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Health 1944-1949

The dies and plates of the 1944, 1945 and 1948 Health issues were prepared and printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson while the 1946 and 1947 issues were prepared and printed by Waterlow and the 1949 issue by Harrison.

The 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1949 designs were by J. Berry.

1944

1944 1d 1944 2d

The 1d plate number was 1 and the 2d plate number was 2.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 10 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1945

1945 2d 1945 1d 1945 2d 1945 1d

For both values, the plate numbers were A1, A2, B1 and B2 although the 2d from plate B2 is uncommon and from plate A2 is very uncommon.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 12 rows of 10. The perforation was 13.5.

1946

1946 1d 1946 2d

No plate numbers appeared on the printed sheets. It appears that one frame plate was used for each value while two centre plates were used and both were used in the printing of both values.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 15 rows of 8. The perforation was 13.5.

1947

1947 2d 1947 1d

No plate numbers appeared on the printed sheets, but two plates were used for each value. The numbers 43443 and 43444 appeared on the 1d plates and 43445 and 43446 on the 2d, but were trimmed from the issued sheets.

Each plate consisted of 96 stamps in 8 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1948

1948 1d 1948 2d

For both values, the plate numbers were A1, A2, B1 and B2

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 10 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1949

1949 2d 1949 1d

The plate numbers appeared as very small numbers sideways below the 18th stamp in the bottom row. The 1d was from plate 2 and the 2d from plate 1.

1949 Health plate 2 1949 Health plate 2

Sheets were numbered serially and sheet numbers appear below the 17th and 18th stamp and below the 20th stamp in the bottom row.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 6 rows of 20. The perforation was 14 x 15.

1949 Health plate 2 1949 Health plate 1

There was normally a dot below the 'D' of '1D', but it was removed, likely by inadvertant retouching, in the stamp at R1/2.

2d nodot 2d nodot
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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 2, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1950. All scans were made by the author.