Harpswell Postal History
Cumberland County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 12 May 2019)


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Postmarks from the town of Harpswell include:
Bailey Island
Birch Island
Birch Island Rur. Sta. Brunswick
Cundys Harbor
Cundys Harbor CPO Brunswick
Cundys Harbor Rur. Sta. Brunswick
East Harpswell
Harpswell (1)
Harpswell (2)
Harpswell Center
Mericoneag
North Harpswell
Orrs Island
South Harpswell
West Harpswell



Bailey Island


1888 April 10:
   Bailey Island post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1933 August 24 through 1946 August 29:
   The circular postmark is 31–34 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are 5–6 mm apart on center.
         

1950 April 1:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter.
      

1992 January 2:
   The circular postmark is 31–33 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are 5–6 mm apart on center.
      

today:
   Bailey Island post office is still in operation.



Cundys Harbor


1874 January 20:
   Cundys Harbor post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

31 December 1918:
   Cundys Harbor post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1919 April 15:
   Cundys Harbor post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1935 July 15 through 1935 August 15:
   The circular postmark is 30–32 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 5 mm on center.
         

1937 February 23 through 1950 December 2:
   The circular postmark is 31–33 mm in diameter. The outer vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm.
            

31 October 1958:
   Cundys Harbor post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)



Orrs Island


1868 May 13:
   Orrs Island post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

193- August 5 through 1950 December 1:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 34–35 mm in diameter. The inner circle is 23–24 mm in diameter.
            

today:
   Orrs Island post office is still in operation.



West Harpswell


1847 October 14:
   West Harpswell post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1854 May 27:
   West Harpswell post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1862 September 11:
   West Harpswell post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1884 August:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      

1899 April 15:
   West Harpswell post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)