ANZAC 2014 – WWII Poster Art Stamp Issue
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II and New Zealand Post is commemorating with this special stamp issue. New Zealand was involved in all but three of the 2,179 days of World War II. It was a conflict that engulfed the globe, taking the lives of 50 million people, including nearly one in every 150 New Zealanders. World War II was New Zealand’s greatest ever national effort by land, by sea and by air, and it affected the lives of everyday New Zealanders in ways never seen before or since.
The 2014 Anzac stamps depict WWII poster art. Between 1939 and 1945 New Zealand produced hundreds of thousands of posters, window stickers and cards in support of its involvement in World War II. Displaying posters was seen as a way to contribute to the war effort and they helped to create a war-like atmosphere at home.
The six stamps reflect six of the groups that contributed to the war effort overseas and at home: the Air Training Corps, the Women’s Land Service, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army and the Māori Battalion. The purpose of these posters was to raise funds, recruit New Zealanders and give advice and information about the war.
Date of Issue:2 April 2014,Denominations: 70c (x2), $1.40, $1.90, $2.40, $2.90, Stamps, miniature sheet booklet and first day cover designed by: New Zeland Post Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand, Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography,Colors:4Stamp size and format: 35mm x 46mm (vertical) Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper,Perforation:14.78×14.86
Royal Visit 2014
The first royal tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a married couple is an exciting event for the Commonwealth. New Zealand Post is eager to welcome the young couple and commemorate this occasion with a special stamp issue for their April tour. We are pleased to release this issue as we have official sign off from Her Majesty the Queen, and so the issue is now available to order.
This visit marks the first royal tour by Prince William on behalf of the Queen, with the visit being Catherine’s first visit to New Zealand. New Zealanders are excited for the arrival of the young royals, with over half of New Zealand having tuned in to their wedding in 2011. The two stamps depict portraits taken after Prince George’s birth. The 70c stamp shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge in the garden of the Middleton family home in August 2013 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. The $2.90 stamp shows the official portrait of Prince George’s christening, this picture was taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London. Prince George is wearing an exact replica of the baby gown worn by every baby born to the British monarchy before him since 1841. These two stamps are available as well as a first day cover.
Date of Issue:7 April 2014,Denominations: 70c, $2.40, Stamps, miniature sheet booklet and first day cover designed by: New Zeland Post Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand, Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography,Colors:4Stamp size and format: 37.5mm x 52mm (Vertictal),Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor coated gummed stamp paper,Perforation:14