Faroese Postal History
 

Faroese Postmarks

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

Notes timestamps used on different Datestamp types:
a - Time interval 0 to 12 followed by F or E*
b - Time interval 0 to 12 followed by F or ε*
c - Time interval 0 to 24
d - One time figure only (00.00-24.00)
g - Full year, and no additional time indication

*  F demotes a.m and E denotes p.m.


Numeral Cancel
- Num
3-ring postmark with number in the centre.
Used only in Tórshavn (238) and Tvøroyri (284). All numeral cancels were withdrawn in 1884.


THORSHAVN
date unknown

Franked with an 8 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 01.01
Type Num

8 øre was the Inland Letter rate during the period 01.01.1875 to 30.09.1902, so this stamp may have been used on such a letter.

The 238 cancel was first introduced on 01.03.1870 when the Thorshavn sub-office was opened and remained in use until 1884.





Lapidar Cancel
- Lap
Circular dated postmark - sans serif typeface.
Used only in Tórshavn, Klaksvik and Tvøroyri. These postmarks were withdrawn in November 1889 and replaced with bridge cancellers.


THORSHAVN
dated 22/10 (year unknown)

Franked with a 16 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 01.02
Type Lap

16 øre was the rate for Letters/Printed matter to Iceland during the period 01.07 1875 to 30.09.1907 so this stamp may have been used for this purpose.

The Thorshavn lapidar  cancel was introduced on 01.03.1870 when the Thorshavn sub-office was opened, and remained in use until withdrawn in November 1899.



TRANGISVAAG
dated 29.1.1899

Franked with a 8 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 02.03
Type Lap

8 øre was the Inland Letter rate during the period 01.01.1875 to 30.09.1902, so this stamp may have been used on such a letter.

The Trangisvaag lapidar  cancel was first introduced in 1884 and remained in use until withdrawn in November 1899.



KLAKSVIG
dated 15.7.1897


Franked with an Iceland 5 Aur stamp.

Datestamp No. 03.01
Type Lap

This stamp will have been on mail taken off a ship arriving from Iceland and cancelled on receipt in the Faroes.

The Klaksvig lapidar  cancel was first introduced in 1888 when  the sub-office was opened and remained in use until withdrawn in November 1899.




Early Bridge Cancels
- Bro I
Two bridge lines, upper and lower-inner circles, and vertical bars.
First introduced in 1899 at Thorshavn, Klaksvig and Trangisvaag. Introduced later at Vaag (in 1908).



VAAG
dated 3-1-1918

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

Datestamp No. 12.02
Type Bro Ia

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


03.03 Type Bro Ia

03.04 Type Bro Ic

THORSHAVN
dated -9.11.1903

Franked with a 5 øre Coat of Arms stamp.

Datestamp No. 01.03
Type Bro Ig

5 øre was the Local Letter rate for the period 01.10.1902 to 31.12.1918.

Addressed to the Priest Andreas Christian Evensen at Sand.

Relatively early usage of this cancel which was used from 21.10.1899 to 30.01.1917.


THORSHAVN
dated -6.10.1916

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

Datestamp No. 01.03
Type Bro Ig

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

Later usage of this cancel which was used from 21.10.1899 to 30.01.1917.



TRANGISVAAG
dated 31.1.1922

Used on a 15 øre Christian X postal stationery card.

Datestamp No. 02.04 Type Bro Ig

15 øre was the Inland Postcard rate for the period 01.07.1920 to 31.03.1926

Addressed to THORSHAVN with a receipt cancel on the reverse.




Early THORSHAVN Circle Cancels
- Bro III
No bridge lines, no inner circle.
Following the withdrawl of the first Thorshavn bridge cancel there were four different circle cancels used at the Thorshavn post office during the period 1917-45.



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



THORSHAVN
dated 1943

Franked with a 10 øre, chocolate-brown, Wavy-lines stamp (SG 271b).

Datestamp No. 01.07
Type Bro IIIc

H N JACOBSENS cover sent at the local letter rate of 10 øre which applied for post within the Islands from 01.03.1921 until 30.6.1946. The limit for Local mail during the period 01.07.1920 to 14.03.1962 was a radius of one Danish mil (around 7.5km). Therefore most mail was sent Inland rate.



THORSHAVN
dated 17.2.35

Used on a 15 øre postal stationery envelope.

