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Single 12½p “local post” stamp issued by “Outer Island Agents” in 1971, depicting St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.
As illustrated, the picture and border are gold in colour, and the text in navy (a stamp of similar design exists where the picture is black and the text red).
This particular stamp is understood to have originally been issued in booklet format, with four panes of the same design.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
About the Outer Island Agents
Stamps inscribed "Outer Island Agents" are believed to have been produced in Penzance as emergency strike post issues for during the 1971 national postal strike. During this period, the Post Office's monopoly on delivering mail was briefly suspended, and the Outer Island Agents are understood to have operated a local post service within Cornwall between January and March.
Though its own local post was short-lived, in 1972 the Outer Island Agents company was commissioned to produce stamp issues for Gugh Island, and is thought to have performed this role until the last official Gugh Island issues in 1981.