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Health 1936

The die and plates of the 1936 Health issue were prepared and printed by the Australian Note and Stamp Printer, Melbourne. The plates were made of chromium-plated copper.

1936

The 1936 design was by J. Berry.

Each plate consisted of 192 stamps organised in four panes of 48 with the plate number appearing in each corner of the plate. Two plates were used in 1936.

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

The issue was on Wiggins Teape paper, watermarked NZ and star and the perforation was line perf 11.

1936 plates 1 and 2

Plate 1 Plate 2

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1936 First Day Covers
Gisborne

A significant number of illustrated first day covers were produced privately in 1936, but there was no official Post Office cover.

This pictorial first day cover produced by the Oamaru Health Stamp Campaign shows the 1936 Health stamp postmarked in Oamaru on the first day of issue, 2 November 1936.

Christchurch

The second 1936 pictorial first day cover depicting the design from the earlier Smiling Boy issue shows the 1936 Health stamp postmarked in Christchurch on the first day of issue, 2 November 1936.

The cover includes the date of issue showing that this was publicised at least several days in advance.

Dunedin

The third 1936 pictorial first day cover was produced by the Health Camp campaign in Dunedin District. It was postmarked in Invercargill on the first day of issue, 2 November 1936.

Dryden

The fourth 1936 pictorial first day cover contains a quote from Dryden. The Health stamp is postmarked in Aramoho (Whanganui) on the first day of issue, 2 November 1936.

The cover includes the date of issue showing that this was publicised at least several days in advance.

H36_1I

The next 1936 pictorial first day cover shows a small boy on a beach with a bucket and spade. The Health stamp is postmarked in Wellington on the first day of issue, 2 November 1936.

Gisborne
First Flight using 1936 Health Cover

Although this is a first day cover with the 1936 Health stamp, it was not postmarked in Napier until 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. The first flight left Gisborne for Napier early in the morning of 7 December and this cover was flown on the first return flight of the resumed service from Napier to Gisborne in the afternoon.

It is franked with 4d as it was also flown back from Gisborne to Napier on the second resumed flight on the morning of 8 December and is postmarked in Gisborne at 6am. The New Zealand air mail rate was 2d, 1d surface plus 1d air 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.