1955 Stamp Centenary
This issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of New Zealand's first
pre-paid postage stamps.
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The 2d stamp shows a Maori mail runner -
the first means of overland mail delivery in New Zealand. Mail runners
often had to cross difficult terrain and swim treacherous rivers to
deliver the mail.
The 4d stamp shows the extent of progress in the
first 100 years with a DC3 with the National Airways Corporation insignia
alluding to airmail delivery.
The 3d stamp echoes the background of
the first stamps of 1855 with Queen Elizabeth's coronation portrait
replacing the Chalon portrait of Queen Victoria in her coronation
The stamps were issued on the 18th of July 1955 - 100 years
to the day after the issue of New Zealand's first stamps.
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