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1957 Health

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A new approach to the problem of sourcing designs suitable for Health stamps was trialled for the 1957 issue. 

Issue information

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.

Stamp Bulletin

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:

Product Listing for 1957 Health

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d gummed stamp.

Surf life saving.

Single Stamp

Single 3d + 1d gummed stamp.

Boy in a surf canoe with two bathers in the foreground.

Miniature Sheet

Miniature sheet incorporating six of the 2d + 1d stamps.

1s 6d
Miniature Sheet Miniature sheet incorporating six of the 3d + 1d stamps. 2s

Technical information

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.
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