Roses, which are very popular in New Zealand and grow particularly well, were chosen as the subject of a new Definitive stamp issue in 1975.
The rose has long been the most popular flower and references to its beauty can be found far back in history. In those fargone days it blossomed in the wild as a simple flower of five petals only; from those original species the creations of the present day have evolved - through natural cross fertilisation and selective breeding by hybridists.
Provisional overprint on 8c 'Josephine Bruce' stamp issued 24 September 1979
Provisional overprint of 6c 'Cresset' stamp issued 9 October 1979
Provisional overprint of 7c 'Michele Meilland' stamp issued 29 September 1980
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: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
|Date of Issue:||26 November 1975|
|Designers:||A G Mitchell, Wellington|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Stamp Size:||25mm x 29mm|
|Sheet Size:||100 stamps per sheet|
|Perforation Gauge:||Various combinations|
|Paper Type:||Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked|