Southwest Harbor Postal History
Hancock County, Maine

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

(updated 20 May 2019)


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



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

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Manset post office was established on 19 June 1893. It was renamed on 11 March 1966 as Manset Rur. Br. Southwest Harbor, and at a date to be determined, it was renamed as Manset CPO Southwest Harbor. It closed on 20 May 1995.
2. East Tremont post office (in Tremont) was renamed on 26 June 1882 as Seawall post office, which closed on 14 January 1928, re-opened on 24 January 1928, and closed on 15 October 1928.
3. Southwest Harbor post office was established on 12 January 1827 and is still operating.


In 1914, there were three post offices in Southwest Harbor: Manset, Seawall, and Southwest Harbor. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Southwest Harbor include:
Manset
Manset CPO
Manset Rur. Br. Southwest Harbor
Seawall
Southwest Harbor



Manset


1893 July 19:
   Manset post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

date?:
   Handwritten on reverse is “Post Office Manset, Me / Manset Groceries and / Barber shop”.
      
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1912 August 23:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
      
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1937 February 10:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1966 March 11:
   Manset post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Manset CPO ?


1966 March 11:
   Manset CPO opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1984 September 26:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter.
      
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date?:
   Manset CPO closed.


Seawall


1882 June 26:
   The former East Tremont post office (in Tremont) was renamed as Seawall post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1916 November 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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1928 January 14:
   Seawall post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1928 January 24:
   Seawall post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1928 October 15:
   Seawall post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Southwest Harbor


1827 January 12:
   Southwest Harbor post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1920 December 22:
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter.
      
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1935 February 23 through 1935 April 29:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter.
         
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1940 March 11 through 1948 July 22:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the seven horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 20 mm. Note that the author of the message on the lower left card was the noted photographer. (image side of lower left card)
         
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1984 September 28:
   The circular postmark is 34–36 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 21–22 mm.
      
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1998 August 7:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter.
      
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2008 November 10:
   The circular postmark is 30–31 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   Southwest Harbor post office is still in operation.