Friday, 31 July 2015

1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.



 Definitive Tour.
Back to Elizabeth II Definitives.                                       Forward to 1967 Decimal Pictorials.     

          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part One.

                    A summary and overview of this issue with the stamps arranged issued order.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two.
                    This second part shows each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three.
                   
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - low values.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - high values.
                    Postal history items.

Flaws and Errors of the 1960 Definitives - High Values.

         Flaws and errors were very common in this issue and in our drop box library we have around 114 images. Some are double ups and others very poor quality so I'm unsure how many will eventually make it into the blog.

          Images of errors and flaws come from a variety of sources, often of different resolutions, so image size becomes a problem. Colour quality and accuracy is also a problem from some image sources too. We also tended to enlarge these stamps for greater clarity and detail of the errors. This often makes for an untidy looking page but we hope this will be overlooked in the interest of viewing some amazing stamps.

         This post will only show errors/flaws in the High values, 9d - New Zealand Flag up to the £1 - Pohutu Geyser. The lower values are on a separate post. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three



Definitive Tour.
Back to Elizabeth II Definitives.                                          Forward to 1967 Decimal Pictorials.



          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part One.

                    A summary and overview of this issue with the stamps arranged issued order.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two.
                    This second part shows each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three.
                   
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - low values.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - high values.
                    Postal history items.


Flaws and Errors of the 1960 Definitives - Low Values.
          Flaws and errors were very common in this issue and in our drop box library we have around 114 images. Some are double ups and others very poor quality so I'm unsure how many will eventually make it into the blog.

          Images of errors and flaws come from a variety of sources, often of different resolutions, so image size becomes a problem. Colour quality and accuracy is also a problem from some image sources too. We also tended to enlarge these stamps for greater clarity and detail of the errors. This often makes for an untidy looking page but we hope this will be overlooked in the interest of viewing some amazing stamps.

         This post will only show errors/flaws in the lower values, native flowers from ½d - Manuka up to the higher 8d - Rata. Errors/flaws for the larger values are on a separate post. 


Monday, 27 July 2015

1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two

Definitive Tour.
Back to Elizabeth II Definitives.                                          Forward to 1967 Decimal Pictorials.

1960 - 1967 Designs in Detail.
This second part will show each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value rather than as in Part One by their issue date. Our purpose here is to consider the design and subject of each stamp.

              1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part One.
                    A summary and overview of this issue with the stamps arranged issued order.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two.
                    This second part shows each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three.
                   
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - low values.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - high values.
                    Postal history items.

Lower Values.
These stamps are more often than not arranged by their value. First comes the Low Values, the little ones in value and size, each displaying a native flower. They begin with the humble ½d going up to the 8d. Why wasn't the 9d included as one too? Back in the world of Sterling Currency 1/- (1 shilling) was equal to 12 pence. Stamps over 8d were not normally issued as mail charges of 10d or 11d could be made up using lesser values. 
                 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part One.

Definitive Tour.
Back to Elizabeth II Definitives.                                          Forward to 1967 Decimal Pictorials.

Overview of the 1st Series (Sterling).
This is the first of a series of posts on the large definitive issues of the 1960s.

          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part One.
                    A summary and overview of this issue with the stamps arranged issued order.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two.
                    This second part shows each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three.
                   
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - low values.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - high values.
                    Postal history items.


 
After the Queen Elizabeth II definitives of the 1950s by 1958 New Zealand was looking for a new definitive issue. In November 1958 the Postmaster-General announced that a new set of pictorial stamps would be issued progressively from July 1960.
A public competition was held to obtain designs and 1,072 entries were received from 268 competitors.  

The first stamps of this new definitive issue appeared in July, 1960. Two months later, on the 2nd September, another six values were added. Over the next few years, changes in postal rates would lead to another three values being added and two values were reissued with more colourful designs. Finally on the 10th July 1967, the entire issue would be replaced with decimal stamps using the old designs with new decimal values. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

1964 Road Safety Campaign

3d - Road Safety.

 This special stamp issue was made in support of National Accident Free Day as part of a road safety campaign. The stamp depicts a map of New Zealand with a road, divided by a dotted white line, from Bluff to the North Cape, symbolic of State Highway 1. On the left of the stamp a driver's hand firmly grasps a steering wheel.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

1979 - 1980 Scenic Stamps.

1979 Scenic Stamps - Small Harbours.
 See the full collection Scenic Stamps Series - Part One.
                      
15c - Whangaroa Harbour, Northland.                   20c - Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau Island.

Monday, 20 July 2015

1962 - 1963 Communication Centenaries.

1962 Telegraph Centenary.

          This stamp issue celebrated the centenary of the introduction of the first telegraph service in New Zealand.

