Bangor Postal History
Penobscot County, Maine

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

(updated 8 March 2021)


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



Postmarks from the city of Bangor include:
Air Base S Bangor
Bangor
Bangor Sta. 1
Bangor Sta. 2
Bangor Sta. 3
Dow Air Force Base Sta.
East Bangor
Fairmony Sta. Bangor
North Bangor (2)
Six Mile Falls (1)
Six Mile Falls (2)
Veazie
Veazie Br. Bangor
West Bangor



Air Base S Bangor

1941 September 15:
   Air Base S Bangor post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 2021. Updated Rarity Guide.)

1948 April 1:
   Air Base S Bangor post office renamed as Dow Field S post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 2021. Updated Rarity Guide.)



Bangor


1800 September 8:
   Bangor post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1840 October:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. (notation; top of letter; bottom of letter)
      
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1842 November 10: [year determined from contents] (notation; letter)
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter.
      
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1852:
   Postmaster: J. Wingate Carr (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1855 December 15:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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year? January 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. (notation)
      
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1870 February 16: [year determined from contents]
   The outer circle of the postmark is approximately 26 mm in diameter; the inner, 13–14 mm.
      
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1870 June 8 through 1877 August 20: [years determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is 24–24 mm in diameter.
         
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1882 July 8: [year determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1882 July 31: [year determined from contents of envelope]
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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date?
   Bangor post office.
      
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1883 November 27 through 1887 March 26:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter.
         
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1890 February 6 through 1895 September 21:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
         
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1905 January 29 through 1909 August 28:
   The rectangular postmark is 32 mm wide by 15–16 mm high. The six horizontal bars to the right of the postmark are 74 mm long by 15–16 mm high.
         
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1907 April 18:
   The rectangular postmark is 32 mm wide by 15–16 mm high. The six horizontal bars to the right of the postmark are 51–52 mm long by 15–16 mm high.
      
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1910 August 23 through 1917 July 28:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter.
         
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date?
   Bangor post office.
      
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1924 January 23 through 1941 December 31:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the seven wavy lines to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
         
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1929 December 31:
   The circular postmark is approximately 22 mm in diameter. The rectangular box to the right of the circle is approximately 31 mm wide by approximately 20 mm high and reads “Christmas seals / stamp out / tuberculois”.
      
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date?
   Bangor post office.
      
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1939 December 4:
   The circular postmark is 30–31 mm in diameter.
      
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1949 November 2:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter. The rectangular box (minus the horizontal bars) to the right of the circle is 38–39 mm wide.
      
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1984 September 28 through 1991 October 17:
   The circular postmark is 21–23 mm in diameter. The rectangular box (“Always Use Zip Code”) to the right of the circle is approximately 49 mm wide by approximately 19 mm high.
         
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today:
   Bangor post office is still in operation.


Six Mile Falls (1)

1848 June 29:
   Six Mile Falls (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: T. M. Tibbets (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1868 April 22:
   Six Mile Falls (1) post office was renamed as East Bangor post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)