When traveling this autumn I stuck to the heavily vaccinated Northeast. The bulk of my travels consisted of two week-long trips to New England in October and a week-and-a-half Maine excursion earlier this month. This meant I visited a whopping 203 post offices in Mainenearly half the post offices in the entire state and the most in any state during a given year since I documented 212 in New York back in 2017.
As always, my use of the term post offices for these purposes should be taken broadly: it includes carrier-only facilities, freestanding mail processing facilities, and Contract Postal Units (CPUs).
I was thrilled to get to visit several of the further reaches in Maine, including Eustis, Jackman, Vanceboro, and Lubec, while making significant inroads with the post offices on Maine's only-accessible-by-ferry islands, of which I visited six this year (for a personal total of nine thus far). These trips can eat up a lot of time and the logistics can be daunting, though as you've seen from some of my previous posts (such as this one from last month) the results can be rather rewarding.
Scenes from 2021 postal explorations:
Visiting the post office in Vinalhaven, Maine (only accessible by ferry) in October:
Helen, a former postal employee, serving a customer on October 15the last day of operation of the Georgia, Vermont Community Post Office (a Contract Postal Unit):
Albany, NYthe new site of the Academy Station post office under construction, prior to opening:
Part of the [modern, not New Deal] mural behind the retail counter of the Hallowell, Maine post office:
Saint Stephen, New BrunswickRetail Post Office (RPO) at Jean Coutu, a Canadian chain of drugstores:
2021 by the Numbers
I visited as many as 30 post offices (of which 29 were new) in one day this year. State by stateand territory by territory:
Maine: 203 post offices
Focus/Foci: All over the state, but let's say there was a particular focus on the Downeast & Acadia region
Vermont: 70 post offices
Rutland and areas south; Northwest Vermont
New York: 62 post offices
Albany, with routes to the southwest and north
New Hampshire: 22 post offices
Corridor between Lebanon and Manchester, with a slew of revisits around Lake Winnipewaukee
Massachusetts: 5 post offices
Delaware: 1 post office
* Harbeson was suspended when I first completed my run of Delaware post offices, as its former site was being redeveloped. I have now re-completed the First State with the visit to Harbeson's new site:
I visited a handful of new counties in 2021, including Schoharie and Fulton Counties in upstate New York and my remaining four counties in Maine: Franklin, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington.
See you next year! I appreciate all your views, shares, and support.
Saw you on CBS Morning...loved your quest! My sister-in-law is a retired Postal Inspector, so it caught my attention! I have a little post office in a small town that has Sante Fe trail history in Fort Garland, CO...have you been? The Fort museum is just south of it.ReplyDelete
Hi PJ, I have visited that part of the southern tier of Colorado, and photographed the Fort Garland post office back in 2016. In my spreadsheet I noted surprise with the number of dispensaries for such a small town!Delete
Hi Evan, great blog. As of 2022, what does the postmark for a letter mailed from the borough of Queens look like? Are they still doing the Triboro postmark or has it now joined the postmark ranks of New York, NY? Thank you.ReplyDelete
Hi there. There is no longer a Triboro postmark; it has, indeed, joined the ranks of the New York NY cancel from the Morgan plant in Manhattan.Delete