1929 Health

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1929 Health
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1d Nurse - 'Help Stamp Out Tuberculosis' 39a $58.50
First Day Cover - 11 December 1929 39b $810.00
… 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.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand (Volume I)
Edited by R. J. G. Collins and H. T. M. Fathers B.A. B.Sc.
Published 1938 by The Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 401 - 402, 589
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
Page 152
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