Boothbay Harbor
Lincoln County, Maine

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

(updated 21 February 2019)


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During the history of the town of Boothbay Harbor, there have been four post offices.

Briefly, the history of these four is as follows:
1. Bayville post office was established on 4 August 1894 and was renamed on 27 December 1963 as Bayville Rur. Sta. Boothbay Harbor. In June 1995, the latter was renamed as Bayville CPO Boothbay Harbor and is still operating.
2. Boothbay Harbor post office was established on 27 March 1889 and is still operating.
3. Isle of Springs was established on 29 June 1892 and was renamed on 19 May 1967 as Isle of Springs Rur. Sta. Boothbay, which was later renamed as Isle of Springs CPO Boothbay. More research is needed to clarify the history of this post office.
4. Haley post office was renamed on 26 March 1902 as West Boothbay Harbor post office, which is still in operation.


In 1914, there were four post offices in the town of Boothbay Harbor: Bayville, Boothbay Harbor, Isle of Springs, and West Boothbay Harbor. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Boothbay Harbor include:
Bayville
Bayville Rur. Sta. Boothbay Harbor
Bayville CPO Boothbay Harbor
Boothbay Harbor
Isle of Springs
Isle of Springs CPO Boothbay
Isle of Springs Rur. Sta. Boothbay
West Boothbay Harbor



Boothbay Harbor


1889 March 27:
   Boothbay Harbor post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1892 July 20:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      

1940 February 18:
   The circular postmark (lower left) is approximately 29 mm in diameter.
      

1932 November 16 through 1940 June 7:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         

1991 September 21:
   The circular postmark is approximately 21 mm in diameter.
      

1991 September 21:
   The circular postmark is 31–33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is approximately 19 mm.
      

1991 September 21:
   The outer circle of the postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter; the inner circle, 22–23 mm in diameter.
      

today:
   Boothbay Harbor post office is still in operation.


Isle of Springs


1892 June 29:
   Isle of Springs post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1967 May 19:
   Isle of Springs post office renamed as Isle of Springs Rur. Sta. Boothbay.

1980 August 8:
   The circular postmark is 32–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 20 mm.
      

?:
   Isle of Springs Rur. Sta. Boothbay renamed as Isle of Springs CPO Boothbay.

?:
   Isle of Springs CPO Boothbay closed.