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1938 Health

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The 1938 Health stamp issue featured two small children playing on a lawn which emphasised the importance of fresh air in the life of the young. 

Issue information

The design was based on an idea by S Hall and G Bull of the Post and Telegraph Department. The illustration was developed from two photographs of the same child.

The proceeds of the 'Health' value of these 1938 Health stamps was 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 1938 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

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

Two small children playing on a lawn.


Technical information

Date of issue: 1 October 1938
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 28mm
Sheet size: 80 per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 14 x 13.5
Paper type: Jones unsurfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 15 February 1939.