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Special Issue Postage Stamps

Many, if not most, Scottish Islands fall outwith the normal UK Royal Mail collection and delivery service. For these islands it is perfectly legal for the landowner to charge a fee for postal services to the mainland. The Island of Pabay (CN17) is notable in this respect in that is has a long history in the philatelic community for the issue of unique stamps. It was André's activation of that island in 1998 that led to a unique stamp being produced, and such was the interest that, for a few select islands - where permission was sought, the exercise has been successfully repeated.

Stamps are now produced, in strictly limited numbers, for certain islands, and the income received is put back into GM3VLB's 'island activation fund'. Each stamp is a high resolution image, and as is the modern trend, is produced on self-adhesive paper. First Day Covers (FDCs) are also produced where the stamp is specially franked on the first day of it's issue. Recent interest has shown that special envelopes, again bearing a unique image are also of great interest to philatelists around the world.

The current collection comprises the following stamps :-

Pabay GM3VLB Stamp (13266 bytes)
Pabay (GM3VLB)
First Day of Issue 27 May, 1998
Plain Envelope FDC

Inchmarnock GM3VLB Stamp (17392 bytes)
Inchmarnock (GM3VLB)
First Day of Issue 23 July, 1999
Plain Envelope FDC

Inchmarnock GM3THI Stamp (17232 bytes)
Inchmarnock (GM3THI)
First Day of Issue 23 July, 1999
Plain Envelope FDC

Price List / Ordering

Inchmarnock Private Stamp (16169 bytes)
Inchmarnock (Private)
First Day of Issue 23 July, 1999
Plain Envelope FDC

Flannan GM3VLB Stamp (15711 bytes)
Flannan Island (GM3VLB)
First Day of Issue 28 Aug, 1999
Plain Envelope FDC

Patriot Hills VP8NJS Stamp (15461 bytes)
Patriot Hills (VP8NJS)
First Day of Issue 01 Jan, 2000
Unique Envelope FDC

Price List / Ordering

St Kilda Private Stamp (14378 bytes)
St Kilda (GM5K)
First Day of Issue 29 July, 2000
Unique Envelope FDC

Taransay GM3VLB Stamp (12907 bytes)

Taransay (GM3VLB)
First Day of Issue 03 August, 2000
Unique Envelope FDC

Price List / Ordering

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