   Wytopitlock post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1905 February 3:
   The circular postmark is 30–31 mm in diameter.
      
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1939 December 4:
   The circular postmark is 31–33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle 18–19 mm.
      
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1942 November 21:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars at the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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2020:
   Wytopitlock post office. 751 Main Street; Wytopitlock, Maine  04497. Lat./Long.: N 45°38′31″ x W 68°04′46″
      
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today:
   Wytopitlock post office is still in operation.