The 1946 Health Stamp issue focused on the theme of the returning armed forces. Having successfully completed their wartime missions, the members of the armed forces now turned their thoughts to peacetime pursuits. The stamp design was developed on the theme of a soldier extending a helping hand to a child on the road to happiness and health.
As the basis for the design a soldier in battledress, with the typical New Zealand 'lemon squeezer' felt hat was photographed alongside a stile. The scene in the background did not represent any particular locality. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of these 1946 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.
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 1946 Health
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|Date of issue:||24 October 1946|
|Designers:||J Berry, Wellington|
|Printer:||Waterlow and Sons, England|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||120 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Paper type:||St Cuthbert's 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 28 February 1947.|