Datestamp No. 01.04
Type Bro IIIg-1

This datestamp was only used on a Sunday (or occasionally as an emergency postmark)

The cover is addressed to Denmark.




Star Cancel
- Stj
2-ring postmark with name of the office only - and a >>star<< in the centre.
Used by all collecting offices. The star in the middle of the cancel was supposed to be removed by 30 Jul 1929 but often this was not done until weeks or months later.


EJDE
(dated 27-9-1903)

Franked with a (damaged) 10 øre Coat of Arms stamp.

Datestamp No. 05.01
Type  Stj
+
Thorshavn transit Datestamp No. 01.03
Type Bro Ig

10 øre was the Inland Letter rate that applied for post within the Islands during the period 01.10.1902 until 14.10.1919.

This cancel was introduced when the Ejde collecting office was opened on 01.07.1903 and remained in use until 1929.



MIDVAAG

Used on a 10 øre (green) stationery postcard.

Datestamp No. 08.01
Type Stj

Although 10 øre was the Inland Postcard rate at the time this card was sent locally to Bo.

This cancel was introduced when the Miðvágur collecting office was opened on 01.07.1903 and remained in use until 1929.

The card has no dated transit postmark. This was a practical, if probably informal, method used on Vagar island, for speeding up mail, rather than sending via the distant superior office (Thorshavn), which was also on another island.

However, on the message side, the card is datelined with an oval cased VAAGO * PASTORAT * handstamp, followed by scripted 20/2/28, nicely dating the postcard.






Star-removed Cancel
- Uds
The same as the star type cancel but without the central >>star<<.
All star-removed cancellors were returned to Denmark by 10 Jun 1953.



SAND
(dated -5.1.1943)

Franked with a 20 øre Caravel stamp.

Datestamp No. 09.02
Type Uds
+
Thorshavn transit
Datestamp 01.07
Type Bro IIIc

20 øre was the wartime Inland Letter rate is use from 10.07.1940 until 31.05.1950.

The Sand Uds cancel was introduced on 19.12.1930 and used
until 1953.



TOFTE
(dated 1949)

Franked with a 15 øre Frederick IX stamp.

Datestamp No. 33.02
Type Uds

15 øre was the Inland Postcard rate in use from 10.07.1940 until 30.06.1952.

The Tofte Uds cancel was first used on 26.11.1929 and last known used on 05.12.1952.

The datestamp also ties a Danish 1949 Christmas seal. The card is addressed to Nolso and, as was often the case with Christmas postcards, there is no dated transit postmark.




Bridge Cancel
- Bro II (Danish Spelling)
Two bridge lines, upper and lower-inner circles.
In use from 1933 at sub-offices and Thorshavn in 1934. All other collecting offices received the new "pr." datestamps 1953 as replacement for the star-removed type.



TRANGISVAAG
dated 1944

Franked with a 20 øre Christian X stamp.

Datestamp No. 02.06
Type Bro IIc

20 øre was the Inland Letter rate applicable from 10.07.1940 until 31.05.1950.

This was the first Bro II type bridge canceller used at Trangisvaag and was recorded used from Feb 1933 until 17.09.1957.


SOLMUNDEFJORD
dated 2.12.1953

Franked with a 20 ore Frederik IX stamp.

Datestamp No. 14.04
Type Bro IId

20 ore was the Inland Postcard rate applicable from 01.07.1952 until 14.04.1963

This first Solmundefjord bridge postmark (in use from 19.04.1953 until 31.05.1962) also ties a Danish 1953 Christmas seal, and the postcard was sent to Klaksvig.




THORSHAVN
dated 15.12.1953

Franked with a pair of 10 øre Numeral stamps.

Datestamp No. 01.12(?)
Type Bro IId-3

20 ore was the Local Letter rate (50g) applicable from 01.07.1952 until 30.04.1955 so relatively little mail will have been sent at this rate.

This datestamp was in use between 1952 and 1959.

Additionally the cover has a 1952 multi-coloured Barnahjalpin charity seal and a 1953 red bordered, blue background seal designed by Poul Arne Poulson. There is also a pair of se-tenant different Danish 1953 Christmas seals.



SORVAAG
dated 23.6.1955

Franked with a 30 øre Frederik IX stamp.

