Saturday, December 19, 2015

Health Stamps 1959

The year 1959 marked a significant turning point in Health stamp designs with the introduction of the 'Bird Series'. The idea of using pictorial designs on Health stamps had been raised several times in previous years. As it was becoming increasing difficult to obtain suitable designs with a straight Health theme it was suggested that a bird series be introduced with the object of achieving some continuity of design over the next few years.

Photographs of several birds were obtained from the Dominion Museum and four printing firms were asked to submit design proposals for the issue with two essays by Harrison and Sons being selected for the issue. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Tete (Grey Teal) - 2d + 1d
The tete 'Anas gibberifrons' arrived in New Zealand last century and although now widespread is common in only a few favoured localities.  It is found on lakes, lagoons and rivers of both islands.  It is one of New Zealand's smallest ducks and although it lacks head markings has a white triangle on the upper wing which is conspicuous in flight.
Poaka (Pied Stilt) - 3d +1d
The poaka 'Himantopus himantopus' is now the commonest breeding wader in New Zealand, having increased in numbers by quickly adapting to the additional open land available through farming.

Thank you Merja.

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