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For the 1940 health several designs featuring children were submitted with
one design featuring a triangular stamp design. The Government Printer
opposed triangular stamps as they would be hard to arrange on a plate and
there was also concern that post office workers would have trouble
separating the stamps. In late May 1940 the Director-General made a
recommendation to the Postmaster-General that portraits of Princess
Elizabeth and Princess Margaret would "prove eminently
suitable". This required permission to use their portraits, an
assurance that the stamps would be printed in time for the October issue
and advice whether perforating the triangular stamps would be possible.
On July 24th the Postmaster-General was advised that "owing
to the development of the war situation and the possibility of there being
difficulty in obtaining prompt delivery of the stamps from England, further
consideration was given to the matter and it is now understood that the
Prime Minister wishes stamps of the same design as those of last year to
be used this year." At this stage new plates were produced with the
same design as the 1939 Health
with the correct increased postal rates from 1939 included.
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