Health 1931

The steel plate for the 1d value was produced by the Royal Mint in London. As postal rates were increased in July 1931, a 2d value was needed. W.R. Bock made the new die by etching in zinc and a copper plate was made at the Government Printing Office in Wellington.

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The 1931 design is of a smiling boy and was designed by L.C. Mitchell.

The stamps were surface printed at the Government Printing Office, watermarked NZ and star and perforated 14½ x 14.

Due to the world-wide economic recession, sales were low. As a result, these are now the most expensive of the New Zealand health issues.

Numbers sold:

first day cover
Postmarked 10 November 1931

This example of the 1d is postmarked on 10th November 1931 and also has a 4d airmail stamp which was issued that day.

The cover was flown on the special flight from Invercargill to Auckland on 12 November.

The required franking was 5d, 2d for normal postage and 3d for the flight.

1931_1d 1931_2d
Seventyfifth anniversary of health camps, 1994

The health issue of 1994 commemorated the 75th anniversary of health camps and showed several previous issues including the 1931 2d.

150 years of New Zealand stamps, 2005

The set of 5 commemorating the 1905-1955 stamps was issued on 6 April 2005 and the 90c stamp showed the 1931 1d stamp.

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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 1, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1938. All scans were made by the author.