             
     3d - Hand Operating Morse Key.                                8d - 1960s Teleprinter & Teleprinter Tape.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Parliament Buildings

        This post can be looked at, as a thematic collection of Parliament Building stamps, or as a history of Parliament in New Zealand. Below is the miniature sheet of the 2004 - 150 Years of Parliament issue. Rather than grouping the stamps by their issue date, I'm going to arrange them according to the time period of the buildings they show. The 2004 issue will be our guide through this interesting subject, with the five stamps acting as headings to the various sections/time periods.

 2004 - 150 Years of Parliament.
Stamps were issued 3rd March 2004. 45c issued 5th May 2004.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition

Singapore 2015 was the third World Stamp Exhibition to be held in Singapore. It was held in conjunction with Singapore's 50th year of independence, with the full support and patronage of the Federation lnternationale de Philatelie (FIP) and under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately.
To mark this exhibition, New Zealand Post issued one stamp of a joint issue between Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. This stamp shows a great view of the New Zealand Houses of Parliament in Wellington. The other two stamps also included the Houses of Parliament in their respective countries. (See the miniature sheet below.)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

1976 - 1977 Scenic Stamps

1976 - Scenic Stamps - Waterfalls.
See the full collection Scenic Stamps Series - Part One. 
          Four of New Zealand's most beautiful waterfalls are featured in this series of stamps. As depicted on the stamps, each is different in character, sinuous delicate tiers of Purakaunui in the far South Island, contrast with Marakopa in the North Island - a crashing curtain of water.

                   
               10c - Purakaunui Falls.                             14c - Marakopa (Marokopa) Waterfall.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

2015 - UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

         New Zealand is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand, Tongariro National Park, and the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands. Tongariro National Park is located in the central North Island, Te Wahipounamu is located in the south-west of the South Island and the Sub-Antarctic Islands are found south of the South Island.

         This special stamp issue showcases these scenic locations in all their glory. Six colourful stamps, two of each area combine to make this one of the better stamp issues New Zealand has released.

         I have chosen to use extra large images to display the full beauty of these stamps then lower down smaller images accompany more detailed captions on the views shown. I know our blog owner Allan, is against using such large images but I feel they are needed here.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Thematic Collections

       One of the types of stamp collecting that has not been covered well with this blog is Thematic Stamp Collecting. Well, we actually do have some Thematic collections in this blog and more are planned by our team. This index will help you find them.
        The larger ones are shown at the top of our blog. These include the Health Stamps, Christmas Stamps and the New Year collections. Other collections, that are smaller and only occupy one page, you will find listed below.        (Asami & Kim)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

1976 Anniversaries


Five anniversaries were commemorated by way of stamps in 1976. This issue continued what had become an annual issue of stamps marking anniversaries and other important events. Some issues, such as the set below were designed in a cartoon or graphic style. Some, such as Allan, the owner of this blog, have a strong opinion about this saying it does nothing for the message of the stamp. Since we have completed all the other 1976 stamp issues and no one else in our writing team seems interested, I have decided to create a post on this issue.  
"The stamp designs were what NZ Post called graphic representations of the various subjects and organisations they commemorated. This style seemed to be used over many issues from around this period. In some cases they worked well but in many cases they were a low point in New Zealand postage design."  Allan. 



Sunday, 5 July 2015

2000 - Tales of Two Taniwha

For an index to all our posts on New Zealand Maori.

                               
Araiteuru.                                                               Tuhirangi

These two stamps come from the 2000 Spirits and Guardians issue. You will find the complete set of this issue in our Chinese New Year collection and in our post 2000/2012 The Year of the Dragon.. These two stamps show two famous Taniwha, guardians of the seas around Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Thursday, 2 July 2015

1974 - 1975 Scenic Stamps

1974 - Scenic Stamps - Offshore Islands.
See the full collection - Scenic Stamps Series - Part One. 
Following on with the scenic theme of this series, in 1974 four offshore islands were featured. Once again I good variety were selected from the larger Great Barrier Island and Stewart Island to the active volcano White Island. The final stamp was the tiny Brothers Islands from Cook Strait.  
Notes on this page were based on notes from the NZ Post Web Site.

                  

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

2003 Military Uniforms

 

        2003 Military Uniforms was only issued as the miniature sheet format seen below. It featured 20 stamps showing figures in military uniform from the 1860s through to the modern uniforms of today.

       Some details and items, wore or used, are included on each stamp along the service medal likely to have been received. More details regarding each uniform were printed on the back of each stamp so beside each stamp we have also shown its reverse side.

        The top First Day Covers plus the full reverse sheet can be found at the bottom of this page.

        If you are interested in military stamps, you might discover more about New Zealand in our ANZAC Military collection. Links can be found in the navigation bar at the top of the page.