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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Island Postmistresses

… department established a mail route and paid the mail carrier In 1894 this old mail route was discontinued and a steamboat company contracted to…

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Historic Hallowell - Henry Pope Clearwater Ph.D.~ Patient Medicine Mass Marketer

… Tribune soon created a patent medicine mail-order business that was unlike anything seen to that time.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Sears and Roebuck Company Building

This building replaced a mail order office. When it was built, the store was the second largest Sears building in New England.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

… a steamboat company contracted to bring a daily mail run from Rockland, and in 1898 when Dr. Small published his history, the island received…

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Historic Hallowell - Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community

… a sandpaper mill and The Heart Cure Co., a large mail order patent-medicine concern. The largest single employer, established after the Civil War…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

A mail route established between Islesboro and Lincolnville transferred mail every Thursday via boat, with an unofficial post office established on…

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Maine Maritime Museum

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Scarborough Historical Society & Museum

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Strong's History - Page 1 of 4

Starting in 1822, horseback riders delivered mail to Farmington, Strong, Phillips, Kingfield, New Portland, and Anson.

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Blue Hill, Maine - John Edward Horton, Civil War Soldier

… money to his family and anxiously awaited return mail from them. John’s family told him there were many “Bluehillers” going west to earn more money…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Strong's History - Page 2 of 4

Horses brought the mail from the train to the post office. Salesmen, stagecoach passengers, and lumbermen were taken to their destinations on…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn

… communication occurred by written letter and mail. Travel routes were primarily over the water; there were few and very primitive roads.