Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1975 New Zealand Definitives - Roses 28.11.1975

Another delightful first day cover from my dear friend Maria. Roses, which are very popular in New Zealand and grow particularly well, were chosen as the subject of a new Definitive stamp issue in 1975. They were issued on 26th November 1975.

The rose has long been the most popular flower and references to its beauty can be found far back in history.  In those far gone days it blossomed in the wild as a simple flower of five petals only; from those original species the creations of the present day have evolved - through natural cross fertilisation and selective breeding by hybridists. The stamps are: 1c Sterling Silver, 2c Lilli Marlene, 3c Queen Elizabeth, 4c Super Star, 5c Diamond Jubilee, 6cCresset, 7c Michele Meilland, 8c Josephine Bruce and the 9c Iceberg. The names are quaint aren't they?

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