LATEST STAMP ISSUES
The latest New Zealand stamp issue has come in for some severe criticism outside the Dominion. Under the heading, "New Zealand Does It Again— _And Again," the "Australian Stamp Monthly" makes the following comment: "Some months ago the issue of the 1/3 lemon 'postal fiscal' by New Zealand provoked an outburst of criticism, and the stamp was universally acclaimed as the world's worst stamp. ! Now another claimant has arisen for the honour, and we, for one, consider that the much-despised 1/3 must now take second place. However, as the new 'world's worst' is also a New Zealand emission, it.is unlikely that the 1/3 'will enter any protest. .'■'■■' "In the sacred cause of charity, two stamps have arrived which must be seen to be believed. Like the old lady at the zoo who exclaimed at her .first sight of the giraffe, we feel tempted to assert, 'There ain't no such animile.' Against a pictorial background, which we hope is not typical of New Zealand (though something equally unattractive appears on.th# Dominion's new air stamps—so perhaps it is really true), appears the head of a curly-headed boy (or is it a marcelled young lady?). No, for the sake of New Zealand's reputation for chivalry, we must decide on the boy, for he is adorned with one of the most beautiful black eyes we have ever seen. He is also a typical boy.in'the way his ears stick: out, while one of these has undoubtedly suffered in the same bout as his eye. His teeth appear to be intact, but there are distinct evidences of contusions in the upper lip and nose. Undoubtedly overflowing with animal spirits, our young friend bears a prominent label, 'Health.' Maori carvings, the New Zealand arms, the 'anti-tuber-culosis' cross, and appropriate inscriptions complete the design. The whole is just,twice the size as need be, and very badly surface printed.. It is a little worse than' the worst advertising label we have ever seen, and would disgrace the least self-respecting quack. New Zealand can now justly claim first and second-prizes for the world's worst stamps—while some "of her other recent issues, are well in the running for third place. She has, moreover, made a creditable attempt for the similar honour in air stamps. An enviable record — A section of the same paper devoted to New Zealand notes contains the following: "As usual, our, New Zealand postal authorities have sprung a surprise on us by issuing two charity stamps—values 3d and 4d—a penny from'each value to go to charities. Why on earth Our 'powers that be' do not avail themselves of the splendid free advertising offered by philatelic papers, bewilders me. If notice of this issue had been given out a few months ago, probably New Zealand would have been a big sum richer at the expense of philatelists. However, as usual, the issue is atrocious, and even beats the George 2/- and 3/- for ugliness. I think the figure of a boy is far too large for the size of the stamp, and there is something wrong with the shading of his face. It makes the lad look as if an enemy had 'sailed into him' and given him a good hiding." Reference is also made by the contributor of these notes to tho issue of three air mail stamps, which are regarded as being very crude. "The design, a New Zealand lake and mountain scene, is very good, but the printing, all in one colour, does hot show the design to proper advantage, and the colours chosen are extremely poor. . . .
Again, our new stamps compare very badly with the aerial stamps issued by even the small countries of the world." Still another contributor says: "This year's charity stamps are the ugliest labels I have ever seen—so ugly that they'll spoil the look of any collection. Still, market advisers cannot take that into consideration —except insofar as that fact means, undoubtedly, decreased demand. Consequently, I advise readers not to overlook these two stamps. They may not be beauties (they certainly aro not that), but they will turn out well. Why cannot the New Zealand authorities wake up to the fact that they are doing their charities a grave disservice in issuing these ugly labels? A well-produced and attractive issue would sell in thous-i-ands.'-'' . ~ :..„.. ~. ~
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"WORLD'S WORST", Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 144, 15 December 1931
"WORLD'S WORST" Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 144, 15 December 1931
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