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1978 Health

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The 1978 Health Stamp Issue comprised two stamps - one marking the 50th anniversary of the issue of the first Health stamp and the other recognising the work of the National Heart Foundation.

Issue information

Each stamp had a surcharge which helped finance New Zealand's six permanent health camps maintained by the Children's Health Camps Board.

10c + 2c
This stamp features a reproduction of the design of the first Health stamp issued in 1929.  A nurse is depicted on this stamp with the slogan "Help stamp out Tuberculosis".

12c + 2c
This stamp recognises the work of the National Heart Foundation and features a heart operation in progress together with the Foundation's emblem.

Miniature Sheet - 78c
Incorporating three examples of each stamp.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 20 in October 1978.

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: 2 August 1978
Designers: A G Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons England
Stamp Size: 24.13mm x 40.64mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 13.25 x 13.75
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked
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