A new approach to the problem of sourcing designs suitable for Health stamps was trialled for the 1957 issue.
A competition was held to obtain suitable photographs of children aged 5 to 12 - the age of children attending Health camps. Despite 1,298 photographs being submitted none were found to be suitable.
A number of designs had been submitted in the past for Health stamps but not used. Two of these were retrieved and approval obtained to use them. One design by L C Mitchell depicted a boy in a surf canoe with two bathers in the foreground, the other by L Cutten depicted a surf life saving theme. The stamps were produced in sheets of 60 and also in miniature sheets of six stamps for sale in house to house drives and through Woolworths stores.
The proceeds of the 'Health' value of these 1957 Health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 13 on 26 June 1957.
Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
Product Listing for 1957 Health
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|Date of issue:||25 September 1957|
|Designers:||L C Mitchell and L Cutten|
|Printers:||Waterlow and Sons, Brussels, Belgium|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||60 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Perforation gauge:||13.5 x 13.25|
|Paper type:||Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark; A quantity of the miniature sheets were also printed on Guard Bridge paper|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 January 1958.|