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1956 Health
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
1½d Children Playing Under Apple Tree - Brown (Simplified) 100a $0.55
$0.45
$0.55
(i) Purple Sepia Brown 100a1 $0.50
$0.45
$0.55
(ii) Dark Sepia Brown 100a2 $13.50
$10.80
$13.50
2d Children Playing Under Apple Tree - Green 100b $0.55
$0.45
$0.45
3d Children Playing Under Apple Tree - Red 100c $0.55
$0.45
$0.45
Set of 3 individual stamps 100d $1.55
$1.30
$1.40
First Day Cover - 24 September 1956 100e $4.50
... 1½d (100a), 2d (100b), 3d (100c)

After a design competition failed to produce a suitable stamp image for the 1956 Health issue, a photograph from The Auckland Weekly News by J F Louden of his grandchildren Graeme and Peter Wilson playing in an orchard in 1946 was chosen for the stamps. The design was changed to set the scene in a garden.



Two easily distinguished shades of the 1½d stamp exist with the dark sepia brown variety considerably rarer.
Bibliography

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IV
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C.W. Watts FRPSNZ
    Published 1960 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 317 - 319, 436
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