Pownal Postal History
Cumberland County, Maine

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

(updated 31 August 2020)


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



Postmarks from the town of Pownal include:
North Pownal
Pownal (1)
Pownal (2)
West Pownal



North Pownal


1831 June 7:
   North Pownal post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

date?:
   North Pownal post office.
      
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1906 September 29:
   North Pownal post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Pownal (1)


1818 December 16:
   Pownal (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1848 November 25:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter [page 1], letter [page 2])
      
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1849 January 20:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter [page 1], letter [page 2])
      
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1906 September 29:
   Pownal (1) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Pownal (2)


1927 May 1:
   Pownal (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1934 November 13:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm on center.
      
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1939 November 25:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 20 mm.
      
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today:
   Pownal (2) post office is still in operation.


West Pownal


1853 December 13:
   West Pownal post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1892 July 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1927 May 1:
   West Pownal post office renamed as Pownal (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)