Contributed by Westport Island History Committee
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This is an E. Joseph Leighton postcard of the old post office (pictured on the right). The "old post office" had been the store of William McKinney (1844-1904). His store, established about 1870, sold such items as candy, needles, thread, shoe laces, calico, school supplies, tobacco, fish lines and patent medicines.
McKinney was postmaster and distributed the mail from his store from 1889 probably until 1904 when he died. In 1905, rural free delivery was started with Charles L. Cromwell as the mail carrier.
About This Item
- Title: Old post office, Westport Island, ca. 1908
- Creator: E. Joseph Leighton
- Creation Date: circa 1908
- Subject Date: circa 1908
- Location: Westport Island, Lincoln County, ME
- Media: Postcard
- Dimensions: 8.8 cm x 13.8 cm
- Local Code: ColbyGreenleaf.Postcard.4.circa1908
- Collection: Colby Greenleaf Collection
- Object Type: Text and Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Post office buildings--Maine--Westport Island
- Postal service--Maine--Westport Island
- Retail trade--Maine--Westport Island
- Stores & shops--Maine--Westport Island
For more information about this item, contact:Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
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