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50th Anniversary International Labour Organisation

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The International Labour Organisation which was founded under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva in 1919 asked through the Universal Postal Union for member countries to issue a stamp to commemorate their 50th anniversary. The New Zealand Post Office agreed to issue such a stamp, and at the request of the ILO the background of the stamp was made a garnet-red and the denomination matched to that of a principal overseas postage rate.

Issue information

The symbolic design and the garnet red colouring of the stamp were in accordance with basic specifications supplied by the International Labour Organisation.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 1 in November 1968.

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: 11 February 1969
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp size: 37mm x 21mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance gauge: 14.5 x 14
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
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