York County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653

(updated 11 May 2019)

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

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

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Alfred post office was estabished on 23 February 1801 and is still in operation.
2. Gore post office opened on 29 July 1897 and closed on 31 August 1903.
3. North Alfred post office opened on 29 August 1861 and closed on 5 June 1871.

In 1914, there was only one post office: Alfred. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
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Postmarks from the town of Alfred include:
Gore North Alfred


1801 February 23:
   Alfred post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

   Postmaster: Jeremiah Goodwin. (source: Maine Register. 1821.)

   Postmaster: John H. Sayward. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1879 May 27 through 1882 November 23:
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.

1883 February 22: [year obtained from reverse of card]
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.

1892 November 17 through 1897 November 10:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.

1897 March 1:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.

1905 December 22 through 1943 September 2:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.

1934 April 2 through 1950 August 10:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is not a consistent distance from the circle on these covers (and on others observed), and, therefore, it is likely not part of the postmark handstamp.

1939 December 11:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.

1992 May 6:
   The circular postmark is 30–34 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 4 mm apart on center.

   Alfred post office is still in operation.