Faroese Postal History
 

Faroese Postal Administration Period


Stamp reference numbers are as follows;
FO - DAKA GF 10 · 2017 Edition


Bridge Cancel
- Bro II (Faroese Spelling)
Two bridge lines, upper and lower-inner circles.
Starting 1 Jun 1962, all offices received new datestamps with place names in Faroese.


Bro IId
- One time figure only (00.00-24.00)


LEIRVIK
dated 24.03.1976

Franked with the 120 oyru stamp from the 1975 Definitive issue (FO8)

Datestamp No. 24.05
Type IId

120 oyru was the (100g) Inland letter rate from 15.06.1974 until the start of Faroese Independent Postal Administration on 01.04.1976.

The datestamp wasin use from 01.06.1962 until 30.06.1988.







Circle Cancel
- Bro III
No bridge lines, no inner circle.
On 1 Jul 1988 new, simplified datestamps of type Bro IIIg were introduced at all offices.



Bro IIIg
- Full year, and no additional time indication


NORDSKALI
dated 02.01.1989

Franked with the 300 oyru Christian Matras stamp from the 1988 Faroese Writers II issue (FO163).

Datestamp No. 46.03 Type Bro IIIg.

300 oyru paid the Inland and Scandinavian 'A' Letter rate from 01.01.1986 until 31.12.1988, so it appears to have slipped through at the old rate two days after the rate change.

The datestamp was in use from 01.07 1988 until the office closd on 30.11.1990 so this datestamp was only in use for a less than 2½ years.





KLAKSVIK
dated 14.04.2000

Franked with the 600 oyru stamp from the 1999 Islands Definitives I: the Northern Islands issue - Kunoy (FO352).

Datestamp No. 03.08 Type Bro IIIg.

600 oyru was the 'A' Letter rate to Europe applicable from 01.10.1999 until 14.10.2001.

This datestamp was used from 01.07.1988 until 28.02.2017.

This is a postcard of Kunoy and was posted on the island to myself via a contact in the Faroes. Postcards posted on Kunoy would receive a Klaksvik datestamp. 600 oyru was the 'A' Letter to Europe rate from 01.10.1999 until 14.10.2001.



SKÚVOY
dated 13.12.2000

Franked with 3 x 200 oyru stamps from the 2000 Island Definitives II issue - Skúvoy (FO373).

Datestamp No. 38.06 Type Bro IIIg.

600 oyru was the 'A' Letter rate to Europe applicable from 01.10.1999 until 14.10.2001.

This datestamp was used from 01.07.1988 until 28.02.2017.

This is a postcard of Skuvoy and was sent to myself via a contact in the Faroes. 600 oyru was the 'A' Letter to Europe rate from 01.10.1999 until 14.10.2001.



KLAKSVIK
dated 13.08.2003

Franked with a 8,00 Kr stamp from the 2002 10th Anniversary of the ICES issue (blue whiting).
(FO423).

Datestamp No. 03.08
Type Bro IIIg.

6,50 kr was the 'A' Letter rate to Europe applicable from 15.10.2001 until 01.08.2004 so this letter has been deliberately overfranked.

This datestamp was used from 01.07.1988 until 28.02.2017.

This is letter was sent to myself via a contact in the Faroes.



VIÐAREIÐI
dated 28.05.2002

Franked with a 6 kr stamp from the 2001 Nordic Myths and Legends issue (Gram and Grani) (FO391).

Datestamp No. 18.06 Type Bro IIIg.

6 Kr was the 'B' Letter rate (20g) to Europe applicable from 15.10.2001 until 01.08.2004. The 'B' letter rate was abolished on 01.01.2006.

This datestamp was used from 01.07.1988 until the post office closed on 31.03.2006.

The cover was sent to myself via a contact in the Faroes. 6 Kr was the 'B' Letter to Europe rate from 15.10.2001 until 01.08.2004.



Machine Cancel
- Ems, Tms
In 1954, the first canceller was introduced in Tórshavn. These can appear with wavy lines (EMS) or with a slogan box (TMS).


Type Ems



TÓRSHAVN
dated 16.12.1975

Franked with a 90 oyru stamp from the 1975 Definitives Issue (FO7)

Datestamp No 01.Ems.08
Type Ems

90 oyru was the (20g) Inland Letter rate applicable from 15.06.1974 until Faroese Postal Administration rates were introduced on 01.04.1976.

