1973 Christmas

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1973 Christmas
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
3c 'Tempi Madonna' by Raphael 193a $0.45
5c 'Three Kings' Window from St Theresa's, Mt Roskill 193b $0.45
10c Church on Christmas Day in NZ 193c $1.35
Set of 3 193d $2.15
First Day Cover - 3 October 1973 193e $2.55
… Three Stamps : 3c (193a), 5c (193b), 10c (193c)
The 3 cent stamp features a reproduction of the 'Tempi Madonna', a Renaissance oil painting by Raphael Sanzio. This painting express a strong sentiment of anxious motherhood, enriched by great awareness. The Virgin is holding the Christ Child closely and only has eyes for him. The Child looks at the observer, drawing us into the intimate scene.

The 5 cent stamp features the 'Three Kings' stained glass window from Saint Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Mount Roskill, Auckland.

The 10 cent stamp shows a contemporary scene of a family going to church on Christmas Day in the summer with flowering Pohutakawa trees in the background and a clear blue sky and intense sun over the ocean.

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 216 - 217
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