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Faroe: Shipping Company Freight Stamps: Early Issues 1915-1940s  
When such stamps had been issued in other regions in earlier eras, they were often called Ship Letter Stamps. However, these stamps were intended to pay for freight shipments between the islands, particularly agricultural goods such as milk, butter, and even animals, along with all the other types of freight and parcels needed to supply dailiy life. The stamps were apparently not sold to the public, but were applied by the shipping company to the bill of lading at the time of shipment. Despite the primary use on freight, the earlier issues are known used on envelopes; in such cases, that may have been the quickest way to get messages or business papers transmitted. During the WWII era the Faroe government took over freight operations; later all operations were consolidated under government control, thus the post-WWII issues are "government issued parcel stamps", not privately issued! As such they should start to receive much more respect than they have in the past These stamps have been listed in Wowern GF14 catalogs and they are now listed in the Daka GF10 (21st edition, 2010) Catalog, which is available from me. THE CATALOG NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED FROM CATALOG TO CATALOG; THE CURRENT NUMBERS (WHICH I HAVE USED IN THIS LISTING ARE DIFFERENT FROM PAST NUMBERING SYSTEMS. Please confirm that the numbers correlate to the stamps you actually need. These stamps rarely make it to my website or price lists and are usually only available via approvals. Please be sure to let me know of your interests; a good selection is usually available.
The stamps of this period, from 1915 to approximately 1946, are almost all scarce to rare. Some are only known used, while others are only known mint. Quantities recorded range from one known example, to a dozen or two, to 40 or 75. The largest known quantity specifically mentioned by Daka 2010 is 150. Surprisingly, while any used examples are scarce to rare, many of those used stamps that have survived seem to still be on document (fragtbrev = freight letter) or enveopes or cards and do not have the large price premiums that one might expect.
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236986
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F26, F34, F35 [ca.1927 5 Ýre green; ca.1929 25 Ýre green and 1 kr ORANGE RED] Used VF: 5 Ýre lower right corner margin, 25 Ýre upper right corner margin, and 1 kr perforated all four sides singles (these issues had straight-edge sheet edges) with a typical minor creases, ON A FRAGTBREV (freight letter = bill of lading), dated 31 August 1934, for carriage 100 kg of melis (sugar), 15 kg of sveksker (prunes), and 15 kg of cream kiks (cream biscuits). Carried aboard the ship Dugvan to Eide. The document has only very light typical creases and wear. (Daka 2010 mentions color shades on this stamp, but Daka does not yet list them in detail). An exceptional example spanning two different issues and three denominations. In my opinion, the 5 Ýre stamp is considerably undervalued in the catalog.
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236985
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F34 and F35 [ca.1929 50 Ýre OLIVE BROWN and 1 kr ORANGE RED] Used VF: 50 Ýre perforated all four sides and 1 kr bottom sheet margin single (this issue had straight-edge sheet edges) with a typical minor creases, ON A FRAGTBREV (freight letter = bill of lading), dated 20 July 1934, for carriage of a drum of "Petroleum W.W. (water white = kerosene). Carried aboard the ship Dugvan to Eide. The document has only light typical creases and wear. (Daka 2010 mentions color shades on this stamp, but Daka does not yet list them in detail).
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236984
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F35 [ca.1929 1 kr CARMINE] Used VF right sheet margin single (this issue had straight-edge sheet edges) with a typical minor crease ON A FRAGTBREV (freight letter = bill of lading), dated 22 August 1932, for carriage of two 100 kg of "Vironica". Carried aboard the ship Dugvan to Eide. The document has typical creases and wear. The carmine stamp color is much scarcer than the usual orange-red (Daka 2010 mentions color shades on this stamp, but Daka does not yet list them in detail).
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236982
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F42 [ca.1935 25 Ýre green] NH Superb lower left corner single (this issue had straight-edge sheet edges) with "13430" printers imprint. This imprint only appears in this one position of the sheet of 25 and is quite scarce.
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236983
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F43 [ca.1935 50 Ýre brown] Used VF upper left corner single (this issue had straight-edge sheet edges) with a typical minor crease ON A CARD (bill of lading) for carriage of 12.5 kg of saft (juice). Carried aboard the ship Dugvan, from ??? to Eide (Ejde). In 40 years, I have only seen a couple examples of such a card (instead of fragtbrev form); this is a very scarce use!
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