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Health 1976

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The close bond between children and animals was the theme for the 1976 Health Stamp Issue.

Issue information

"Children are able to practise on pets some of the things that are practised on them", says an Education Department psychologist, adding " Pets take on human personalities - become talking companions."  By relating to animals the child develops a sense of responsibility which dolls and toys do not inspire.  A love of animals - and children - inspired winning designs for the 1976 New Zealand health stamp issue.  The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 14 in September 1975.

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: 4 August 1976
Designers: M Chapman, Christchurch
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: Unwatermarked
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