On 12th September, Iceland post’s next stamp issue will be released. It includes the 2019 Sepac stamp on the theme Old residential buildings.
The building chosen to feature on the Icelandic stamp is the Factor’s House in Nedstikaupstaður, Isafjordur. It is one of Iceland’s oldest residences and a perfect example of the country’s 18th century residential buildings.
The house was originally built in 1765 by Danish merchants from the General Trading Company of Copenhagen. The company took over the monopoly trade in Iceland in 1764 and built fine residential houses in several trading places in Iceland, including Eyrarbakki and the Vestmann Islands in the South, Stykkishólmur in the West and Akureyri in the North.
The Factor’s House is named after the store managers in Isafjordur, who were called factors and lived on the premises.
The Factor’s House is a one-storey building with an attic and two dormers. Originally built as a type of log house, it was tar-coated and only the windows and doors were painted
About 100 years after its first construction, by the middle of the 19th century, it was restored : wooden pannels were added inside and a new corrugated iron cladding was fitted on the outside, which gave the house an entirely new style.
The house was later further renovated, in consultation with the National Committee on Architectural Heritage and based on the 19th century renovations.
It is still used as a residence and is therefore counts as one of the oldest (if not the oldest) houses in Iceland which have been in continuous residential use since the beginning.
Issue date : 12.09.2019
Design: Elsa Nielsen
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 37×27 mm
Sheet configuration: 10 stamps
Paper: 247 gsm self-adhesive
Price: 50g to Europe (250 ISK)
Total issued: 60.000
The stamps and FDCs are available from our webshop - also, don’t forget to take a look at our other issues released on 12th September! 684A, 685A, 686A and souvenir sheet 688A, and last but not least, the 2019 Sepac gift folder
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