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Health 1974

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The 1974 Health Stamp Issue featured children's pets.

Issue information

A surcharge on Health stamps helps to finance the maintenance of six permanent New Zealand Health Camps for children.  The first permanent health camp was established at Otaki by the Wellington Children's Health Camp Association.  This camp was opened in 1932, and was soon in continuous use.  By 1936 so many health camp associations were organising camps that a National Health Camp Federation was formed, and in the following year the King George V Memorial Appeal raised a sum of 176,000 Pounds for the establishment of five further permanent Health camps.

3c + 1c
Children with their pets - cat and dog.

4c + 1c
Children with their pets - cat and two dogs.

5c + 1c
Children with their pets - two dogs.

Miniature Sheet - 50c
Incorporating ten examples of the 4c +1c stamp.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 12 in August 1974.

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: 7 August 1974
Designers: B Langford, Christchurch
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 24.13mm x 40.64mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 13 x 13.5
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, chalk surfaced, unwatermarked
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