New postal rates came into effect on 1st
January 1919, the most significant change raising the
local letter rate from 5 to 7 ore.
Due to shipping delays the newly issued 7 ore stamps did not arrive on the islands until the evening of 23rd January.
existing stocks of 1 ore and 2 ore stamps use to
supplement the 5 ore stamps were soon exhausted. As a
result the postal headquarters in Copenhagen instructed
Torshavn postal officials to start bisecting existing 4
ore stamps on 3rd January and to use them as 2 ore.
Although it is believed that the official period of use
lasted until 31st January, most were used before 14th
Bisected 4ore with 5ore on local cover cancelled Torshavn 11.1.1919
|With copies of the 4 ore stamp
running short further permission was granted to produce a
local 2 on 5 ore overprint. Each overprint was applied by
hand using printer's type set into the base of a chair
leg. Some very uneven overprints were produced as a
result, including double and partly double overprints.
|Provisional 2/5 ore
(unused, with certificate)
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