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The 1940-41 Provisionals Period

    German forces occupied Denmark on 9th April 1940, followed by the British occupying the Faroe Islands on 13th April 1940.
The supply of postage stamps to the Islands were often problematic from this time onwards up until May 1945 due to the Faroes and Denmark
being occupied by opposing forces. New increased postage rates were introduced in the Faroes on 10th July 1940 and as new denominations had
not yet been delivered the Faroes postal officials authorised the local production of provisional stamps that could be used to meet the new rates.
Those definitive issues that were available in reasonable quantities on the Islands were overprinted creating five different provisional stamps to cover the new rates.

Non-provisional Frankings (Jul 1940-)
Two fine strikes of Thorshavn cancellation dated 10.10.1940 on a pair of 10 ore Numeral stampsmaking up the new 20 ore rate introduced on 10.07.1940. Being used in October, just a month before the introduction of the provisional stamps, this is a relatively scarse item.




A 10 ore LOCAL rate cover from the period (1943) when the limit for local mail was 7.5km, and hence most mail was sent Inland rate.


Provisional Issues
First Issue
02.05.1941 20/1 ore wavy-lines. Overprinted in blue.

Cover franked with 20/1 ore provisional cancelled Thorshavn  15.5.41


First Issue
17.03.1941 20/5 ore wavy-lines. Overprinted in blue.

Cover franked with 20/5 ore provisional cancelled with a Vestmanna UDS and a Thorshavn side cancel  25.3.41


First Issue
02.11.1940 20/15 ore caravel. Overprinted in black.

Cover franked with 20/15 ore provisional cancelled with a partial Midvaag UDS and a Thorshavn side cancel 16.1.41




First Issue
02.11.1940 20/15 ore caravel. Overprinted in black.

Cover franked with 20/15 ore provisional cancelled with a Thorshavn cancel 17.4.41


50/5



60/6



20/1 Second Issue



50/5 Second Issue


60/6 Second Issue


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