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1975 Christmas

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The 1975 Christmas Stamp Issue included an Old Master; a stained glass window; and an illustration based on a Christmas carol.

Issue information

"The Virgin and Child" - 7c
The work of a 15th Century painter Zanobi Machiavelli (1418-1479).  The painting was donated to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. 
Machiavelli was an Italian painter of the Florentine School and was a pupil and assistant of Benozzo Gozzoli although his style was mainly formed through the influence of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.  The most thorough study of this artist is an article by Bernard Berenson published in 1958, in which he describes this painting as his best.

Stained glass window - 5c
From the combined Methodist/Presbyterian Church, Greendale.

Christmas Carol - 10c
This stamp's symbolic design is based on the carol "I Saw Three Ships Go Sailing By" and the doves depicted symbolise the Christ Child's message of peace.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 12 in August 1974.

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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 1 October 1975
Designers: E Hunter, Takaka
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 40.64mm x 24.13mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 13.75 x 13.25
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked
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