Datestamp No. 19.03
Type Bro IId-1

30 øre was the Inland Letter rate applicable from 01.07.1952 until 14.04.1963

This was the first bridge datestamp used at Sorvaag and was used from 01.05.1953 until 17.09.1957.

This is a commercial cover sent to a Chemist in Torshavn.




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


SOLDARFJØRÐUR
dated -1.6.62

Franked with a 12 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 14.05
Type Bro IId-2

12 øre was the Inland Printed matter rate (50g) applicable from 01.05.1955 until 14.04.1963.

The less common Soldarfjordur bridge datestamp is dated on the first day of use at this collecting office, one of the shorter lived datestamps, only in use from 01.06.1962 to 31.10.1967 when the Collecting Office at this small village closed.

The cover is addressed to Leivur Lutzen, Landsrættarsakførari (the High Court Judge) in Torshavn.



SANDAVÁGUR
dated 03.10.1963

Franked with a 35 øre Frederik IX stamp.

Datestamp No. 26.05
Type Bro IId-3

35 øre was the Inland basic Letter rate applicable only from 15.04.1963 until 14.05.1965. A scarce usage of this rate that proved to be short lived.



OYNDARFJØRÐUR
dated 26.10.65

Franked with a 15 øre Opening of the Denmark-Germany commemorative stamp (SG452) and a 5 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 37.04
Type Bro IId-2

25 øre was the applicable Printed Matter rate to the USA at that time (increased from 15 øre on 15.05.1965) so this cover seems to have slipped through with insufficient franking.

This datestamp was in use from 01.06.1962 until 31.08.1971 when the collecting office closed.

Philatelic cover sent to the USA.



HÓSVÍK
dated 22.11.65

Franked with a 50 øre Frederik IX stamp.

Datestamp No. 44.01
Type Bro IId-1

50 øre was the applicable Inland Letter rate from 15.05.1965 until 02.07.1967.

This was the only datestamp used at this Collecting Office which was active from 01.09.1964 until 30.09.1968.

Sent to a bank in Thorshavn.



SANDVÍK
dated -5.2.69

Franked with 2x10 øre Wavy-line stamps and 4x50 øre Frederik IX stamps.

Datestamp No. 50.01
Type Bro IId.

Registered letter with a Tórshavn Registration label. Sent at the Inland Letter rate (80 øre / 250g) plus 140 øre Registration fee. These rates were applicable from 03.07.1967 until 31.12.1970.

The datestamp was used from when the Collecting Office opened on 01.09.1964 until 30.06.1988.



TOFTIR
dated 27.9.72

Franked with a 70 øre Numeral stamp.

Datestamp No. 33.05
Type Bro IId

70 øre was the Inland Letter rate applicable from 01.07.1972 until 14.06.1974

This datestamp was used from 29.11.1967 until 30.06.1988.

Commercial cover sent to Denmark.



SALTANGARÁ
dated 25.5.74

Franked with a 70 øre
Queen Margrethe stamp
(SG 571, T 207)

Datestamp No. 27.06 Type Bro IId-4.

70 øre was the Inland Letter rate applicable from 01.07.1972 until 14.06.1974 so this letter was sent shortly before the rate increased.

This datestamp was used from 28.11.1967 until 30.06.1988.

Commercial cover sent to Denmark .



MYKINES
dated 13.11.1974

Franked with a 90 øre
Queen Margrethe stamp
(SG 576, T 207).

Datestamp No. 36.04 Type Bro IId-2.

90 øre was the Inland Letter rate applicable from 15.06.1974 until 31.03.1976 (when the Faroes Postal Administration became independent from Denmark).

This datestamp was used from 01.06.1962 until 30.06.1988.

Philatelic cover sent to Denmark.




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




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



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.



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.




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.




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).


TÓRSHAVN
dated 17.05.1989

Franked with a 350 oyru
1985 Lighthouses stamp
FO117.

Datestamp No 01.Ems.11
Type Ems-9

350 oyru was the Inland 20g '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.




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-5
(Chess Slogan)

3.00 Kr was the Inland 20g '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 01.04.1974 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.



TÓRSHAVN
dated 28.6.1986

Franked with a 3,00 kr stamp from the 02.06.1986 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.





Special klipfisk Datestamps
- Bro VII
Double circle and bridge lines within the inner circle only.


