Arizona Postal History


Here are postal cancellations from U. S. post offices in Arizona. The post offices are listed by county and may currently be active or discontinued. The cancellations are on vintage postcards, postally used envelopes, some philatelic covers, a few receipts, and some cut rectangles that are in my collection. For each post office the images are displayed starting with the oldest.

Abbreviations

CDP - Census Designated Place.
CPO - Community Post Office, a contract postal unit usually in a business in a small community with no other postal services.
CPU - Contract Postal Unit, a station or branch associated with and operated by a business under contract to the Postal Service.
DPO - discontinued post office.
OPN - old post office name, replaced by a new or revised name.
TPC - territorial postal cancellation, postmark dated before February 14, 1912, the day Arizona became a state.
TPS - temporary philatelic station.
VPO - Village Post Office, a contract unit that sells stamps and priority mail flat rate envelopes.


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APACHE COUNTY

Adamana

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. SEP 2 1905". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. AUG 14 ?" [circa early 1910s].

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. SEP 25 1915".

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. OCT 17 1932".

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. FEB 1 1949".

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. SEP 3 1952".

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. JUN 10 1957".

    Hand cancellation: "ADAMANA, ARIZ. MAR 30 1962".

Allantown

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "ALLANTOWN, ARIZ. JUL 5 1927".

Alpine

    Hand cancellation: "ALPINE, ARIZ. NOV 4 1936".

    Hand cancellation: "ALPINE, ARIZ. AUG 27 1956".

    Hand cancellation: "ALPINE, ARIZ. JUL 5 1961".

    Hand cancellation: "ALPINE, ARIZ. APR 23 1962".

Bannon

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "BANNON, ARIZ. JUL 24 1939".

Blue Gap

    Two different hand cancellations: "BLUE GAP, AZ 86520 MAR 6 1992" and "BLUE GAP, AZ 86520 USPS MAR 6 1992".

    Hand cancellation: "BLUE GAP, AZ 86520 MAY 15 2013".

Chambers

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, ARIZ. MAY 3 1951".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, ARIZ. OCT 10 1956".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, ARIZ. MAY 9 1962".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, ARIZ. JUN 8 1964".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, AZ 86502 MAR 23 1970".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, AZ 86502 JUL 2 1974".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, AZ 86502 AUG 22 1977".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, AZ 86502 SEP 19 1981".

    Hand cancellation: "CHAMBERS, AZ 86502 MAY 13 1991".

Chin Lee

[OPN]

This is an older name for Chinle.

    Hand cancellation: "CHIN LEE, ARIZ FEB 28 1934".

    Hand cancellation: "CHIN LEE, ARIZ MAR 31 1941".

Chinle

    Hand cancellation: "CHINLE, ARIZ DEC 22 1941".

    Hand cancellation: "CHINLE, ARIZ. FEB 27 1962 ( 1 )".

    Machine cancellation: "CHINLE, AZ 86503 JUL 20 1966".

Concho

    Hand cancellation: "CONCHO, ARIZ. MAY 13 1936".

    Hand cancellation: "CONCHO, AZ 85924 MAR 7 1978".

    Hand cancellation: "CONCHO, AZ 85924 USPS MAR 5 2013".

Dennehotso: Dennehotso CPU

[DPO]

    Two different hand cancellations: "DENNEHOTSO CPO, AZ 86535 MAY 14 1993" and "DENNEHOTSO CPO, AZ USPS MAY 14 1993".

    Hand cancellation: "DENNEHOTSO, AZ 86535 USPS MAY 15 2013".

Eagar

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, ARIZ. JAN 14 1910". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, ARIZ. DEC 9 1929".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, ARIZ. MAY 20 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, ARIZ. MAY 2 1961 | 1 |".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, ARIZ. OCT 31 1964 | 1 |".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 MAR 30 1971".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 AUG 31 1977".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 DEC 27 1983".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 MAY 25 1989".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 JUN 26 1990".

    Two different cancellations: hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 AUG 11 1994", and machine cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 AUG 11 1994".

    Hand cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 FEB 4 1998".

    Machine cancellation: "EAGAR, AZ 85925 FEB 7 1998".

Eagar: Centennial Station

[TPS]

    Special hand pictorial cancellation: "CENTENNIAL STATION, EAGAR, ARIZONA 85925 FEBRUARY 4, 1998".

Floy

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "FLOY, ARIZ. JUN 15 1932".

Fort Defiance

    These covers are for the dedication of the Southern Navajo Airport. Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. JAN 3 1933".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. AUG 27 1946 | 1 |".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. FEB 17 1951 | 1 |".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. AUG 30 1960 | 1 |".

