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1929 Health
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
1d Nurse - 'Help Stamp Out Tuberculosis' 39a $49.50
$31.50
$31.50
First Day Cover - 11 December 1929 39b $720.00
... 1d (39a)

New Zealand Health stamps were adapted from the Christmas seal system adopted by Scandinavian countries. However, it was decided to release a special stamp with a surcharge to support sanatoria or similar health projects.

The first health stamp bears the inscription "help stamp out tuberculosis" and 1929 is inscribed around the cross of Lorraine - the emblem of the International Anti-Tuberculosis Societies.

The nurse is in uniform for the period, wearing the brooch and star insignia of the New Zealand Registered Nurse Association.

The nurse image was drawn by L C Mitchell and the staff of the Government Printing Office designed the stamp frame and printed the stamp.

Nearly 600,000 copies of the stamp were sold.
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