Strip of five Pabay stamps originally issued for the Mexico 1968 Olympics, overprinted, and surcharged with new values, to commemorate the Athens 2004 games.
Though Pabay has continued to issue its own local stamps, most recently in 2018, the crudeness of the overprints here – especially compared to the good quality of Pabay’s new issues in the 2000s – suggests that this is an unofficial issue, and it does not feature on lists supplied by Pabay’s own post office.
Cancelled-to-order (CTO) condition (see our glossary page for an explanation of what CTO means).
Poorly served by the GPO at the time, Pabay - an island off the coast of Skye - issued its first local carriage label in 1962, to cover the cost of transporting the inhabitants' mail to the mainland.
By the late 1960s, however, many thematic Pabay issues were being produced, with more of an eye on collectors than the island's postal needs. Refreshingly, Pabay's own website admits that many of these issues featured "totally inappropriate subjects".
When Pabay was acquired by new owners in 1971, the island's stamp issuing programme reverted to more sensible volumes and themes, though since 1999 the number of new Pabay issues has again increased - albeit with attractive designs, and topics more relevant to the island's heritage and wildlife. Pabay continues to release new issues, most recently in 2018.