Christmas

The 1971 Christmas Stamp Issue included an Old Master; a stained glass window; and a symbolic design of the Three Kings.

Issue information

The 10c design was completed by E Hunter, while the graphics and layout of the 3c and 4c stamps were completed by D A Hatcher.

Old Master Nativity Scene - 3c
"The Holy Night" by Maratta.  The original painting hangs in the Dresden Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister.

Stained Glass Window - 4c
St Luke's Anglican Church, Havelock North.

10c
A symbolic design of the Three Kings.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 6 in August 1971.

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: 6 October 1971
Designers: E Hunter, Wellington and D A Hatcher, Auckland
Printers: D A Hatcher, Auckland
Stamp Size: 4c and 10c : 24mm x 40mm;  3c : 47mm x 40mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 13.25 x 13.75
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked