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1941 Health

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As war conditions made it imperative that stocks of paper should be conserved and, as the sales of the 1940 stamps had been comparatively small, the usual practice of destroying the unsold stamps was not carried out. 

Issue information

These stamps, together with a small additional printing provided sufficient supplies for the following year. In order to distinguish this issue the stamps were overprinted at the Government Printing Office, Wellington with the year '1941'.

The design of the 1939 Health stamp was based upon three photographs taken at different locations in Wellington. The first photograph taken at Oriental Bay, depicted three boys at play with a small ball. The second photograph taken at the Basin Reserve, depicted a lad reaching upwards for a large ball. The third photograph was a view taken in Wakefield Park. By using the Wakefield Park photograph for the background, two of the boys in the first picture together with one in the second and the substitution of a beach ball the final stamp design was completed.

The proceeds of the Health value of these 1941 Health stamps were 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

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 1941 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d + 1/2d 'Beach ball' gummed stamp.

Three boys playing with a beach ball  - dark green

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d 'Beach ball' gummed stamp.

Three boys playing with a beach ball  - brown


Technical information

Date of issue: 4 October 1941
Designers: S Hall, Post and Telegraph Department, Wellington
Printer: Australian Bank Note and Stamp Printer, Australia
Stamp size: 25mm x 41mm
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: These stamps remained on sale until 28 February 1942.