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Denmark #238D [1940 20 øre red Caravel Type II] (VF) on 24 July 1942 commercial cover from THORSHAVN (single-ring style cancel) to the village of Kvivik. Includes contents (receipt for payment of kr 815.97). Opened roughly, but stamp is okay.
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5.00

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Denmark #238D x3, 230 [1940 20 øre red Caravel Type II; 1938 10 øre violet Wavy Lines] (some creasing from envelope and gum soaks) on undated airmail cover (with Danish-style light blue airmail label) to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (Information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with two clean and nice strikes of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). The cover does not bear the usual Thorshavn dated side cancellation, thus no dating is present. The total 70 øre franking puzzles me; the surface rate was 20 øre, leaving 50 for airmail, but I am not aware of an airmail surcharge that low in this era. The cover bears a PC 90 British censor tape (examiner 7485). That examiner number is not found in the Bermuda censor lists, thus suggesting that this censorship was done in the UK. With no evidence of transit at Bermuda or the U.S., and without German censorship, I believe that the only available routes to Sweden would have been via the "blockade mail" -- secret and very dangerous night time flights between Scotland and Sweden, over the North Sea and over German-occupied Norway; OR via UNDERCOVER MAIL through Lisbon, Portugal. [A 9 April 1943 cover from the same correspondence(!), from Sweden to Faroe, with the same examiner number, and a transit postmark of Lisbon is known. Also an unrelated 1941 cover from England to the Faroes with the same examiner number.] The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history. Hopefully more can be determined (from the censorship or possibly other clues) about the date and the routing.
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175.00

244209
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Denmark #238E [1939 25 øre brown Caravel Type II] pair and two singles (VF, but some "hidden" creasing from envelope) on 16 June 1943 airmail cover (with Danish-style light blue airmail label) to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with two clean and nice strikes of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). Dated THORSHAVN side cancellation. The cover bears a RARE, and very neatly struck, violet handstamp "O.A.T." (Onward Air Transmission). [OAT markings were applied to indicate that the mail should be carried onward by air, if possible, even if previous part(s) of carriage had not been by air. The handstamp was usually only applied to the top letter in a bundle, thus their scarcity and great interest to collectors. Daka states in regard to mail to/from the Faroes: "relatively rare on cover".] This cover is also very unusual in that it is not censored, thus makes the routing to Sweden difficult to determine. However, Daka illustrates this exact style of O.A.T. marking, either in red or purple, as known on mail exchange with the United States -- with a valuation of DKK 8000 (around $1300). on philatelic covers, but this is certainly "genuine ordinary postal use", part of larger correspondence (I have other covers from the correspondence). [Daka also lists O.A.T. use to Sweden with an oval marking at DKK 10,000 (around $1650).] The 100 øre postage properly pays the 20 øre letter rate and the 80 øre airmail surcharge. The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history.
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1200.00

