Health 1934

The die and the plate were produced by De La Rue & Co. who also recess printed the stamps.

1934 health

The 1934 design shows a mounted crusader and the design was by J. Berry.

1934 health

The stamps cost 2d, 1d for postage and 1d which went towards health camps for children.

The paper was Wiggins, Teape watermarked multiple NZ and star and the stamps had a comb perforation of 14 x 13½.

A single plate was made with the stamps in 8 rows of 10 and the plate number 1 appears below the second stamp in the bottom margin.

First day covers postmarked in Wellington (and two questionable covers in Tauranga) are known postmarked on 25 October while with other post offices the first date is 26 October or later. The New Zealand Herald of 29 October states that the stamps arrived in Auckland on Friday 26 October and were immediately put on sale at the principal post offices. The Bay of Plenty Times reported on 27 October that the stamps were now on sale [1]. As its area covers Tauranga, it appears that the stamps were actually first issued there on 26 or 27 October, not 25 October.

In the South Island, the Press of Christchurch stated that they would be on sale there on 29 October and the Evening Star of Dunedin on 27 October stated that they would be on sale in all post offices on the Monday, i.e. 29 October.

It therefore appears that there was not a single "first day of issue", but stamps were put on sale immediately that they arrived at a post office. If the stamps were distributed from Wellington, that would explain why they were issued there first on 25 October. In Auckland they were on sale at the main post offices on Friday 26 October while most offices in the South Island issued them on Monday 29 October although a few were issued earlier [2].

As there was no warning of the date of issue, no illustrated first day covers were produced.

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Postmarked November 1934

This cover shows the 1934 Health stamp postmarked in Christchurch on 28 November 1934 and sent on the first flight of the new regular service from Australia to Britain.

It was sent from Auckland to Sydney on the Monterey on 30th November - 4th December. It then went from Sydney to Cootamundra by rail and was flown from there to Charleville where it joined the service from Brisbane to the UK.

It is franked with 1s 7d although the rate for the new service was 1s 6d. Likely that the 1d Health stamp paid for a late fee.

Postmarked December 1934

The next cover is postmarked in Okuru on 31 December and is addressed to Carterton which is north of Wellington. It was flown on the first return flight of the new regular South Westland service by Air Travel from Okuru to Hokitika.

It is seriously overfranked with the 3d airmail stamp and the 1934 health stamp as the rquired postage was 1d.

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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 1, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1938. All scans were made by the author.
[1] Clark, R., 1934 Health: First Day of Issue, The Kiwi, vol 68, p 137, July 2019.
[2] Favier P., 1934 Health First Day - Groundhog Day, The Kiwi, vol 68, pp 133-135, July 2019.