Eliot
York County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 24 April 2019)


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During the history of the town of Eliot, there have been two post offices.

Briefly, the history of these two is as follows:
1. East Eliot post office was established on 13 February 1826 and on 31 January 1854 was renamed as Eliot (2) post office. This was renamed on 16 December 1854 as Eliot Depot post office, which was renamed on 19 September 1870 as Eliot (2) post office, which closed on 31 May 1935. (See the last day postmark below.)
2. Eliot (1) post office was established on 15 November 1824 and on 31 January 1854 was renamed as South Eliot post office, which was renamed on 16 December 1854 as Eliot (1) post office. This was renamed on 19 September 1870 as South Eliot post office, which was renamed on 1 December 1939 as Eliot (1) post office, which is still operating.


In 1914, there were two post offices in what is now Eliot: Eliot (2) and South Eliot. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Eliot include:
East Eliot
Eliot (1)
Eliot (2)
Eliot Depot
South Eliot



Eliot (1)

1824 November 15:
   Eliot (1) post office opened, as Elliot. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1854 January 31:
   Eliot (1) post office was renamed as South Elliot post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1854 December 16:
   South Eliot post office was renamed as Elliot (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1870 September 19:
   Eliot (1) post office was renamed as South Eliot post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1939 December 1:
   South Eliot post office was renamed as Elliot (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1948 September 23 through 1949 September 20:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1952 January 21:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   Eliot (1) post office is still in operation.





Eliot (2)

1854 Janury 31:
   The former East Elliot post office was renamed as Eliot (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1854 December 16:
   Eliot (2) post office was renamed as Eliot Depot post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1870 Septeber 19:
   The former Eliot Depot post office was renamed as Eliot (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1935 May 18 through 1935 May 31 (last day for post office):
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter.
         
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1935 May 31:
   Eliot (2) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


South Eliot

1854 Janury 31:
   The former Elliot (1) post office was renamed as South Eliot post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1854 December 16:
   South Eliot post office was renamed as Eliot (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1870 Septeber 19:
   Eliot (1) post office was renamed as South Eliot post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1936 March 25:
   The circular postmark is 32–34 mm in diameter. The four horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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1939 December 1:
   South Eliot post office was renamed as Eliot (1) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)