    Machine cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. JUL 19 1961".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, AZ 86504 FEB 5 1980".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, AZ 86504 JUL 17 1986".

    Hand cancellation: "FORT DEFIANCE, AZ 86504 USPS SEP 4 1986".

Ganado

    Hand cancellation on receipt: "GANADO, ARIZ. APR 20 1920.

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, ARIZ. JAN 3 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, ARIZ. MAR 27 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, ARIZ. MAR 5 1948".

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, ARIZ. JUN 30 1949 ( 1 )".

    Machine cancellation: "GANADO, ARIZ. OCT 8 1965".

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, AZ 86505 DEC 13 1983".

    Hand cancellation on front & back: "GANADO, AZ 86505 MAR 6 1991".

    Hand cancellation: "GANADO, AZ 86505 USPS JUN 6 2013".

Greer

    Hand cancellation: "GREER, ARIZ. JUL 2 1956".

    Hand cancellation: "GREER, ARIZ. JUN 8 1957".

    Hand cancellation: "GREER, AZ 85927 SEP 7 1979".

Halloysite

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "HALLOYSITE, ARIZ. SEP 16 1927".

Hawley Lake

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "HAWLEY LAKE, AZ 85930 AUG 26 1969.

    Hand cancellation: "HAWLEY LAKE, AZ 85930 AUG 14 1970.

    Hand cancellation: "HAWLEY LAKE, AZ 85930 JUN 4 1979.

Houck

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "HOUCK, ARIZ. MAR 21 1936".

    Hand cancellation: "HOUCK, ARIZ. JUL 15 1939".

    Hand cancellation: "HOUCK, ARIZ. DEC 4 1942".

    Hand cancellation: "HOUCK, AZ 86506 AUG 12 2005".

Klagetoh

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "KLAGETOH, ARIZ. DEC 24 1934".

Lukachukai

    Hand cancellation: "LUKACHUKAI CPU, AZ 86507 NOV 23 1999".

    Hand cancellation: "LUKACHUKAI, AZ 86507 USPS MAY 21 2013".

Lupton

    Hand cancellation: "LUPTON, ARIZ. JUN 28 1946".

    Hand cancellation: "LUPTON, ARIZ. SEP 5 1949".

    Hand cancellation: "LUPTON, ARIZ. DEC 1 1953".

Many Farms

    Hand cancellation: "MANY FARMS RUR. BR., CHINLE, AZ USPO JAN 2 1973".

    Hand cancellation: "MANY FARMS, AZ 86538 NOV 23 1999".

    Hand cancellation: "MANY FARMS, AZ 86538 USPS JUL 26 2013".

Maverick

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "MAVERICK, ARIZ. AUG 26 1948".

    Hand cancellation: "MAVERICK, ARIZ. AUG 28 1948".

    Hand cancellation: "MAVERICK, ARIZ. SEP 24 1953".

McNary

    Hand cancellation: "McNARY, ARIZ. SEP 7 1935".

    Machine cancellation: "McNARY, ARIZ. AUG 11 1960".

    Machine cancellation: "MCNARY, AZ 85930 JUL 5 1973".

Navajo

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "NAVAJO, ARIZ. DEC 12 1934".

    Hand cancellation: "NAVAJO, ARIZ. NOV 11 1937".

    Hand cancellation: "NAVAJO, ARIZ. APR 14 1962".

Navajo Agency

[OPN]

This is the old name for Window Rock.

    Hand cancellation: "NAVAJO AGENCY, ARIZ. MAY 9 1936".

Nazlini: Nazlini CPU

    Two different hand cancellations: "NAZLINI, AZ 86540 AUG 19 1986", and "NAZLINI, AZ CPO AUG 19 1986".

    Hand cancellation: "NAZLINI CPO, AZ SEP 15 2014".

Nutrioso

    Doane hand cancellation: "NUTRIOSO, ARIZ. JAN 14 1910 | 1 |". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "NUTRIOSO, ARIZ. SEP 14 1944".

    Hand cancellation: "NUTRIOSO, ARIZ. JUN 13 1961".

    Hand cancellation: "NUTRIOSO, AZ 85932 JUN 4 1985".

Petrified Forest National Park

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK RUR. BR., HOLBROOK, AZ 86025 AUG 14 1967".

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST NATL PARK, AZ 86028 DEC 9 1986".

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST, AZ 86028 FEB 27 1987".

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST NATL PARK, AZ 86028 AUG 29 2003".

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST NATL PARK, AZ 86028 MAY 13 2004".

Petrified Forest National Park: Petrified Forest National Park CPU

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST NATL PARK, AZ 86028 APR 2 2013".

    Hand cancellation: "PETRIFIED FOREST, AZ 86028 USPS SEP 12 2018".

