York
York County, Maine

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

(updated 2 March 2019)


Thank you to James Hildreth and to the Strout family collection for their contributions to this page.



During the history of the town of York, there have been eight post offices.

Briefly, the history of these eight is as follows:
1. Brixham post office opened on 14 February 1898 and closed on 30 June 1903.
2. Cape Neddick post office was established on 28 February 1825 and is still operating.
3. Long Beach post office, a summer office, opened on 21 May 1890 and closed on 25 September 1890; re-opened on 3 uly 1891 and closed on 14 September 1891; re-opened on 27 June 1892 and closed on 31 August 1892.
4. York (1) post office was established on 12 June 1792. On 6 October 1908, it was renamed as York Harbor post office, which is still operating.
5. York Beach post office was established on 30 August 1881 and was renamed on 29 February 1996 [or 1 March 1996?] to York Beach Br. [or Sta.?] York Harbor, which is still operating.
6. York Cliffs post office, a summer office, opened on 29 April 1895 and closed on 31 August 1911.
7. York Corner post office opened on 13 October 1874 and closed on 31 March 1919.
8. York Village was established on 8 November 1886 and was renamed on 1 October 1850 as York (2) post office, which is still operating.


In 1914, there were five post office in York: Cape Neddick, York Beach, York Corner, York Harbor, and York Village. (source Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of York include:
Brixham
Cape Neddick
Long Beach
York (1)
York (2)
York Beach
York Beach Sta. York Harbor
York Cliffs
York Corner
York Harbor
York Village



Cape Neddick

1826 February 28:
   Cape Neddick post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1890 September 4:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
      
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1908 July 24:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter.
      
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1967 August 28:
   The circular postmark is 31–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 19 mm.
      
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today:
Cape Neddick post office is still in operation.


York Beach

1881 August 30:
   York Beach post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1949 April 25 through 1950 February 2:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1996 February 29:
   York Beach post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


York Harbor

1908 October 6:
   The former York (1) post office was renamed as York Harbor post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1911 June 17:
   The circular postmark is approximately 28 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   York Harbor post office is still in operation.


York Village

1886 November 8:
   York Village post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1905 April 20:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1950 March 1:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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1950 October 1:
   York Village post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)