Kittery Postal History
York County, Maine

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

(updated 28 March 2021)


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



Postmarks from the town of Kittery include:
Appledore
Foreside
Kittery
Kittery Depot
Kittery Point



Appledore

1868 November 12:
   Appledore post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1869 February 26:
   Appledore post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Foreside

1835 February 23:
   The former Kittery post office was renamed as Foreside post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1835 February 23:
   Charles Stimson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1837 January 12:
   Foreside post office renamed as Kittery post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Kittery

1807 January 26:
   Kittery post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1807 January 26:
   Daniel Pierce/Peirce appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1822 March 19:
   Daniel Pierce appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1833 January 28:
   Roger Dearing [spelling?] appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1833 August 8:
   Daniel Pierce appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1834 March 21:
   Kittery post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1837 January 12:
   Kittery post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1837 January 12:
   Charles Stimson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1838 September 5:
   Kittery post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1838 December 10:
   Kittery post office re-opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1838 December 10:
   Charles Stimson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1841 July 10:
   Ephraim F. Shackford appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1845 July 19:
   Sylvester I. Dennett appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1847 September 20:
   Thomas Dixon appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1849 May 3:
   James Philbrick appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1853 April 11:
   Albert A. Hayes appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1855 October 8:
   Alfred W. Walker Jr. appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1857 February 28:
   William O. Chapman appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1861 August 15:
   Albert A. Hayes appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1866 August 24:
   James O. Trefethen appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1881 September 24 through 1882 November 9:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
         
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1888 March 20:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1893 June 17:
   Joseph Langton appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1897 June 7:
   James O. Trefethen appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

date?:
   Kittery post office.
      
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1901 March 21 through 1909 July 20:
   The circular postmark is 28–29 mm in diameter.
         
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1901 June 15:
   Jessie F. Fernald appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1911 Augus 19:
   Thomas E. Wilson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1915 August 14:
   Natt R. Hubbard appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1924 March 1:
   Thomas E. Wilson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1932 October 5:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1936 May 1:
   Natt R. Hubbard appointed Acting Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1936 May 18:
   Natt R. Hubbard appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1949 December 15 through 1949 December 18:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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1954 October 31:
   Allan J. Wentworth appointed Actinng Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1955 June 22:
   Allan J. Wentworth appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1978 December 29:
   Daniel Buckson appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1979 February 9:
   John Fitzgerald appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1979 March 26:
   Jerry August appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1979 June 30:
   Gordon A. Hurley appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1983 June 17:
   Robert L. McCombie appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1983 July 8:
   Richard F. Connelly appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1983 November 26:
   Eleanor M. Collins appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1989 December 28:
   Eric C. Barr appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1990 February 10:
   William E. Penley appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

date?:
   [?] appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1993 January 9:
   Phillip D. Hefty appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1998 December 4:
   Steve Bernier appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

1999 May 20:
   Randy Hitchcock appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2000 January 12:
   Timothy Mayo appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2000 August 15:
   James E. Rosario appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2001 January 27:
   Michael G. Foster appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2002 October 30:
   Al Gower appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2003 January 14:
   William S. Monagle appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2004 January 24:
   Earl A. Nickerson appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2012 October 12:
   John A. Wickman appointed Officer-in-Charge (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2013 May 4:
   Jason R. Beach appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

2014 February 22:
   John A. Wickman appointed Postmaster (source: USPS Postmaster Finder, https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt003.cfm, accessed 28 March 2021)

today:
   Kittery post office is still in operation.


Kittery Depot

1858 December 1:
   Kittery Depot post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1880:
   “A post-office has been opened here to accommodate the business built up with the opening of the Portland, Saco and Portsmouth Railroad at this point, which crosses the river from Portsmouth, N. H., and, passing northward two miles through the town, enters Eliot on its way to Portland.” Horace B. Parker was postmaster. (source: page 281 of Clayton, W. W. 1880. History of York County, Maine: With Illustrations and Biographica Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck.)

1880:
   Horace B. Parker was postmaster. (source: page 281 of Clayton, W. W. 1880. History of York County, Maine: With Illustrations and Biographica Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck.)

1923 January 31:
   Kittery Depot post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Kittery Point

1854 November 13:
   Kittery Point post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1880:
   Edward F. Safford operated a hotel and was also Postmaster. (source: page 281 of Clayton, W. W. 1880. History of York County, Maine: With Illustrations and Biographica Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck.)

1895 July 16 through 1895 July 19:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
         
      (click on an image to enlarge)

1899 November 10:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      
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1902 December 16:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
      (click on image to enlarge)

1904 July:
   The circular postmark is 30–31 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   Kittery Point post office is still in operation.