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Health 1934

The die and the plate were produced by De La Rue & Co. who also recess printed the stamps.

1934 health

The 1934 design shows a mounted crusader and the design was by J. Berry.

The stamps cost 2d, 1d for postage and 1d which went towards health camps for children.

The paper was Wiggins, Teape watermarked multiple NZ and star and the stamps had a comb perforation of 14 x 13½.

A single plate was made and the plate number 1 appears below the second stamp in the bottom margin.

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AUS-UK
Postmarked November 1934

This cover shows the 1934 Health stamp postmarked in Christchurch on 28 November 1934 and sent on the first flight of the new regular service from Australia to Britain.

It was sent from Auckland to Sydney on the Monterey on 30th November - 4th December. It then went from Sydney to Cootamundra by rail and was flown from there to Charleville where it joined the service from Brisbane to the UK.

It is franked with 1s 7d although the rate for the new service was 1s 6d. Likely that the 1d Health stamp paid for a late fee.

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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.