Biddeford Postal History
York County, Maine

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

(updated 15 July 2021)


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



During the history of Biddeford, there have been seven post offices.

Briefly, the history of these seven is as follows:
1. Biddeford post office opened on 21 December 1790, closed in 1802, re-opened on 28 January 1848, and is still operating.
2. Biddeford Sta. No. 1 opened on 1 April 1816 and closed on 30 June 1926.
3. Biddeford Sta. No. 2 opened on 16 April 1916 and closed on 31 March 1929.
4. Biddeford Pool post office opened on 5 December 1866 and is still operating.
5. Five Points S Biddeford opened in 1990 and closed in May 2010.
6. Fortune Rock, know locally as Fortunes Rocks, opened on 5 June 1886 and closed on 28 February 1906.
7. Saint Francis College S Biddeford opened on 1 April 1968 and closed on 8 December 1978.


In 1914, there were two post offices in Biddeford: Biddeford and Biddeford Pool. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the city of Biddeford include:
Biddeford
Biddeford Sta No 1
Biddeford Sta No 2
Biddeford Pool
Five Point Station Biddeford
Fortunes Rocks
Saint Francis College Station Biddeford



Biddeford

1790 December 21:
   Biddeford post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1802:
   Biddeford post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? March 17:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1882 December 6: [year determined from reverse side]
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1884 October 14: [year determined from reverse side]
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1892 April 2: [year determined from reverse side]
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1898 May 31 through 1899 July 25:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter.
         
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1905 September 19 through 1909 September 11:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
         
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1939 December 9:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1949 January 6 through 1949 June 9:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1946 June 6 through 1950 July 14:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1987 October 21:
   The outer circle of the postmark is 28–30 mm in diameter; the inner circle, 18–19 mm.
      
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today:
   Biddeford (3) post office is still in operation.


Biddeford Pool

1866 December 5:
   Biddeford Pool post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1935 September 3 through 1949 July:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1968 November 13:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. The outside height of the four bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm.
      
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today:
   Biddeford Pool post office is still in operation.


Five Points Station Biddeford

1990:
   Five Points Station Biddeford post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1997 January 6:
   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 mm.
      
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2010 May:
   Five Points Station Biddeford post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Saint Francis College Station Biddeford

1968 April 1:
   Saint Francis College Station Biddeford post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1973 May 9:
      The outer circle of the postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter, and the inner circle, 19 mm.
      
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1978 December 8:
   Saint Francis College Station Biddeford post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)