Friday, March 8, 2013

Government Life Insurance 3.6.1981

Special stamps for use solely by the Government Life Insurance Office were first issued in 1891, a lighthouse being incorporated into each stamp design. The inclusion of a stylised lighthouse on the 1981 Government Life stamp issue continued a theme that had always appeared on Government Life stamps since their inception.

The first stamps issued in New Zealand that did not feature Queen Victoria were the 1891 Government Life Insurance Office's stamps, which featured a lighthouse. All subsequent issues also had depictions of lighthouses, which were a 19th-century symbol of insurance. The 1981 issue marked a radical departure with a highly stylised and colourful design as seen on the six stamps on this impressive cover given to me by my dear friend Maria.

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