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1976 Christmas

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The 1976 Christmas Stamp Issue included an ivory depicting the nativity scene; a stained glass window depicting Christ; and an illustration of angels based on a Christmas carol.

Issue information

The 7c and 11c designs were completed by Don Hatcher with the 18c design by Margaret Chapman.

This stamp entitled "Nativity" features a late 16th Century Gothic Ivory work by an unknown Spanish artist.

The stained glass window depicting Christ is in St Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

This symbolic design is based on the carol "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 16 in October 1976.

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: 6 October 1976
Designers: D A Hatcher, Auckland and M Chapman, Christchurch
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 29.8mm x 40.6mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 7c: 14.25 x 14.75;  11c and 18c: 14.75 x 14.25
Paper Type: Unwatermarked
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