1946 Health

The 1946 Health Stamp issue focused on the theme of the returning armed forces. Having successfully completed their wartime missions, the members of the armed forces now turned their thoughts to peacetime pursuits. The stamp design was developed on the theme of a soldier extending a helping hand to a child on the road to happiness and health.

Issue information

As the basis for the design a soldier in battledress, with the typical New Zealand 'lemon squeezer' felt hat was photographed alongside a stile.  The scene in the background did not represent any particular locality. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of these 1946 Health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Acknowledgments

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

Historical Information

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 1946 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d + 1/2d gummed stamp.

Symbolically the soldier on the stamp is assisting the child to step out from an atmosphere of war and unrest into one of brightness and peace.  Printed in green and brown.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d gummed stamp.

Symbolically the soldier on the stamp is assisting the child to step out from an atmosphere of war and unrest into one of brightness and peace.  Printed in chocolate and orange-brown.

3d

Technical information

Date of issue: 24 October 1946
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printer: Waterlow and Sons, England
Stamp size: 40mm x 24mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 13.5
Paper type: St Cuthbert's 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 28 February 1947.