The third and final instalment of the landmark stamp series - 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps - looked back at some of the greatest moments in our philatelic history, as we commemorated the people, places and perspectives that has made New Zealand the country that it is.
Between 1955 and 2005, New Zealand experienced some of the most dramatic changes in its history. Our population doubled in size, technological advances heralded marvels like microwaves and mobile phones, we moved to decimal currency, and we voted out our voting system. Through it all, we celebrated, honoured and reflected on thousands of topics through our stamps. In this last issue in the series, we covered our most recent 50 years with five distinctively different examples.
Miniature Sheet - A Precious Record
If you collected the miniature sheets from the past two instalments of the 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps series, you would have known that they were worth collecting. All five stamps were beautifully displayed against a 50-year timeline, featuring some of the most important events and dates of the decades. Stylishly colourful, they were a lovely presentation piece, whether alone or in the complete set of three.
The presentation pack was the perfect package for the 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps 1955 - 2005 collection. You could read more about the story behind the stamps as well as acquiring the five stamps, the miniature sheet and the two first day covers.
First Day Covers
One first day cover displayed the five stamps and the other a miniature sheet - both superb records of 50 years in which New Zealand welcomed change, defied convention and established its place as a business, tourism and sporting centre of excellence on the international scene.
Centenary of the Stamp Vending Machine Pre-stamped Envelope
In June 1905 the world's first stamp vending machine was trialled in Wellington, New Zealand. The machine dispensed 3,901 stamps during the intial fortnight's test.
The machine was invented by R J Dickie and constructed with the assistance of J H Brown, a Wellington photographer, and W Andrews, an engineer (all of whom are depicted on the front of the envelope).
Stamp rolls for use in the machine were made from sheets of one-penny Universal stamps.
Product Listing for 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps 1955-2005
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|Date of issue:||1 June 2005|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||45c 1965 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing, 90c 1988 Round Kiwi, $1.35 1990 The Achievers - Katherine Sheppard, $1.50 1994 Māori Myths - Māui, $2.00 2003 100 Years of New Zealand Test Rugby|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day cover designed by:||Totem Design, Wellington|
|Printers and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|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 31 May 2006.|