This machine cancel was in use from 10.07.1974 until 01.04.1977.

Cover addressed to Vágur, with 1975 'Barnahjalpar grunnurin' tied seal.






TÓRSHAVN
dated 1980

Franked with a 80 øre stamp from the 1975 Definitives Issue (FO6)

Datestamp No 01.Ems.10
Type Ems

80 oyru was the (20g) Inland and Scandanavian Printed Matter rate applicable from 01.02.1978 until 04.04.1982

This machine cancel was in use from 05.11.1979 until 11.07.1984.





TÓRSHAVN
dated 9 MAR 1982

Franked with a 200 øre stamp from the 1980 Faroese Flowers issue (FO45)

Datestamp No 01.Ems.10
Type Ems

The 200 oyru (20g) Inland and Scandanavian Inland Letter rate did not come into force for another month, so this letter appears to be overfranked by 50 oyru.

This machine cancel was in use from 05.11.1979 until 11.07.1984.





TÓRSHAVN
dated 17.05.1989

Franked with a 350 oyru stamp from the 1985 Lighthouses issue (FO117).

Datestamp No 01.Ems.11
Type Ems

350 oyru was the (20g) Inland and Scandanavian 'A' Letter rate applicable from 01.01.1989 until 31.12.1990.

This machine cancel was in use from 12.07.1984 until 29.02.1992

Colour PPC with three pictures of sheep.


Type Tms

TÓRSHAVN
dated 11.07.1987

Franked with a 3.00 kr stamp from the 1986 Europa CEPT issue (FO128).

Datestamp No 01.Tms.05
Type Tms
(Chess Slogan)

3.00 Kr was the (20g) Inland and Scandinavian 'A' Letter rate applicable from 01.01.1986 until 31.12.1988.

This Slogan Cancel was in use from 01.07.1987 until 23.07.1987




Roller Cancel
- Rul
First introduced in 1963, roller cancels are normally used on oversized (nonmachinable) mail and parcels.





Special Datestamps
- Sær
Since 1935, the larger post offices have occasionally used special datestamps to cancel mail.


TÓRSHAVN
dated 28.05.1976

Franked with a 125 oyru stamp from the 1976 Independent Postal Administration issue (FO15).

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.04 (40th Anniversary of Føroya Filatelistfelag).

Used on a Philatelic commemorative cover showing the mailship 'RUTH' together with a sketch of the datestamp used onboard.



SØRVÁGUR
dated 01.02.1977

Franked with a 160 øre stamp from the 1976 Independent Postal Administration Issue (FO16).

Datestamp No. 19.Sær.01
(Used for First Flights, various).

 This cover was issued to commemorate the inaugural Danair Boing 737 flight from Sørvágur to Copenhagen.





TÓRSHAVN
dated 30.05.1986

Franked with a 300 øre stamp from the 1985 Aviation issue (FO123)

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.08
(Medical Conference)




TÓRSHAVN
dated 27.06.1986

Franked with a 300 øre stamp from the Ancient Folk Song: Skrimslá issue (FO124).

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.09
(Norðatlantex, Postverk Føroya 10 ár)




TÓRSHAVN
dated 28.6.1986

Franked with a 3,00 kr stamp from the 1986 Amnesty International 25 Years issue (FO130).

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.10 (50th Anniversary of Føroya Filatelistfelag)

Used on a Philatelic commemorative cover showing the mailship 'SMIRIL' together with a sketch of the datestamp used onboard.



TÓRSHAVN
dated 14.05.1990

Franked with a 3,50 kr stamp from the 1990 Europa CEPT issue (FO192).

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.14
(British Week)

Used on a 1987 Tourist postcard 'View of Koltur' produced by Postverk Føroya.






TÓRSHAVN
dated 28.05.1976

Franked with a 4,50 kr stamp from the 1996 Invasion Birds I issue (FO291).

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.30
(Norðatlantex, Postverk Føroya 20 ár)




TÓRSHAVN
dated 01.04.2001

Franked with the 25th Anniversarry of the Faroese Postal Services miniature sheet (FO385-387)

Datestamp No. 01.Sær.53
(Postverk Føroya 25 Ára Dagin)





Emergency Cancels
- Kon
This type of cancel has been used by some collecting offices as an emergency cancel.




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