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Letter Sent To Iceland With Hand-Drawn Map Instead Of Address Actually Arrives At Destination

 
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Posted 01/12/2022   6:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add alub to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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Posted 01/12/2022   10:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a made-up item. Is the stamp even tied to the cover? Interesting, but I would pass.
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Posted 01/13/2022   04:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely made up for different reasons:

1) The cancellation stops at the edge of the stamp. It has to be taken from another letter.

2) If it was sent TO Iceland, why is there an "Island"-stamp on it?

3) At best it was definitely sent from one town on the island to another. So why did they add "Country: Iceland" in the address?

4) In Búđardalur are living not more than 300 people, and there is just one Shopping "Center". So why not take a phone book and call them for the name of the lady? Should have been no problem at all.

5) I took a look at google maps and compared it with the drawing. There is only one single farm, which easily can be found -> https://holar-farm.business.site/

So a very nice try, but no way this letter was ever sent!

PS:
Excuse my time clauses/conditional mistakes, I'm Austrian.
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Posted 01/13/2022   10:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Greaden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There was a round of news articles in 2016 about this.

According to the BBC:
"The letter had been written and sent from the Icelandic capital Reykjavík by a tourist who had stayed at the farm but who obviously did not know the address." https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37233913

An Icelandic source:
http://skessuhorn.is/2016/05/20/fru...n-dugdi-tho/
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Edited by Greaden - 01/13/2022 10:25 am
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Posted 01/13/2022   11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Okay, that makes at least a little more sense, but some questions are left: The incomplete cancellation, and ... who stays(!) at a farm and doesn't know the name of it? It took me two minutes and a smartphone to find the only possible farm name (that was correct). And they had more than two minutes for their map drawing.

By the way ... a tourist who writes down all those special - only Islandic - letters correctly, and knows several towns/directions, even the road's name? Really?

For me a made up story, maybe by the farm owners to get media attention and boost their business.
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Edited by tommtomm - 01/13/2022 11:12 am
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Posted 01/13/2022   3:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamps101 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There may be a very faint part circle of the postmark on the cover just to the left of the stamp. Hard to see though.

Cool cover
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Posted 01/13/2022   6:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Noocassel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Tommtomm The fact the BBC ran a story about such a cover doesn't mean this is THE cover. someone might have read the story and made a bogus cover matching the story. I admit I could certainly stay at a place and not know the name of the place.
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