Faroese Postal History
 

Local Rate Mail during the
1919 Provisional Period
 
Provisional 1919 Miniature Sheet, Issued 2019

Stamp reference numbers are as follows;
DK (Danish Postal Administration Period) - DAKA GF 10 · 2017 Edition
FO (Faroese Postal Administration Period) - DAKA GF 10 · 2017 Edition
SG - Stanley Gibbons Denmark and Norway · 2018

Simplified Table of Minimum Rates
Letter Rates
Postcard Rates
Date
Local
Inland
Local
Inland
To 31.12.1918
5 øre (250g) 10 øre (250g) 3 øre 5 øre
01.01.1919
7 øre (250g)
5 øre 7 øre
15.10.1919
10 øre (250g) 15 øre (250g) 7 øre 10 øre
01.07.1920

20 øre (250g)
8 øre 15 øre
01.03.1921
10 øre (50g) 20 øre ( 50g )



Between 1st October 1916 and 30th June 1920 all of the Faroes constituted a single local postal area and therefore mail within the Islands could be sent at the Local rate. The Inland rate applied only to mail to Denmark.

Threrfore, up to the end of 1918, local letters could be sent at the 5 øre rate (and postcards at the 3 øre rate).

THORSHAVN
dated -4.4.1917

Used on a 3 øre (grey) stationery postcard.

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local postcard rate of 3 øre applied for post within the Islands from 01.10.1888 until 31.12.1918





THORSHAVN
dated 18-11-1918

Franked with a 5 øre Christian X, green (SG135).

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Relatively late usage of the Local letter rate of 5 øre applied for post within the Islands from 01.10.1902 until 31.12.1918




New postal rates came into effect on 1st January 1919, the most significant change was the raising of the local letter rate from 5 øre to 7 øre.

Due to shipping delays the newly issued 7 øre stamps were not available locally and as a result existing stocks of 1 øre and 2 øre stamps that were used to supplement the 5 øre stamps were soon exhausted.

In response to these shortages the postal headquarters in Copenhagen instructed Torshavn postal officials to start bisecting existing 4 øre stamps on 3rd January and to use them as 2 øre. Although commercial use of stamp bisects are know later, most were used before 14th January.


THORSHAVN
dated 11.1.1919

Franked with a 5 øre King Christian X, green (SG135) together with a Bisected 4 øre Wavy-line, blue (DK1A)

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local letter rate of 7 øre applied for post within the Islands  from 01.01.1919 until 14.10.1919.



From 6th January 1919 newspaper wrappers were then cut up, removing their 4 øre frankings and bisecting them. Since wrappers were not gummed, these bisects were affixed with improvised glue or tucked under an accompanying stamp. These bisects are known to have been used commercially until at least February 1919.


THORSHAVN
dated 12.1.1919

Franked with a 5 øre King Christian X, green (SG135) together with a Bisected 4 øre newspaper wrapper, blue (DK2A)

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local letter rate of 7 øre applied for post within the Islands  from 01.01.1919 until 14.10.1919.



With copies of the 4 øre stamp running short further permission was granted to produce a local 2 øre overprint on 5 øre. Each overprint was applied by hand using printer's type, set into the base of a chair leg. Some very uneven (and even inverted) overprints were produced as a result, including double and partly double overprints. The new overprinted stamps first went on sale on 13th January 1919.

Provisional 2 øre overprint on 5 øre King Christian X, green
(DK3).

Unused with original gum.

With Møller certificate.






THORSHAVN
dated 18.1.1919

Franked with a 5 øre Christian X, green (SG135), together with a local (provisional) 2 øre overprint on a 5 øre Christian X green (DK3), to make up the new 7 øre rate

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local letter rate of 7 øre applied for post within the Islands  from 01.01.1919 until 14.10.1919.



New issues of the 7 øre, orange, King Christian X stamp for the revised postal rates did not arrive until 23rd January 1919.


THORSHAVN
dated 19.8.1919

Franked with a 7 øre King Christian X, orange (SG136).

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local letter rate of 7 øre applied for post within the Islands  from 01.01.1919 until 14.10.1919.



Further increases in postal rates on 15th October 1919 meant the new 7 øre stamp was no longer used for local letters, this rate having increased to 10 øre.

However, the new 7 øre stamp remained in use as it now fulfilled the new local postcard rate which remained until 30th June 1920.


THORSHAVN
dated 22.12.1919

Franked with a 7 øre King Christian X, orange (SG136).

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Postcard sending season’s greetings, addressed within the islands, sent at the local postcard rate of 7 øre which applied for postcards within the Islands  from 15.10.1919 until 30.06.1920.







THORSHAVN
dated 10.5.1920

Franked with a 10 øre King Christian X, scarlet,
SG138.

Datestamp No. 01.05
Type Bro IIIb

Local letter rate of 10 øre (250g) applied for post within the Islands  from 15.10.1919 until 28.02.1921. However the rate for this letter from Thorshavn to Kvivig would increase on 01.07.1920 due to changes in the rules governing Local rate mail (see below)



On 1st July 1920 the rules for Local rate mail changed. Local rates were now only applicable for mail sent within the juristriction of a post office, sub-office or minor sub-office, falling within a radius centered on that office of one Danish mil (about 7.5km) whether overland or by sea.

Examples of future Local Rate items can be found on the General Postal History page

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