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Hygeia, goddess of health (1st of 3)

Hygeia, goddess of health

The 1932 health stamp featured a half-naked depiction of Hygeia (also spelt Hygieia), the ancient Greek goddess of health and cleanliness, reclining on a pedestal and raising a goblet of medicinal wine to the sky, while the sun rises behind her. At this time half of the proceeds of health stamps went towards children's health camps – over time this percentage has decreased.

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Reference: 1932 Health stamp issue

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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Stamps, 1855 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/postage-stamp/32056/hygeia-goddess-of-health (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012