Orland Postal History
Hancock County, Maine

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

(updated 21 Jue 2021)


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



During the history of the town of Orland, there have been three post offices..

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. East Orland post office opened on 15 July 1867 and closed on 21 July 1869. It re-opened on 19 November 1878 and is still in operation.
2. North Orland post office opened on 16 October 1889, closed on 22 April 1890, re-opened on 9 June 1890, and closed on 28 February 1913.
3. Orland post office was established on 8 February 1821 and is still operating.


In 1914 there were two post offices in Orland: East Orland and Orland. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Orland include:
East Orland
North Orland
Orland



East Orland


1867 July 15:
   East Orland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1869 July 21:
   East Orland post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1878 November 19:
   East Orland post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1937 June 17:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 13 mm.
      
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2020:
   East Orland post office. 986 Acadia Highway; Orland, Maine 04472. Lat./Long.: N 44°33′59″ x W 68°41′06″.
      
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today:
   East Orland post office is still in operation.


North Orland


1889 October 16:
   North Orland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1890 April 22:
   North Orland post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1890 June 9:
   North Orland post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1907 July 31:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 14 mm.
      
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1911 January 13:
   The circular postmark is 31 mm in diameter.
      
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1913 February 28:
   North Orland post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Orland


1821 February 8:
   Orland post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? September 20:
   Manuscript postmark. (notation; letter)
      
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1846 July 18:
   Manuscript postmark. (notation; letter)
      
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1846 December 21:
   Manuscript postmark. (notation; letter [page 1], letter [page 2], letter [page 3], letter [page 4])
      
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1850 March 18:
   Manuscript postmark.
      
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1859 August 18 ?:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter.
      
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1879 February 28:
   The outer circle of the postmark is approximately 25 mm in diameter; the inner, 16–17 mm.
      
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1934 November 14:
   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 20 mm.
      
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1950 January 14:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter.
      
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2020:
    Orland post office. 59 Castine Road; Orland, Maine 04472. Lat./Long.: N 44°34′16″ x W 68°44′52″
      
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today:
   Orland post office is still in operation.