Acton
York County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 18 February 2019)


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During the history of the town of Acton, there have been four post offices.

Briefly, the history o these four is as follows:
1. Acton (2) post office operated from 29 July 1833 until 6 June 1853.
2. North Acton post office opened on 8 February 1851, closed on 14 December 1864, re-opened 21 February 1867, and closed 23 July 1873.
3. The former Shapleigh Corner post office was renamed on 24 December 1830 as Acton (1) post office. This was renamed on 29 July 1833 as Acton Corner post office, which was renamed on 28 November 1853 as Acton (1) post office. The latter is still operating.
4. South Acton post office opened on 2 March 1855, closed 26 January 1861, re-opened 22 August 1865, and closed 31 March 1944.


In 1914, there were two post offices in the town of Acton: Acton (1) and South Acton. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
      Click on image to enlarge.




Postmarks from the town of Acton include:
Acton (1)
Acton (2) Acton Corner
North Acton
South Acton



Acton (1)

1830 December 24:
   The former Shapleigh Corner post office was renamed as Acton (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1833 July 29:
   Acton (1) post office renamed as Acton Corner post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1853 November 28:
   Acton Corner post office renamed as Acton (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1936 August 4:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      

1943 September 17:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      

today:
   Acton (1) post office is still in operation.