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Wackiest Letterboxes

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A competition was launched in September 1996 with the aim of finding New Zealand's wackiest letterboxes.

Issue information

From Canterbury to the Coromandel, and from Wanaka to the Wairarapa proud mailbox remodellers sent in photos of their creations, in the hope of getting their letterbox on a stamp. Over 300 entries were received from which ten letterboxes were finally selected. The winner had to be interesting, creative and out of the ordinary, but also had to be "postie-friendly" and practical.

The winning entries for this self-adhesive booklet issue were:

  • Timber house with heart-shaped door - Rangiora
  • Owl - Auckland
  • Whale - Mapua
  • Kilroy is back - Auckland
  • Recycled timber house - Rotorua
  • Bagpiper - Patea
  • Divers helmet - Nelson
  • Aeroplane - Wanaka
  • Tap - Waihi
  • Castle - Masterton

Product Listing for Wackiest Letterboxes

Image Title Description Price
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x 40c self-adhesive stamps. $4.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $4.50

Technical information

Date of issue:  19 March 1997
Stamp booklet and first day cover designed by: Communication Arts Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
Number of stamps: Ten
Denomination and designs: Ten stamps x 40c of different designs
Printer and process: Australia Post, Sprintpak by lithography with stochastic screening
Number of colours: Four
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Perforation gauge: Die cut
Paper type: JAC self-adhesive stamp paper, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Cost of unaddressed first day cover: $4.50
Special blocks: Due to the booklet nature of this issue, these stamps were not available in sheet format. Plate/imprint, positional, value, barcode and colour blocks were not available with this issue.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 19 March 1998.