The Christmas 1965 stamp issue depicted the Old Master painting - The Two Trinities by Murillo.
The tender for printing from Harrison & Sons Ltd was accepted. The size of the stamps was left to the printers who were to develop a well balanced stamp in proportion to the original painting with the longest side not over 34mm. However, the printers felt that a slightly larger stamp (44mm x 29mm) would improve the subject and this was agreed to by the post office.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in July 1965.
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/
Product Listing for Christmas 1965
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|Single Stamp||Single 3d 'The Two Trinities' gummed stamp.||3d|
|Date of issue:||11 October 1965|
|Designers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Stamp size:||29mm x 44mm|
|Sheet size:||60 stamps per sheet|
|Performance gauge:||13.5 x 14|
|Paper type:||Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||This stamp remained on sale until 7 January 1966.|