Home to some of the most resourceful minds, New Zealand is a nation full of thinkers and makers who love to push the envelope. For starters, there’s the jetboat, electric fence, and bungy jumping. We’re well known for our ‘number 8 wire’ mentality, given we’ve used it to repair just about everything imaginable. This stamp issue celebrated some of these nifty ideas that are truly 'outside the square'.
When it comes to ingenuity and thinking outside the square, Kiwis win hands down. In fact, we’re world-famous for it! Backyard inventors, dreaming up widgets and gadgets, and all manner of things made from ‘number 8 wire’. Stuff that people didn’t know they needed until they saw or used it. That’s what sets us apart from the rest of the world. Here are just a few of the cool creations New Zealanders have come up with.
First Day Cover Set
This first day cover set features all twelve Thinking Outside the Square stamps – celebrating just a few of the numerous and nifty Kiwi inventions that push the envelope.
Product Listing for Thinking Outside the Square
|Date of issue:||5 September 2018|
|Number of stamps:||12 gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||12 x $1.20|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||EightyOne, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||37.5mm x 36.95mm (vertical)|
|Sheet size:||192mm x 192mm|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||12|
|Perforation gauge:||14.4 x 14.615|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint, barcode, logo and value blocks could only be obtained by purchasing a full sheet of stamps.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 4 September 2020. First day covers remained on sale until 31 October 2018.|