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 4d stamp shows the extent of progress in the first 100
years with a DC3 with the National Airways Corporation insignia alluding to
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 robes.
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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