244212
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Denmark #282 [1942 20 øre red Christian X] (top perfs worn) on 27 July 1943 cover to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (Information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with blurred strike of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). Dated THORSHAVN side cancellation. The 20 øre postage properly pays the 20 øre Nordic letter rate. However, "Luftpost" [Airmail] was written on the envelope -- after mailing, this was crossed out in blue crayon and also officially marked out by a handstamp of two red bars. The red bars indicate either "not paid for airmail" (as in this case) or "airmail not possible". The red bars marking is extremely scarce from the Faroes. The cover bears a PC 90 British censor tape (examiner "5,409"). That examiner number is not found in the Bermuda censor lists, thus suggesting that this censorship was done in the UK. With no evidence of transit at Bermuda or the U.S., and without German censorship, I believe that the only available routes to Sweden would have been via the "blockade mail" -- secret and very dangerous night time flights between Scotland and Sweden, over the North Sea and over German-occupied Norway; OR via UNDERCOVER MAIL through Lisbon, Portugal. Especially interesting, but only anecdotal without more markings, other proof, or similar examples, is that the cover is a) vertically folded down the center and b) on the reverse bears the handwritten note "Sendt til Hgör" [?] 29/8". This is typical of folded envelopes that are known to have been sent via UNDERCOVER MAIL, fully prepared for mailing as this is, and enclosed in an outer envelope (in this case would have likely been via Portugal or via New York). In such a case, the outer envelope would have been opened in Portugal or New York, this cover marked with the red bars, and this cover sent on its way from neutral Portugal to Neutral Sweden. However, to my knowledge, there was no surface mail connection (which is all the 20 øre paid for) between Portugal and Sweden, thus I am not sure how this would have been handled. From New York to Sweden, it could have been carried to northern Russia and then on to Sweden. The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history.
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244214
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Denmark #238J, 280 x2, 282 pair [1940 40 øre blue Caravel, 1942 10 øre violet and 20 øre red Christian X] (couple minor faults) on 29 November 1943 cover to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (Information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with 5 nice strikes of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). Dated THORSHAVN side cancellation. The 100 øre postage properly pays the 20 øre letter rate and the 80 øre airmail surcharge. Light blue Danish-style airmail label. The cover bears a PC 90 British censor tape (examiner 6803; style "51/2191. D.P."). That examiner number is not found in the Bermuda censor lists, thus suggesting that this censorship was done in the UK. With no evidence of transit at Bermuda or the U.S., and without German censorship, I believe that the only available routes to Sweden would have been via the "blockade mail" -- secret and very dangerous night time flights between Scotland and Sweden, over the North Sea and over German-occupied Norway; OR via UNDERCOVER MAIL through Lisbon, Portugal. The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history. Remarkably attractive for covers of this type.
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244211
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Denmark #238D 4-strip + single [1940 20 øre red Caravel Type II] (some creasing from envelope and gum soaks) on 4 December 1942 airmail cover (with Danish-style dark blue airmail label) to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (Information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with three strikes of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). Dated THORSHAVN side cancellation. The 100 øre postage properly pays the 20 øre letter rate and the 80 øre airmail surcharge. The cover bears a PC 90 British censor tape (examiner "5,409"). That examiner number is not found in the Bermuda censor lists, thus suggesting that this censorship was done in the UK. With no evidence of transit at Bermuda or the U.S., and without German censorship, I believe that the only available routes to Sweden would have been via the "blockade mail" -- secret and very dangerous night time flights between Scotland and Sweden, over the North Sea and over German-occupied Norway; OR via UNDERCOVER MAIL through Lisbon, Portugal. The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history.
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244213
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Denmark #282 pair, 224 [1942 20 øre red Christian X; 1938 5 øre wine-red Wavy Lines] (F-VF) on 7 May 1945 [the date in the website image is hard to read, but I am confident of it based on close examination] cover to Harald Yden of Skäralid, Sweden. (Information about the Yden family can be found on the web.) Mailed by Rigmor Pedersen from FUGLEFJORD with three strikes of the small starless cancellation (Daka #06.02). THORSHAVN dated side cancellation. The 45 øre postage properly (per Daka 2017) pays the total 45 øre air letter rate to Denmark; the Nordic rate was typically the same, so very likely correct to Sweden. Bears a British-style airmail label that was typical of this short post-war period. Germany capitulated on 5 May 1945. Normal airmail service from the Faroes, via the UK, resumed on 7 May 1945. THIS APPEARS TO BE A FIRST DAY OF RESUMPTION OF NORMAL MAIL SERVICE FROM THE FAROES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. The cover bears the later-style (repeated text and crown) PC 90 British censor tape (examiner 3680). Censorship in this region continued for a few months after the war. This cover is particularly important as it represents the FIRST DAY OF THE CLOSING CHAPTER OF THE IMPACT OF WWII ON FAROE MAIL. The description by a previous owner stated that the letter was sent by a Danish seaman interned in the Faroes. However, Rigmor (the sender) is typically a female name and I cannot find any record of any internments in the Faroes of Danish seamen. I pass this information along for further research, but I do not claim this to be from an interned seaman. An exceptional cover from a very chaotic period in Faroese postal history.
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325.00

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