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1898 Pictorials 3d 'Huia' - Mini Stamp Print with Framing Boards

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We’ve made our catalogue of stamp art prints into smaller sizes, perfect for gifts or to add a little pop of history on your walls. These prints come mounted and ready to frame in a handy 8”x10” size.  

New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to put pictures of the countryside, birds, and animals on its stamps. These stamps became known aspictorials and the first were issued on 5 April, 1898. Huia (Heteralocha acutirostris) became extinct in 1907 as a result of hunting, clearing of their forest habitat and over-zealous specimen collecting for museums.   

The huia was noted for its green-black plumage, its rounded orange wattles and white-tipped tail. The female had a long, slender curving bill which made it easily distinguishable from the male. Almost always seen in pairs, they normally bounded along the ground or from branch to branch, flying only when necessary. Huia tail feathers were greatly prized by Māori as symbols of rank and used as adornment by chiefs.  

Technical information

  • Size: This mounted art print is to fit an 8”x10” frame (204mm x 254mm)
  • Title: 1898 Pictorials 3d 'Huia' 
  • Designer: New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department 
  • Original issue date: 1898.

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