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1943 Health

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The 1943 Health issue featured Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth on a triangular shaped stamp.

Issue information

The stamp design incorporated an oak spray and a spray of manuka in the lower corners. The triangular stamps proved very popular with first day of issue sales totalling more than what was sold during the five month sale period of the 1942 Health stamp issue. The proceeds of the Health value of these 1943 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 1943 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d + 1/2d 'HRH Princess Margaret' gummed stamp.

Princess Margaret was born on August 21, 1930, in Glamis Castle, Scotland. She was brought up in the same way as her sister Elizabeth with private tuition at the family homes instead of going to a public school.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d 'HRH Princess Elizabeth' gummed stamp.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926. She had a traditional royal childhood, not attending school but being tutored at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle by private tutors including Queen Mary, who taught her much about constitutional law and the role of the monarch. Whilst not excelling at academic subjects, Elizabeth developed an early interest in the arts and sport, especially in horse riding. Princess Elizabeth's teenage years were dominated by the Second World War. Like many London children she spent much of the war in the countryside to escape the nightly bombing raids. Towards the end of the war Elizabeth became a junior officer in the army and learned the un-Queenly trade of an army driver and mechanic.


Technical information

Date of issue: 1 October 1943
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printer: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 35mm x 50mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 12
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 29 February 1944.