1935 Airmail

The first Airmail stamps had been issued on 10 November 1931 but received adverse comments regarding the design and production.

Issue information

James Berry was requested to prepare a new design of an aircraft landing at Bell Block aerodrome, New Plymouth. The design was based on a photograph taken by A H Blennerhasset on 12 April 1934, of the first official air mail from Australia to New Zealand arriving at New Plymouth on the Faith in Australia.

Acknowledgments

New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:

Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/

Product Listing for 1935 Airmail

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Red' gummed stamp.

The first official air mail from Australia to New Zealand arriving at New Plymouth on the Faith in Australia. Printed in red.

1d
Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Violet' gummed stamp.

The first official air mail from Australia to New Zealand arriving at New Plymouth on the Faith in Australia.  Printed in violet.

3d
Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Blue' gummed stamp.

The first official air mail from Australia to New Zealand arriving at New Plymouth on the Faith in Australia. Printed in blue.

6d

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 May 1935
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 40mm x 23mm
Sheet size: 60 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: Cowan 'Esparto', unsurfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: The 1d stamp was withdrawn from sale on the 31 December 1931. The 3d and 6d stamps remained on sale until stocks were exhaused.