1972 Christmas

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1972 Christmas
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
3c 'Virgin and Child' by Murillo 187a $0.45
5c Stained glass window from St John's in Levin 187b $0.45
10c Pohutukawa Blossom - Christmas Tree 187c $1.80
Set of 3 187d $2.55
First Day Cover - 4 October 1972 187e $4.50
… Three Stamps : 3c (187a), 5c (187b), 10c (187c)
The 3 cent stamp features a reproduction of 'Virgin and Child' by the Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo.

The 5 cent stamp features a modern stained glass window from Saint John's Methodist Church in Levin, built in 1936.

The 10 cent stamp has the crimson flower of the Pohutukawa tree. Pohutukawa tree blossom is an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. In 1833 Henry Williams described holding a service under a 'wide spreading Pohutukawa'. By 1867, settlers were calling the Pohutakawa the Christmas tree: "The pohutukawa around Christmas are full of charming blossom and the settler decorates his church and dwellings with its lovely branches." Other settlers described it as 'Antipodean holly'.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 215 - 216
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