Selection of six 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.
Part of 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, and further issues through until at least 2008.
Gairsay is an island on Orkney, for which labels appeared between 1980 and 1996, 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.
Gugh Island, in the Isles of Scilly, is a place known for issuing its own stamps previously. 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.