Thomaston Postal History
Knox County, Maine

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

(updated 29 October 2020)


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



During the history of the town of Thomaston, there have been two post offices.

Briefly, the history of these two is as follows:
1. South Thomaston post office was established on 19 February 1845 and is still operating.
2. Thomaston post office opened on 7 October 1777, closed in the Fall of 1778, re-opened on 1 October 1794, and is still operating.


In 1914, there were two post offices in what is now the town of Thomaston: South Thomaston and Thomaston. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Thomaston include:
South Thomaston
Thomaston



South Thomaston


1845 February 19:
   South Thomaston post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1907 January 28:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter. The distance between the pairs of horizontal lines is approximately 33 mm. (image on reverse)
      
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2020:
   South Thomaston post office. 8 Elm Street; South Thomaston, Maine  04858. Lat./Long.: N 44°03′08″ x W 69°07′30″
      
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today:
   South Thomaston post office is still in operation.


Thomaston


1777 October 7:
   Thomaston post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1778 Fall:
   Thomaston post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1794 October 1:
   Thomaston post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1845 April 17:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1836 April 15:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter. (notation; letter [top of letter], letter [bottom of letter])
      
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186- June:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter; the inner, 13 mm.
      
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year? June 6:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
      
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1910 March 24 through 1915 September 8:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
         
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1939 December 4:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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1941 August 20:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
      
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2020:
   Thomaston post office. 135 Main Street; Thomaston, Maine  04861. Lat./Long.: N 43°58′02″ x W 69°12′28″
      
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today:
   Thomaston post office is still in operation.