Andover Postal History
Oxford County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 23 April 2019)


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

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Andover post office was established on 18 August 1824 and is still operating.
2. East Andover post office was established 27 April 1900 and is still operating.
3. South Andover post office operated from 27 May 1851 until 15 October 1932.


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



Andover

1824 August 18:
   Andover post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1839 April 4:
   Manuscript postmark. (notation; letter [page 1]; letter [page 2]; letter [page 3])
      

1845 January 10: [date and town determined from letter]
   The rate of 121/2 cents was for 81–150 miles.
      

1852:
   Postmaster: Ezekiel Merrill. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

year? October 8:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      

1882 March 9:
   The outer oval of the postmark is approximately 24 mm high. Note that the name of the postmaster is included in the postmark. (letter [page 1]; letter [pages 2-3])
      

1913 April 11 through 1928 December 24:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         

1931 December 24 through 1934 December 25:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is approximately 28 mm high and is composed of 9 horizontal segments.
         

1932 August 3:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter. Note that the time is upside down.
      

1935 February 9 through 1942 December 21:
   The circular postmark is 32–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
          

1944 December 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm.
      

1949 November 18 through 1952 August 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
         

1977 September 6 through 1979 January 5:
   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 18–19 mm.
         

1979 October 30 through 1980 January 14:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter.
         

today:
   Andover post office is still in operation.


East Andover

1900 April 27:
   East Andover post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1935 February 26:
   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 18–19 mm.
      

1940 March 15:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
      

1979 October 30:
   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 19–20 mm.
      

today:
   East Andover post office is still in operation.