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WELLINGTON, this day.

A complete set of health stamps issued in the Dominion has become part of the famous collection of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt.

/The story behind thje acquisition by the President of the stamps is a touching one, for unfortunately the gift arrived too late for him to enjoy them. When Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Greenbie, .Special Assistant to the American Minister and General Representative of the U.S. Office of War Information, first arrived in New Zealand they, became interested in the welfare ,of the crippled children. With the secretary. of the Society for Crippled Children, Major C. Meachem, and his secretary, Miss L. Jamieson, and Dr. Robertson, the orthopedic specialist in charge of the crippled children's work, they made several journeys up and down the East and West Coasts visiting hospitals and seeing the care given to crippled children in New Zealand. As a token of regard for their interest Major Meachem suggested that a set of health stamps be presented to Mr. Greenbie as a gift. Immediately it occurred to Mr. Greenbie that, inasmuch as he was not a stamp . collector, he would turn the set over to the President. He wrote to Mr. Roosevelt asking if he would like to have the set.

A letter from President Roosevelt in reply expressed great satisfaction at Mr. Greenbie's thought. Unfortunately, through delays, for which no one was responsible, the stamps were not turned over to Mr. Greenbie until his return from a subsequent visit to the crippled children in April last. The Post and Telegraph Department handed them to Mr. Greenbie just three days before the news of the President's death.

Mr. Greenbie then sent the stamps to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt with the suggestion that they be deposited in the. President's collection. A letter has just tveen received by Mr. Greenbie from' Mrs. Roosevelt, advising that she had received the stamps and would see that they were put with her husband's collection. "It was very kind of you to send them as my. husband requested and I am deeply grateful to you," added the letter.

. And so, to-day the stamps which have done so much for the welfare of children in New Zealand are in the collection of President Roosevelt, who did more for crippled children in America than any other person.

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N.Z. HEALTH STAMPS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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N.Z. HEALTH STAMPS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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