Brooklin Postal History
Hancock County, Maine

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

(updated 12 April 2021)


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



During the history of the town of Brooklin, there have been six post offices.

Briefly, the history of these six is as follows:
1. Flye Point post office was established on 19 November 1919 and closed on 15 October 21.
2. Haven post office, a summer office, was established on 12 May 1894, closed on 30 September 1918, re-opened on 4 June 1919, and closed on 31 May 1956.
3. Naskeag post office opened on 17 January 1893 and closed on 30 September 1920.
4. North Brooklin post office opened on 6 March 1863 and closed on 23 September 1992.
5. Sedgewick Bay post office was established on 21 March 1829. It was renamed on 16 October 1849 as Brooklin post office, which is still operating.
6. West Brooklin post office opened on 16 June 1890 and closed on 31 July 1942.


In 1914, there were six post offices in Brooklin: Brooklin, Flye Point, Haven, Naskeag, North Brooklin, and West Brooklin. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Brooklin include:
Brooklin
Flye Point
Haven
Naskeag
North Brooklin
Sedgwick Bay
West Brooklin



Brooklin


1849 October 16:
   The former Sedgwick Bay post office was renamed as Brooklin post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1897 July 30:
      
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1934 June 18 through 1938 May 9:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 19 mm.
         
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2020:
   Brooklin post office. 26 Reach Road; Brooklin, Maine 05616. Lat./Long.: N 44°15′56″ x W 68°34′16″
      
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today:
   Bar Harbor post office is still in operation.


Haven


1894 May 12:
   Haven post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1912 July 27:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 13 mm.
      
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1918 September 30:
   Haven post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1919 June 4:
   Haven post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

ca. 1940:
   This photograph is on the reverse side of the 1941 June 23 card shown below.
      
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1941 June 23:
   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 19 mm.
      
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1956 May 31:
   Haven post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Naskeag


1893 January 17:
   Naskeag post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1915 October 21:
   The circular postmark is 32 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the postmark are 4 mm apart. (image side of card)
      
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1920 September 30:
   Naskeag post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


North Brooklin


1863 March 6:
   North Brooklin post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1948 August 30:
      
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1992 September 23:
   North Brooklin post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)