1947 Health

The statue of Eros which sits atop the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, in Piccadilly Circus, London was the subject of the 1947 stamp issue.

Issue information

The fountain was unveiled on 29 June 1893, and was erected in memory of Anthony Ashley-Copper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, who was recognised as one of the greatest reformers of the 19th century. He is remembered particularly for his noble work for the abolition of child labour. In 1833 he introduced the Factory Act which forbade employment of young children in factories.

The sculptor was Alfred Gilbert who was knighted in 1932 and who died in 1934 at the age of 80. The model who sat for the sculptor was an 18 year old Italian youth, Angelo Colarossi, who was employed by a firm of aircraft manufacturers in England. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of these 1947 Health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Acknowledgments

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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 1947 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d + 1/2d gummed stamp.

The figure of Eros is eight feet in height and was cast in an alloy of aluminium.  For safe keeping the statue was removed and stored during both World War 1 and II.  In June 1947 the figure was cleaned, a new and stronger bow fitted and it was replaced in its position above the Fountain.  Printed in green.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d gummed stamp.

The figure of Eros is eight feet in height and was cast in an alloy of aluminium.  For safe keeping the statue was removed and stored during both World War I and II.  In June 1947 the figure was cleaned, a new and stronger bow fitted and it was replaced in its position above the Fountain.  Printed in carmine.

3d

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 October 1947
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printer: Waterlow and Sons, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 96 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 13.5
Paper type: St Cuthbert's 'Royal Cypher', and other papers multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 28 February 1948.