Alexander Postal History
Washington 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 the contributions to this page from the Strout family collection.



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

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Alexander (1) post office opened on 10 December 1832 and closed on 19 December 1861.
2. Alenxander Centre post office opened on 14 July 1862 and closed on 20 November 1865.
3. Lane’s Brook post office opened on 2 December 1854 and was renamed on 3 February 1862 as Alexander (2) post office, which closed on 2 April 1943.


In 1914, there was only Alexander (2) post office in Alexander. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)

      
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Postmarks from the town of Alexander include:
Alexander (1)
Alexander (2)
Alexander Centre
Lane’s Brook



Alexander (1)


1832 December 10:
   Alexander (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1861 December 19:
   Alexander (1) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Alexander (2)


1862 February 3:
   The former Lane’s Brook post office was renamed as Alexander (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1934 [month?] 23:
   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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1939 December 8:
   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.
      
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1943 April 2:
   Alexander (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Alexander Centre


1862 July 14:
   Alexander Centre post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1865 November 20:
   Alexander Centre post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)