Bradford Postal History
Penobscot County, Maine

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

(updated 23 April 2021)


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



Postmarks from the town of Bradford include:
Blakesburg (1)
Blakesburg (2)
Bradford
Bradford Center
East Bradford
North Bradford



Bradford

1832 June 8:
   Bradford post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1881 December 24
   The circular postmark is 29 mm in diameter. Postmaster was Thomas R. Kingsbury.
      
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1909 December 18
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 13–14 mm.
      
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date?
   Bradford post office.
      
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1909 December 18
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 13–14 mm.
      
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1939 December 14
   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 approximately 20 mm.
      
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1949 December 5 through 1950 March 11:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter.
         
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1956 October 22 [year determined from reverse side]
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four bars to the right of the circle is approximately 19 mm.
      
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2020
   Bradford post office. 11 Storer Drive; Bradford, Maine  04410. Lat./Long.: N 45°04′24″ x W 68°53′42″
      
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today:
   Bradford post office is still in operation.


Bradford Center

1877 November 12:
   Bradford Center post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1944 January 26:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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1956 October 23:
   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.
      
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1957 September 6:
   Bradford Center post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


North Bradford

1853 September 23:
   The former South Orneville post office was renamed as North Bradford post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1905 July:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
      
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1924 March 15:
   North Bradford post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)