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Health 1944-1948

The dies and plates of the 1944, 1945 and 1948 Health issues were prepared and printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson while the 1946 and 1947 issues were prepared and printed by Waterlow.

The 1945, 1946 and 1947 designs were by J. Berry.

1944

1944 1d plate

The 1d plate number was 1 and the 2d plate number was 2.

1944 1d 1944 2d

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 10 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1945

1945 2d 1945 1d 1945 2d 1945 1d

For both values, the plate numbers were A1, A2, B1 and B2 although the 2d from plate B2 is uncommon and from plate A2 is very uncommon.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 12 rows of 10. The perforation was 13.5.

1946

1946 1d 1946 2d

No plate numbers appeared on the printed sheets. It appears that one frame plate was used for each value while two centre plates were used and both were used in the printing of both values.

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 15 rows of 8. The perforation was 13.5.

1947

1947 2d 1947 1d

No plate numbers appeared on the printed sheets, but two plates were used for each value. The numbers 43443 and 43444 appeared on the 1d plates and 43445 and 43446 on the 2d, but were trimmed from the issued sheets.

Each plate consisted of 96 stamps in 8 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1948

1948 1d 1948 2d

For both values, the plate numbers were A1, A2, B1 and B2

Each plate consisted of 120 stamps in 10 rows of 12. The perforation was 13.5.

1948 1d 1948 2d

Dates:
Numbers sold:

1945healthcover
Postmarked November 1945: 1945 Health Stamps

In November 1945, the New Zealand Post Office approved John Dickenson & Co. to manufacture airmail letter cards [1]. Previously, they had always been produced officially. The inscription was now Air Mail Letter Form.

1945healthcoverb

This card is postmarked in New Zealand on 8 November and was addressed to a member of the armed forces and so is correctly franked with 6d. It has no censor markings.

It was redirected in the UK 9 days later at the New Zealand Army Base P.O. UK on 17 November 1945. The new route across the Indian Ocean was therefore able to provide a faster service than the pre-war Empire route via Singapore.

1948healthcover
Postmarked October 1948: 1948 Health Stamps
1948healthcover

This registered cover shows the 1948 Health stamps and is postmarked on 15 October 1948 and addressed to Kent where it was backstamped on 25 October.

The airmail rate from New Zealand to the UK had been reduced from 1s 6d to 1s 3d on 4 October 1948 and so this is an early example of the new rate.

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