Skowhegan
Somerset County, Maine

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 5 April 2019)


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

Briefly, the history of these four is as follows:
1. Canaan (2) post office was renamed on 1 April 1814 as Bloomfield post office, which closed on 11 December 1865.
2. Canaan (3) post office was renamed on 2 July 1823 as Milburn post office. This was renamed on 29 April 1836 as Skowhegan post office, which is still operating.
3. East Milburn post office operated from 2 May 1833 until 6 March 1834.
4. South Bloomfield post office operated from 31 May 1848 until 10 January 1857.


In 1914, there was only one post office in what is now Skowhegan: Skowhegan. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Skowhegan include:
Bloomfield
Milburn
Skowhegan
South Bloomfield



Skowhegan


1836 April 29:
   Skowhegan post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1906 February 2:
   The circular postmark is 24–25 mm in diameter.
      
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1918 October 16:
   The circular postmark is 21–22 mm in diameter.
      
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1937 November 30 through 1941 December 22:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
         
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today:
   Skowhegan post office is still in operation.


Milburn


2 July 1823:
   The former Canaan (3) post office was renamed as Milburn post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1835 July 14:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter)
      
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1836 April 29:
   Milburn post office was renamed as Skowhegan post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)