Fairfield Postal History
Somerset County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 11 May 2019)


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

Briefly, the history of these seven is as follows:
1. East Fairfield post office opened on 6 Noveber 1838, closed in 1838, re-opened 19 August 1878, and was renamed on 3 March 1904 as Hinckley post office, which is still operating.
2. Fairfield (1) post office was established on 20 January 1807 and was renamed on 17 June 1872 as Fairfield Center post office, which closed 30 September 1935.
3. Kendall’s Mills post office was established on 31 March 1830 and was renamed on 17 June 1872 as Fairfield (2) post office, which is still operating.
4. Fairfield Corners post office operated from 17 May 1822 until 11 August 1882.
5. Larone post office opened on 13 January 1851 and closed on 31 October 1927.
6. North Fairfield post office operated from 5 April 1838 until 15 March 1909.
7. Somerset Mills post office opened on 1 June 1853 and was renamed on 9 April 1889 as Shawmut post office, which closed on 15 April 1918.


In 1914, there were five post offices in the town of Fairfield: Fairfield, Fairfield Center, Hinckley, Larone, and Shawmut. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Fairfield include:
East Fairfield
Fairfield (1)
Fairfield (2)
Fairfield Center
Fairfield Corners
Hinckley
Kendall’s Mills
Larone
North Fairfield
Shawmut
Somerset Mills



East Fairfield


1838 November 6:
   East Fairfield post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

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

1878 August:
   East Fairfield post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1894 May 1:
   The circular postmark is 28–29 mm in diameter.
      
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1904 March 3:
   East Fairfield post office was renamed as Hinckley post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Fairfield (1)


1807 January 20:
   Fairfield (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1838 March 20:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter [page 1]; letter [page 2])
      
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1849 April 13:
   Manuscript postmark. (notation; letter)
      
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1872 June 17:
   Fairfield (1) post office was renamed as Fairfield Center post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Fairfield (2)


1872 June 17:
   Fairfield (2) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

year? September 15:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter.
      
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1884 February 27:
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1898 February 24:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      
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1938 September 28:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1994 November 17:
   Installation Ceremony of the Postmaster for Fairfield (2). The circular postmark is 31–35 mm in diameter. The outer vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 19–20 mm.
               
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today:
   Fairfield (2) post office is still in operation.


Hinckley


1904 March 3:
   East Fairfield post office renamed as Hinckley post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1923 January 9:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1940 February 21 through 1957 December 13:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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today:
   Hinckley post office is still in operation.


Kendall’s Mills


1830 March 31:
   Kendall’s Mills post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1832 April 17:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter)
      
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1835 May 29:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter)
      
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1872 June 17:
   Kendall’s Mills post office renamed as Fairfield (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)