1944 Sovereigns Provisional

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1944 Sovereigns Provisional
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
10d On 1½d Sovereigns 75a $0.90
First Day Cover - 1 May 1944 75b $72.00
… 10d (75a)
Large remaining stocks of the 1½d Sovereigns stamp from 1940 were surcharged 10d to cover the rate for the newly introduced airgraph service.

The airgraph service photographed large amounts of mail and reduced it to thumb-nail size images on reels of microfilm. These reels were then shipped saving valuable cargo space for war materials. The system also eliminated the threat of spies using microdots or invisible ink to send reports as any microdots would not be photographed with sufficient resolution to be read.

Once the reels arrived in the recipient's country they were developed and printed on lightweight photo paper about one quarter of their original size and delivered to the addressee.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume II
Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C. W. Watts FRPSNZ
Published 1950 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 83 - 84
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