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1936 Health

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The main feature of the 1936 Health stamp issue was a bright-eyed, smiling girl looking through a lifebuoy, with a modified reproduction of a view of the Otaki Health Camp in the background. The lifebuoy was inscribed with the slogan "Safeguard Health". Sprays of kōwhai leaves and flowers flanked the top of the stamp.

Issue information

The success which was achieved by the organised effort in 1935 inspired even greater enthusiam in the 1936 sales campaign, and the final result was that 1,449,980 stamps were sold, resulting in £6,042 donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.


New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:

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:

Product Listing for 1936 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d +1d 'Lifebuoy' gummed stamp.

A smiling girl looking through a lifebuoy, with a view of the Otaki Health Camp with small groups of children enjoying the sunshine and open air life in the background.


Technical information

Date of issue: 2 November 1936
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Australian Bank Note and Stamp Printer, Australia
Stamp size: 40mm x 25mm
Sheet size: 48 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 11
Paper type: Wiggins Teape unsurfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 16 January 1937.