Surry Postal History
Hancock County, Maine

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

(updated 17 August 2020)


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



During the history of the town of Surry, there have been five post offices.

Briefly, the history of these five is as follows:
1. East Surry post office opened on 9 February 1872, closed on 31 October 1924, re-opened on 11 March 1926, and closed on 31 May 1930.
2. Saunders post office operated from 19 August 1902 to 31 May 1905.
3. South Surry (1) post office, a private office, operated from 8 April 1836 to 18 September 1839.
4. South Surry (2) post office opened on 18 March 1874, closed on 15 June 1911, re-opened on 21 October 1912, and closed on 31 October 1934.
5. Surry post office was established on 15 June 1812 and is still operating.


In 1914 there were three post offices in Surry: East Surry, South Surry (2), and Surry. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Surry include:
East Surry
Saunders
South Surry (1)
South Surry (2)
Surry



East Surry


1872 February 9:
   East Sarry post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1910 August 11:
   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 14 mm.
      
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date?:
   East Surry post office.
      
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1924 October 31:
   East Sarry post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1926 March 11:
   East Sarry post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1930 May 31:
   East Sarry post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


South Surry (2)


1874 March 18:
   South Sarry (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1908 May 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 13 mm.
      
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1911 June 15:
   South Sarry (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1912 October 21:
   South Sarry (2) post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1934 October 31:
   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 18󈝿 mm. Note that this is the last day of use for this postmark.
      
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1934 October 31:
   South Sarry (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Surry


1812 June 15:
   Sarry post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1906 November 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 13 mm.
      
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1933 February 23 through 1937 February 20:
   The circular postmark is 30–32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 19 mm.
         
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date?:
   Surry post office.
      
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1956 October 22:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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2006 June 21:
   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 22–23 mm.
      
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2020:
   Surry post office. 1197 Surry Road; Surry, Maine 04684. Lat./Long.: N 44°29′48″ x W 68°29′42″.
      
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today:
   Surry post office is still in operation.