Plenty

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "PLENTY, ARIZ. JUL 15 1937".

Red Valley

    Two different hand cancellations: "RED VALLEY, AZ 86544 MAY 14 1993" and "RED VALLEY, AZ USPO MAY 14 1993".

    Hand cancellation: "RED VALLEY, AZ 86544 AUG 2 1995".

    Hand cancellation: "RED VALLEY, AZ 86544 USPS SEP 17 2014".

Rock Point

    Hand cancellation: "ROCK POINT, ARIZ. JUN 11 1930".

    Hand cancellation: "ROCK POINT, AZ 86545 USPS MAY 29 2013".

Round Rock: Round Rock CPU

    Two different hand cancellations: "ROUND ROCK, AZ 86547 MAR 4 1992" and "ROUND ROCK CPO, AZ USPO MAR 4 1992".

    Hand cancellation: "ROUND ROCK CPO, AZ 86547 USPS OCT 1 2012".

Saint Johns

    Hand cancellation: "SAINT JOHNS, ARIZ. JUL 12 1899". [TPC]

    Machine cancellation: "SAINT JOHNS, ARIZ. MAR 30 1940".

    Machine cancellation: "ST. JOHNS, AZ 85936 JUN 25 2001".

Saint Jons

[OPN]

This is a spelling error for Saint Johns.

    Hand cancellation: "ST JONS, AZ 85936 USPS JUN 17 2013".

Saint Michaels

    Hand cancellation: "SAINT MICHAELS, ARIZ. APR 7 1949".

    Hand cancellation: "SAINT MICHAELS, AZ JUL 29 2002".

Sanders

    Hand cancellation: "SANDERS, ARIZ. NOV 19 1938".

    Hand cancellation: "SANDERS, ARIZ. AUG 13 194?".

    Hand cancellation: "SANDERS, ARIZ. APR 12 1955".

Sawmill

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "SAWMILL, ARIZ. JAN 15 1953.

    Hand cancellation: "SAWMILL RUR. STA., FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. USPO JAN 11 1977.

    Hand cancellation: "SAWMILL RUR. STA., FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZ. USPO JAN 23 1984.

Springerville

    Hand cancellation: "SPRINGERVILLE, ARIZ. MAY 12 1934".

    Machine cancellation: "SPRINGERVILLE, ARIZ. JUL 21 1955".

    Machine cancellation: "SPRINGERVILLE, AZ 85938 AUG 11 1967".

Springville

[OPN]

This was a spelling error for Springerville and apparently only in use for a short time during 1937.

    Machine cancellation: "SPRINGVILLE, ARIZ. APR 6 1937".

Sunrise Springs

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "SUNRISE SPRINGS, ARIZ. APR 20 1920.

Teec Nos Pos

    Hand cancellation: "TEEC NOS POS, ARIZ. SEP 26 1961".

    Hand cancellation: "TEEC NOS POS, AZ 86514 JAN 20 1963".

    Hand cancellation: "TEEC NOS POS, AZ 86514 USPS APR 30 2013".

Teec Nos Pos: Four Corners Station

[TPS]

    Special hand pictorial cancellation: "FOUR CORNERS STATION, TEEC NOS POS, AZ 88514 JULY 12 2000".

Tsaile

    Hand cancellation: "TSAILE POST OFFICE, AZ 86556 MAY 30 2013".

Vernon

    Hand cancellation: "VERNON, AZ 85940 MAR 5 1967".

    Hand cancellation: "VERNON, ARIZONA 85940 APR 22 2013".

Wide Ruins

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "WIDE RUINS RUR. STA., CHAMBERS, ARIZ. USPS OCT 24 1975".

    Hand cancellation: "WIDE RUINS, ARIZ. OCT 25 1975".

Window Rock

    Hand cancellation: "WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. OCT 17 1936".

    This cacheted cover features the Navajo Native Americans. Hand cancellation: "WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. AUG 15 1961".

    This cacheted cover is for the first day of issue of the Navajo Art 22 cents postage stamp. It has two postal cancellations. Special hand slogan cancellation: "WINDOW ROCK, AZ 86515 SEP 4 1986 | FIRST DAY OF ISSUE |". Special hand slogan & pictorial cancellation: "WINDOW ROCK, AZ 86515 SEP 4 1986 | NAVAJO NATION FAIR |".

Window Rock: 50 Years of Peace Station

[TPS]

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "50 YEARS OF PEACE STATION, Window Rock, AZ 86515 July 9, 1994 ( SAIPAN GUAM & TINIAN ) | Navajo Code Talkers U.S.M.C. |".



Douglas Post Office on postcard, circa late 1930s


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