THORSHAVN
dated 23.1.37

Franked with a 15 øre Hans Tausen stamp
(SG 301, T 52)

Datestamp No 01.Sær.01
Type Bro VIIc

15 øre was the Inland 50g Letter rate applicable from 01.01.1927 until 09.07.1940.

This datestamp was in use from 28.10.1935 until 1952.

Cover with first  klipfisk cancel, addressed to Aarhus, Denmark.



THORSHAVN
dated 24.2.61.

Franked with a 60 øre, Tenth Anniv of Scandinavian Airlines System stamp
(SG 431, T 115).

Datestamp No 01.Sær.02
Type Bro VIId

This datestamp was in use from 28.10.1935 until 1952.

Philatelic cover with second Thorshavn klipfisk cancel. Addressed to Copenhagen and posted on the First Day of Issue for this stamp.



THORSHAVN
dated -9.10.1974

Franked with a 70 øre Mail-carriers of 1624 and 1780 stamp
(SG 593)

Datestamp No 01.Sær.03
Type Bro IIId

This First Day cover was sent to Joker Invest Ltd, Tórshavn. The rate is unclear as the 70 øre (20g) letter rate finished on 14.06.1974 and the local letter rate has previously been abolished. The letter is therefore probably Philatelic.

This datestamp was in use from 01.06.1962 until 29.01.1975.




TRANGISVAAG
dated 30.1.37

Franked with a 40 øre, yellow green, Caravel stamp
(SG 282)

Datestamp No 02.Sær.01
Type Bro VIIc

As a Registered letter to Copenhagen the 40 øre franking covered the 15 øre Inland (50g) letter rate applicable from 01.01.1927 until 09.07.1940 and also the 25 øre Registration fee applicable from 01.04.1926 until 09.07.1940.

This datestamp was the first TRANGISVAAG klipfisk cancel and was in use from 28.10.1935 until 17.09.1957.



TRANGISVAAG
dated xx.12.1961

Franked with a 20 øre, brown, Frederik IX stamp
(SG 360) and a 1961 Christmas charity seal.

Datestamp No 02.Sær.02
Type Bro VIId

Postcard sent to Denmark at the 20 øre Inland postcard rate applicable from 01.07.1952 until 14.04.1963.

This datestamp was the second TRANGISVAAG klipfisk cancel and was in use from 12.1957 until 31.05.1962


02.Sær.03



KLAKSVIG
dated -8.5.1953

7 øre BREVKORT (mfg. 92-H) with aditional 1 øre, blackish green, wavy-line stamp (SG265).

Datestamp No 03.Sær.01
Type Bro VIIc

Addressed to Sweden, the reverse of the card is totally blank and the card must be classed as very  philatelic.

This is possibly an example of the "Rene tryksager" rates that were applicable from 1950 to 1955 (a special form of Printed Matter - with nothing added) as this had a 8 øre rate (for 0-50g) from 1952 to 1955. It is still unclear if this rate applied to post from the Faroes to Sweden.

The card has two clear strikes of the first Klaksvig klipfisk cancel which was in use from 31.10.1935 until 31.05.1962.


03.Sær.02


11.Sær.01



VAAG
dated -3.8.3x

Franked with a 15 øre, scarlet, Caravel stamp
(SG 277)

Datestamp No 12.Sær.01
Type Bro VIIc

Letter to Copenhagen sent at the 15 øre Inland (50g) letter rate applicable from 01.01.1927 until 09.07.1940.

This datestamp was the first VAAG klipfisk cancel and was in use from 10.11.1935 until 18.09.1957.


12.Sær.02

12.Sær.03



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






Datestamps - Other



Initially a THORSHAVN klipsvik postmark dated 18.12 35 (No. 01.Saer.01 Type Bro VIIc) was applied folloed by a MIDVAAG (No. 08.02 Type Uds) datestamp, applied at the time of re-direction.

Franked with a 15 øre Hans Andersen stamp
(SG 295, T 49)

15 øre was the Inland 50g letter rate applicable from 01.01.1927 until 09.07.1940.

The cancel also ties a Danish 1935 Christmas seal.

Unusually seen misdirected cover.
Addressed to KVIVIG but the village name has been read as MIDVAAG.
Cut at the left but with contents (two bills).


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