Sherman
Aroostook County, Maine

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

(updated 29 April 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from James Husson, Kelvin Kindahl, the Strout family collection, and Al Tieman.



During the history of the town of Sherman, there have been five post offices.

Briefly, the history of these five is as follows:
1. Coral post office opened on 3 May 1880 and closed on 26 June 1896.
2. East Sherman post office opened on 30 August 1904 and closed on 29 June 1907.
3. Goldenridge post office opened on 22 July 1868, closed on 27 March 1871, re-opened on 22 June 1874, closed on 7 April 1876, re-opened on 28 November 1881, and closed on 14 December 1918.
4. Number Three post office opened on 7 September 1839 and was renamed on 30 March 1864 as West Sherman post office. This was renamed on 6 May 1864 as Sherman (2) post office, which closed on 29 February 1952.
5. Sherman (1) post office opened on 7 April 1864 and was renamed on 5 May 1864 as Sherman Mills post office, which was renamed on 1 October 2003 as Sherman (1) post office. Sherman (1) post office is still operating.


In 1914, there were three post offices in Sherman: Goldenridge, Sherman (2), and Sherman Mills. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from Sherman include:
Coral
East Sherman
Goldenridge
Number Three
Sherman (1)
Sherman (2)
Sherman Mills West Sherman



Coral


1880 May 3:
   Coral post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1888 March 27:
   The octagonal postmark is 27 mm between parallel sides.
      
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1896 June 26:
   Coral post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Goldenridge


1868 July 22:
   Goldenridge post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1871 March 27:
   Goldenridge post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1874 July 22:
   Goldenridge post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1876 April 7:
Goldenridge Mills post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1881 November 28:
   Goldenridge post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1918 May 16:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter.
      
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1918 December 14:
   Goldenridge post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Number Three


1839 September 7:
   Number Three post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1848 October 16:
   Manuscript postmark.
      
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1864 March 30:
   Number Three post office was renamed as West Sherman post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Sherman (1)


1864 April 7:
   Sherman (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1864 May 5:
   Sherman (1) post office was renamed as Sherman Mills post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

2003 October 1:
   Sherman Mills post office was renamed as Sherman (1) post office.

2020:
   Sherman (1) post office. 11 Woodbridge Corner Road; Sherman, Maine  04776. Lat./Long.: N 45°52′19″ x W 68°23′08″
      
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today:
   Sherman (1) post office is still in operation.


Sherman (2)


1864 May 5:
   Sherman (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1906 February 2:
   The circular postmark is 30–31 mm in diameter.
      
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1950 January 13 through 1950 March 13:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
         
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1952 February 29:
   Sherman (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Sherman Mills


1864 May 5:
   Sherman Mills post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1949 August 1 through 1950 May 24:
   The circular postmark is approximately 26 mm in diameter.
         
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2003 October 1:
   Sherman Mills post office was renamed as Sherman (1) post office.