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Health 1938

The die and the plate were produced by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. who also recess printed the stamps.

1938

The 1938 design shows children playing on a lawn and the designer was J. Berry.

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

The paper was Jones paper watermarked multiple NZ and star and the stamps had a comb perforation of 14 x 13½. The stamps were issued in sheets of 80 (8 rows of 10).

Dates:
Numbers sold:

Plate block

Plate H1L

A single plate was made and the plate number H1 appears in the third row in both the left and right margins.

Plate H1L Plate H1R

Each sheet had a sheet number in the top right hand corner.

First Day Covers

Again, no official first day cover was produced by the Post Office, but quite a large number of different covers were produced privately. The date of issue of the health stamp is incorporated in the design of some of these covers, showing that the date of issue was announced several days in advance.

federation

Health Federation cover postmarked in Otahuhu (Auckland) on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938, and addressed to London.

A modified version of this cover was issued in 1939.

seaweed

Cover postmarked in Albert on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938, and addressed to USA. Backstamped on arrival in Brooklyn on 26 October.

It depicts two children playing with seaweed.

milk

This cover is postmarked in Napier on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938, and displays the importance of milk in a child's diet. It also exists in green and black.

The cover was designed by T Sparling and printed by Swailes Printers of Napier.

to Holland
Air mail to Holland

This first day cover is franked with several other stamps as well as the 1938 Health stamp.

It is postmarked in Wellington on 1 October 1938 and addressed to Holland. Although the Empire Airmail Scheme was in operation, it did not apply to non-Empire countries.

The postage rate to Holland was 2s 0d, but this cover is only franked with 1s 11d and so has a T 20 centimes handstamp indicating that there was 2d to pay as it was underpaid by 1d. Perhaps, the sender mistakenly counted the Health stamp as counting for 2d.

The printing on the cover includes the date of issue.

Dunedin

Local Health Camp organisations privately produced covers for use on the first day of issue. This cover was produced by the Dunedin District Health Camp Committee who had also produced a cover in the previous year. Although the year is printed on the cover, the date of issue is not printed.

This cover is postmarked in Dunedin on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938.

1938_1L

Both the year and the first day of issue are printed on this cover.

It is postmarked in Palmerston North on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938 and is addressed to Canada.

1938_1L

Again, both the year and the first day of issue are printed on this cover.

It is postmarked in New Plymouth on the first day of issue, 1 October 1938 and is addressed to South Africa.

It was printed by Norman Hopper of Wanganui and part of the design is similar to a 1935 cover also printed by Hopper.

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The above information is taken from:
[1] The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 1, published by the Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1938.
[2] The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 2, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1950.
[3] Illustrated First Day Covers of New Zealand 1933-2000, Part 1: Health, Stephen Jones, July 2008.
All scans were made by the author.