The first Airmail stamps had been issued on 10 November 1931 but received adverse comments regarding the design and production.
James Berry was requested to prepare a new design of an aircraft landing at Bell Block aerodrome, New Plymouth. The design was based on a photograph taken by A H Blennerhasset on 12 April 1934, of the first official air mail from Australia to New Zealand arriving at New Plymouth on the Faith in Australia.
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Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/
Product Listing for 1935 Airmail
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|Date of issue:||4 May 1935|
|Designers:||J Berry, Wellington|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 23mm|
|Sheet size:||60 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Paper type:||Cowan 'Esparto', unsurfaced, NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||The 1d stamp was withdrawn from sale on the 31 December 1931. The 3d and 6d stamps remained on sale until stocks were exhaused.|