Saco Postal History
York County, Maine

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

(updated 22 July 2021)


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



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

Briefly, the history of these four is as follows:
1. Bayview post office opened on 15 April 1880 and closed on 31 August 1918.
2. Biddeford Saco Carrier Annex ioen in September 1996 and is still operating.
3. The former Biddeford post office moved in 1802 to Pepperellborough [now Saco] and was renamed as Pepperellborough, which on 22 March 1805 became Saco post office, which is still operating,
4. Saco Carrier Annex opened on [?] and closed on [?].

In 1914, there were two post offices in Saco: Bay View and Saco. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the city of Saco include:
Bayview
Saco



Saco

1805 March 22:
   Saco post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? May 12:
    The red circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. Free frank by John Fairfield (30 January 1797–24 December 1847).
      
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1828 April 9:
   The rectangular postmark is 19 mm wide and 29 mm high.
      
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1830 March 12: [year determined from notation inside cover, letter]
   The rectangular postmark is 18–19 mm wide and 20–21 mm high.
      
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1837 January 8:    The red circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1841 October 1:    The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1842 February 12:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1843:    Postmaster: Thomas W. Shannon. (source: The Maine Register and National Calendar for the year 1843.)

1845 May 15:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (notation 1, notation 2; letter)
      
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1846 March 30:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (letter [page 1], letter [page 2], letter [page 3])
      
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1846 July 2:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1848 January 5:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1848 April 13:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1848 November 16:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1849 March 6:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1849? August 9:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1849 September 4:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1849 October 11:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1850 January 7:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1850 August 3:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter [page 1], letter [page 2])
      
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1850 October 7:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1850 October 30:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter [page 1], letter [page 2])
      
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1850 November 18:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter. (notation; letter)
      
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1851 February 24:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter. (letter 1; letter 2 [page 1], letter 2 [page 2])
      
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1855 December 12:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1882 December 12:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1886 December:
   The width and height of the octagonal postmark [see lower right corner of the card] is approximately 25 mm.
      
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1904 April 19:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
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1939 April 5 through 1946 June 6:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
         
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1939 December 12:
   The circular postmark is 25–26 mm in diameter.
      
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1941 April 13:
   Joseph H. Vachon appointed Acting Postmaster.


1942 March 25:
   Joseph H. Vachon appointed Postmaster.


1948 December 7:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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1973 June 29:
   Norman K. McAuley appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1973 October 26:
   John F. McNabb appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1974 January 5:
   John F. McNabb appointed Postmaster.


1979 January 13:
   Edward J. Foley appointed Postmaster.


1979 July 14:
Gustav E. Karlsen appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1981 December 18:
Richard C. Moran appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1982 May 24:
Charles C. Sudbay Jr. appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1982 September 9:
Peter A. Desjardins appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1983 March 15:
Linwood A. Meserve appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1981 September 14:
Thomas C. Buckingham appointed Officer-in-Charge.


1984 January 21:
Guy P. Langelier appointed Postmaster.


2001 January 13:
Forest Beecher Doody appointed Postmaster.


2002 July 9:
Carol Doody appointed Officer-in-Charge.


2008 September 27:
Michael G. Foster appointed Postmaster.


2012 July 30:
Doreen M. Robinson appointed Officer-in-Charge.


2012 October 6:
Doreen M. Robinson appointed Postmaster.


2017 April 28:
Paul J. Dunn appointed Officer-in-Charge.


2017 June 10:
Paul J. Dunn appointed Postmaster.


today:
   Saco post office is still in operation.