After four years of the bird designs, the Health Camps Federation sought a change for the 1963 Health issue and suggested that the stamps depict Prince Andrew.
The approval of Her Majesty The Queen was obtained in September 1962 and the High Commissioner in London obtained ten prints of photographs of Prince Andrew, taken by the Studio Lisa of London.
Two different poses of the Prince were selected. The production of the stamps was entrusted to Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd who submitted stamp proofs in February 1963, at a time when Her Majesty was on tour in New Zealand. To avoid delay in production the proofs were shown to Her Majesty for approval while she was in the country.
For the first day of issue the usual temporary post offices were established at the Health Camps, and a special pictorial datestamp featuring a boy's head was used at each camp.
The stamps were also available as a miniature sheet of six stamps. The proceeds of the Health value of 1963 Health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 28 on 1 July 1963.
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 1963 Health
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|Date of issue:||7 August 1963|
|Designers:||Thomas De La Rue, England|
|Printers:||Thomas De La Rue, England|
|Stamp size:||24mm x 40mm|
|Sheet size:||120 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Paper type:||Multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 30 November 1963.|