It was decided to introduce a sports theme with the 1967 Health stamp issue and as 1967 marked the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, it was considered appropriate to depict Rugby football on the two stamps.
Each design featured a boy playing rugby football with a shadow figure of an 'All Black' player in the background. Due to decimal currency becoming effective in July 1967, for the first time the Health stamps appeared with the new currency. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 43 in May 1967.
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/
|Date of Issue:||2 August 1967|
|Designers:||L C Mitchell, Wellington|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Stamp Size:||2 1/2d + 1d: 28mm x 37mm; 3d +1d: 37mm x 28mm|
|Sheet Size:||100 stamps per sheet|
|Performance Gauge:||14.5 x 14|
|Paper Type:||Chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark|