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Christmas 1973

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The Christmas 1973 stamp issue included an Old Master; a stained glass window; and a New Zealand Christmas summer scene.

Issue information

The Christmas 1973 stamp issue included an Old Master; a stained glass window; and a New Zealand Christmas summer scene.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 10 in August 1973.

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:

Product Listing for Christmas 1973

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 3c 'Old Master' gummed stamp.

Tempi Madonna by Raphael. Raphael was born on 6 April 1483, and was famed initially for his portraiture. It was not until the 19th century that his Madonnas found equal stature. It was in his formative years in Perugia and Florence that Raphael painted the Tempi, one of the last known works of the Florentine period. This work belonged to the Tempi family from whom it was acquired in 1821 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria for 16,000 scudi. Today it hangs in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

Single Stamp

Single 5c 'Stained Glass Window' gummed stamp.

The stained glass window depicts the "Three Kings" from St Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, Mt Roskill, Auckland.

Single Stamp

Single 10c 'A Summer Scene' gummed stamp.

This stamp depicts a symbolic interpretation of Christmas in New Zealand - a summer scene with a family about to enter church.


Technical information

Date of issue: 3 October 1973
Designers: A G Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Joh Enschedé, Netherlands
Stamp size: 25.3mm x 41.6mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 12.5 x 13.5
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked
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