These were 50 years of extraordinary contrast. On the one hand, the cataclysmic effects of War devastated the ranks of New Zealand's young men. On the other, during these same five decades, the aircraft came into its own, New Zealand showed its social conscience by issuing Health stamps and Queen Elizabeth II became the country's new Queen.
2005 marked the 150th anniversary of New Zealand stamps. The set, the second in a series of three collections, featured the middle five of 15 landmark issues chosen to represent a century and a half of philatelic history. A must for philatelists, historians and proud New Zealanders everywhere.
Self-adhesive Stamps, Booklets and Dispenser
The 1906 The New Zealand Exhibition (45c) and the 1931 Health - Red Boy (90c) stamps were available as self-adhesives and self-adhesive booklets. You could also purchase the 1906 stamp in a 100-stamp self-adhesive dispenser.
The beautiful presentation pack had been specifically prepared for collectors. It included all five of the featured stamps, both first day covers and the miniature sheet, along with notes on each of the stamps and a more detailed look at the New Zealand of the time.
All five stamps were featured on the miniatrue sheet. The miniature sheet brought history to life with a timeline that accompanied the stamps themselves, and featured key events and dates from these 50 years. The miniature sheets from each of the three issues in this series fitted together to bring you a historic overview of our philatelic past and present.
First Day Covers
Two first day covers, one which featured the five stamps, the other with a miniature sheet of the stamps from the middle 50 years of our philatelic history so far, were available. A dramatic record of years that began in splendour, descended to tragedy, but ultimately ended in hope and prosperity as the country's exports thrived.
Product Listing for 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps 1905-1955
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|Date of issue:||6 April 2005|
|Number of stamps:||Seven|
|Denominations and designs:||45c (gummed and self-adhesive) 1906 The New Zealand Exhibition, Christchurch (claret), 90c (gummed and self-adhesive) 1931 Health - Red Boy, $1.35 1935 Airmail, $1.50 1946 Peace - Southern Alps From Chapel Window, $2.00 1955 Queen Elizabeth II|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Totem Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Gummed: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography; Self-adhesive: Sprintpak, Australia Post by offset lithography|
|Numebr of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 40mm x 30mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 30mm x 25mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive rolls: WG65 self-adhesive stamp paperC100 Self-adhesive stamp paper; Self-adhesive booklets: C100 self-adhesive stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25; Booklets: 10 x 45c, 10 x 90c; Coils: 100 x 45c|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 5 April 2006.|