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Frank Merrill in Cumberland Center Post Office, ca. 1900

Contributed by Phil Chase through Prince Memorial Library

Frank Merrill in Cumberland Center Post Office, ca. 1900

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The Cumberland Center post office was housed in a number of locations between 1826 when it was first established, and 1947 when it was moved to Farwell Ave. For many years it was located within the store operated by brothers Everett and Fenwick Blanchard (present 277 Main St.). After that store burned the post office was moved to temporary quarters until the store was rebuilt. The Blanchard brothers later sold the rebuilt store to James L. Dunn who became Postmaster in 1892. This photograph is believed to have been taken while the post office was situated within the J.L. Dunn store.

Rural free delivery was established in the United States in 1896 and came to Cumberland in 1902.

Note on back; "by flash light by Eli Burnell" (likely meaning photographic flash).


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  • Title: Frank Merrill in Cumberland Center Post Office, ca. 1900
  • Creator: Burnell, Eli
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Local Name: Center
  • Town: Cumberland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 6.2 cm x 9.7 cm
  • Local Code: 2009.0021
  • Collection: Phil Chase Photo Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Prince Memorial Library
266 Main Street, Cumberland, ME 04021
(207) 829-2216
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