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Health 1949-1950

The dies and plates of the 1949 and 1950 Health issues were prepared and printed by Harrison.

The 1949 design was by J. Berry.

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
2d nodot 2d nodot

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

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Postmarked October 1949: 1949 Health Stamps

Postmarked in Christchurch on 4th October 1949 (the second day of issue) and addressed to France.

1950 2d 1950 1d

1950

The design was by R.S. Phillips and J. Berry.

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.

1950 Health plate 2 1950 Health plate 1

Plate number 1 appeared as a very small number sideways below the 18th stamp in the bottom row for both the 1d and the 2d.


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Postmarked October 1950: 1950 Health Stamps

Airmail cover to USA franked with 1s 4d and with indistinct postmark in October 1950.

Flown from Auckland to San Francisco by British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines (BCPA) whose rate to USA was 1s 3d compared with the Pan American rate of 2s 0d. The BCPA route was Sydney - Auckland - Nandi (Fiji) - Canton Island - Honolulu - San Franciso - Vancouver.

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Numbers sold:

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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vols 2 and 4, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1950 and 1964 respectively. All scans were made by the author.