Health 1935-1937

The dies and plates of the 1935, 1936 and 1937 Health issues were prepared and printed by the Australian Note and Stamp Printer, Melbourne. The plates were made of chromium-plated copper.

The 1935 design was by S. Hall, the 1936 design by J. Berry and the 1937 design by G. Bull and J. Berry.

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1935 - 1937 health designs

Each plate consisted of 192 stamps organised in four panes of 48 with the plate number appearing in each corner of the plate. One plate was used in 1935 and two plates in 1936 and 1937.

After printing, the large sheet was split into four before distribution to post offices. The plate number appears in four different positions.

All three issues were on Wiggins Teape paper, watermarked NZ and star. The perforation was line perf 11.

1935 plate 1

The plate had numbers at each corner. When split into four panes, each pane had a number in one corner as shown below.

Plate 1 Plate 1 Plate 1 Plate 1

1936 plates 1 and 2

Plate 1 Plate 2

1937 plates 1 and 2

Plate 1 Plate 2

Numbers sold:

35 health
Postmarked April 1937: 1933 and 1935 Health Stamps

This registered cover shows the 1935 Health stamp postmarked in Dunedin on 14 April 1937 along with the 1933 Health stamp and the 1936 Anzac commemoratives.

35 health

The postmark is to commemorate the opening of the new Dunedin Chief Post Office. The building was recently converted into a hotel.

The cover is addressed to Grafton in Australia and is backstamped at Sydney on 24 April and at Grafton on 26 April. Thw Awatea left Auckland on 21 April and arrived in Sydney on 24 April.

Postmarked December 1936: 1936 Health Stamp

This cover shows the 1936 Health stamp postmarked in Napier on 7 December 1936.

East Coast Airways had set up a regular service between Gisborne and Napier in April 1935. It was suspended from April to December 1936 while Gisborne airport was improved. This cover was flown on the first flight of the resumed service.

It is franked with 4d as it was also sent on the return flight. The New Zealand air mail rate was 2d, 1d surface plus 1d air fee.

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Postmarked January 1938: 1937 Health Stamp

This cover shows a pair of the 1937 Health stamps postmarked in Wanganui on 10 January 1938.

East Coast Airways extended their Gisborne - Napier service to Wanganui on 10 January 1938. It was sent on the first flight from Wanganui to Palmerston North and then flown to Auckland before being sent by sea to Sydney to connect with the air mail service to Bangkok. From Bangkok it was flown to Hong Kong.

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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.