Postmarks From the Past is dedicated to writing about and preserving Michigan postal history, in particular those post offices which have closed.

New! Visit W.P.A.-New Deal Art During the Great Depression. This shows the pictures of murals in post offices from various states. If you look under MI, you'll notice Munising, Marquette and a few others I have submitted.

New! Browse photos of old Michigan post offices online! Visit 

New! We now have a listing of Alger County post offices with a wonderful old map, to boot.

My column appears monthly in The Great Lakes Mariners newspaper, Grand Marais, MI, also featuring Folklore, Fables, & Features of the Great Lakes States.

Wanted: Old postcards and envelopes with postmarks from Michigan and Wisconsin of discontinued post offices.  Also, pictures and/or postcards with post offices. 

Paul E. Petosky
Box 537
Munising, MI  49862

Phone: (906) 387-2101


A Post Office from the past:
Maxton, Michigan (Chippewa County)

This tiny Post Office operated from 
March 9, 1900 to November 29, 1930.  When the post office discontinued operation, the mail service went to Drummond Island.  Maxton is located in Drummond Township. The first
postmaster was Ernest A. Sims.
(Photo from State Archives of Michigan)

Featured photos:

K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base 

Branch of Gwinn Post Office
Opened August 1, 1960, 
discontinued September 30, 1995.
(Photos and postmark courtesy of Paul T. Schroeder, Oshkosh, WI)




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