Up until the 1960s these iconic travel posters played a key role in enticing tourists to make the lengthy journey to visit Aotearoa, and encouraging ‘Kiwis’ to see more of their own countryside. The Classic Travel Posters stamp issue features a selection of these posters – each rich in colour and a beautifully crafted work of art in its own right. The 20 posters selected showcase New Zealand’s diverse scenery, from the snow-covered Southern Alps in the south to the sun-drenched beaches of Tauranga in the north. New Zealand’s love of the outdoors is apparent through activities such as fishing, skiing and even sheep droving. Our distinctive plant and bird life makes an appearance, as do the attractions of Mäori culture, an important part of New Zealand’s identity.
One stamp sheet, 20 posters
The 20 x 70c stamps in this issue are combined into one eyecatching gummed stamp sheet that evokes a sense of nostalgia for the early years of New Zealand tourism. We’ve picked out a few stamps to tell the story of Classic Travel Posters further. Read on to find out more…
Napier:Railways Studios produced a large number of tourism posters featuring town destinations for outdoor holidays. This Napier poster was produced in 1933, and the Art Deco design reflects the style of the buildings being constructed at the time to replace those destroyed in the 1931 earthquake.
Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL):In the 1940s TEAL (now Air New Zealand) introduced flights between New Zealand and Australia, making New Zealand more accessible to international visitors. This poster, designed by Arthur Thompson in the 1950s, shows a carved Mäori figure with the TEAL logo flying through its mouth.
Blue Baths, Rotorua:Leonard Mitchell has been referred to as the ‘father’ of New Zealand poster art, and the Blue Baths, Rotorua poster was one of many that he designed. His work for the Tourist and Publicity Department in the 1930s captured distinctively New Zealand scenes for the overseas tourist, such as the ‘thermal wonderland’ of Rotorua.
Sheep Droving:This Sheep Droving poster was designed by Marcus King in the 1930s and contrasts the delights of rural New Zealand with modernity by showing a mounted drover with a mob of sheep against snowcapped mountains in a valley of electricity pylons. Posters of this style used the silkscreen printing process.
Technical Details:Date of Issue-7 August 2013,Denomination-20x70c, designed by- Hamish Thompson, Wellington, New Zealand,Printing and process- Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography,Colors-4,Size-32.86mm x 50mm (vertical)