Selection of nine different labels, as pictured, celebrating past FA Cup winners. They are thought to have been produced in the 1990s, and all bear the names of islands off the coast of Britain – none, however, performed any genuine local postal function.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
All these fantasy stamps are believed to be the work of Clive Feigenbaum, who had previously created controversial issues in the 1970s and 1980s for Staffa, Eynhallow and elsewhere. All the stamps have identical dimensions, and are designed in a similar style, which suggests that they have a common origin.
Easdale island, located in Scotland’s Firth of Lorn about 15 miles south of Oban, was owned by Feigenbaum, with the first Easdale stamps appearing in 1988.
Gairsay is an island on Orkney, while it’s not entirely clear which of the various places called “St Martin” the labels so inscribed are intended to relate to – most likely the island of St Martin‘s, in the Isles of Scilly.
Davaar, off the coast of Campbeltown, and Gugh Island, in the Isles of Scilly, are both places known for issuing their own stamps previously. Davaar’s first stamps, issued in 1964, were attractive and performed a real local postal function, though these were soon superseded by a stream of thematic issues of dubious relevance to the island. Gugh Island stamps first appeared around 1973, and are thought to have always been sold as souvenirs, rather than used as genuine local carriage labels.