Health

Sports were again the topic of the annual Health stamp issue in 1968, and since it was Olympic Games year, two Olympic sports were chosen.

Issue information

One stamp depicted a boy in an athletics event and the other a girl in a swimming event.  Each design included the Olympic emblem of five rings. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

2 1/2c + 1c
A boy in an athletics event with the Olympic rings.

3c + 1c
A girl in a swimming event with the Olympic rings.

Miniature sheet - 21c
Incorporating six 2 1/2c + 1c stamps.  This was the first time a motif, in the form of the Olympic rings, was printed on the selvage of the miniature sheets.

Miniature sheet - 24c
Incorporating six 3c + 1c stamps.  This was the first time a motif, in the form of the Olympic rings, was printed on the selvage of the miniature sheets.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 48 in June 1968.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/

Technical information

Date of Issue: 7 August 1968
Designers: L C Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 36mm x 33mm
Sheet Size: 50 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance Gauge: 14 x 14.5
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked