The year 1959 marked a significant turning point in Health stamp designs with the introduction of the 'Bird Series'.
The idea of using pictorial designs on Health stamps had been raised several times in previous years. As it was becoming increasing difficult to obtain suitable designs with a straight Health theme it was suggested that a bird series be introduced with the object of achieving some continuity of design over the next few years.
Photographs of several birds were obtained from the Dominion Museum and four printing firms were asked to submit design proposals for the issue with two essays by Harrison and Sons being selected for the issue. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of 1959 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/
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/
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 18 on 31 July 1959.
Product Listing for 1959 Health
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|Date of issue:||16 September 1959|
|Designers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Stamp size:||24mm x 41mm|
|Sheet size:||120 stamps per sheet|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14.5|
|Paper type:||Guard Bridge, multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 January 1960.|