Portland Postal History
Cumberland County, Maine

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

(updated 15 May 2019)


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Postmarks from the city of Portland include:
Cliff Island
Cushing Island Sta. Portland
Deering
Deering Center
Diamond
Downtown Sta.
East Deering
Falmouth (1)
Fort Levett Sta., Portland
Fort McKinley Sta.
Little Chebeague
Mariner
North Deering
Northwest Annex Portland
Ottawa
Peaks Island Sta. Portland
Peak’s Island
Pearl Street Sta. Portland
Portland
Portland Branch No. 10
Portland Fort Levett Sta.
Portland ME U.S. Fleet Post Office
Portland Sta. A (1)
Portland Sta. A (2)
Portland Sta. No. 1
Portland Sta. No. 2
Portland Sta. No. 3
Portland Sta. No. 4
Portland Sta. No. 5
Portland Sta. No. 6
Portland Sta. No. 7
Portland Sta. No. 8
Portland Sta. No. 9
Portland Sta. No. 11
Portland Sta. No. 12
Portland Sta. No. 13
Portland Sta. No. 16
Portland Sta. No. 18
Portland Sta. No. 19
Portland Sta. No. 20
Rand Road Annex
Stevens Plains
Stroudwater
Trefethen
West End Sta. Portland
Woodfords
Woodfords Sta. Portland



Cliff Island


1892 December 28:
   Cliff Island post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1938 September 20:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter.
      

1967 August 31:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm.
      

2005 December 30:
   The circular postmark is approximately 37 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 24 mm.
      

today:
   Cliff Island post office is still in operation.


Deering


1882 February 14:
   Deering post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1899 November 17:
   The circular postmark is 28–29 mm in diameter.
      

1900 June 30:
   Deering post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Deering Center


1889 April 10:
   Deering Center post office opened (as “Deering Centre”). (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1892 March 21:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      

1895 October 24:
   Spelling changed from “Deering Centre” to “Deering Center”. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1900 June 30:
   Deering Center post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Peaks Island Sta. Portland


1913 March 31:
   Peaks Island Sta. Portland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1940 July 27 through 1949 January 24:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         

2006 March 7:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 239–24 mm in diameter; the inner, approximately 19 mm.
      

today:
   Peaks Island Sta. Portland post office is still in operation.


Portland


1786 July 5:
   Portland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1820:
   Postmaster: Robert Ilsley (source: Maine Register. 1821.)

1844 December 5:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      

1847 May 18:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      

1884 May 26: [year obtained from enclosed letter]
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter.
      

1887 January 29:
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter.
      

1894 December through 1895 January 22:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
         

1898 January 12:
   The rectangular postmark is approximately 31 mm wide and approximately 7 mm high.
      

1899 June 13:
   The rectangular postmark is approximately 31 mm wide and approximately 7 mm high.
      

1900 June 13:
   The rectangular postmark is approximately 32 mm wide and approximately 14–15 mm high.
      

1903 May 28:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
      

1904 October 14 through 1905 September 18:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
         

1915 April 1 through 1919 October 1:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter.
         

1930 December 20 through 1950 May 15:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
         

1934 August 3:
   The circular postmark is 21–23 mm in diameter.
      

1935 December 22:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter. “Buy U. S. Savings / Bonds / Ask your postmaster”.
      

1943 December 13 through 1943 December 15:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter. “Buy / War Savings / Bonds and Stamps”.
         

1943 November 23 through 1949 May 20:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         

1950 June 25:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      

today:
   Portland post office is still in operation.


Stevens Plains


1832 March 21:
   Stevens Plains post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? September 13:
   The circular postmark is 37–39 mm in diameter.
      

1882 February 14:
   Stevens Plains post office renamed as Deering post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Trefethen


1904 April 18:
   Trefethen post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1905 July 31:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      

1913 March 31:
   Trefethen post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


West End Sta. Portland


1907:
   West End Sta. Portland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1932 April 8:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter.
      

1980 September 15:
   West End Sta. Portland post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Woodfords Sta. Portland


1900 July 1:
   Woodfords Sta. Portland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

19-- March 19:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      

today:
   Woodfords Sta. Portland post office is still in operation.