Belfast Postal History
Waldo County, Maine

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

(updated 24 November 2020)


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



Postmarks from the city of Belfast include:
Belfast
City Point
Poor’s Mills


Belfast


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

year? March 20:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter.
      
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1852:
   Postmaster: Charles Giles. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

year? October 23?:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
1879 August 5: [year determined from contents]
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
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1887 October 29 through 1889 April 23:
   The circular postmark is 26–28 mm in diameter.
         
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date?:
   Precanceled cover.
      
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1895 November [30?] through 1896 November 2:
   The circular postmark is 27–29 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is 32–33 mm tall.
         
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1919 June 3:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1923 July 31:
   The circular postmark is approximately 24 mm in diameter.
      
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date?:
   Belfast post office (straight ahead in the lower left image).
         
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date?:
   Belfast post office.
      
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1933 August 2 through 1938 December 21:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
         
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1937 March 29:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the seven wavy lines to the right of the circle is 17–18 mm.
      
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1950 March 18:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is approximately 32 mm tall and 12(?) mm wide.
      
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1940 February 17 through 1955 October:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the seven wavy lines to the right of the circle is 17–18 mm. It appears from some covers/cards with this postmark that the distance between the postmark and the wavy lines of the cancellation is somewhat variable. Research is needed to determine if this results from slippage as the cover/card passes through the machine, if there is more than one machine with this postmark, or if there is another cause.
         
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2020:
   Belfast post office. 1 Franklin Street; Belfast, Maine 04915. Lat./Long.: N 44°25′30″ x W 69°08′53″
      
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today:
   Belfast post office is still in operation.