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Pink and White Terraces
Pink and White Terraces - Issues of Private Postal Services

The Pink and White Terraces were considered to be a natural wonder of New Zealand. They were situated on the northern shores of the lake Rotomahana. The Pink and White Terraces were travertine formations. The hot water, which was heated geothermally, used to flow down to the Lake Rotomahana. This water contained siliceous sinter. Hence, the flowing water used to leave silica deposits throughout the way, which gave it pink and white color.

The White Terrace was the larger formation, covering 3 hectares and descending 30 metres. The Pink Terrace was where people went to bathe on the lower levels, because the temperature of the water was lukewarm. When Mount Tarawera erupted June 10th 1886, the stunning terraces were destroyed.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Pink Terraces stamp 1898

New Zealand 1898, Pink Terraces, "First Pictorials".
(designed by W. R. Bock).
 Waterlow Printing, London without watermark and perforation 12:16.

The stamp is existing as well:
1999, perforation 11
1902 with watermark (7) and various perforations, 11, 14, 14:11 and 11:14 mixed)

The stamps of the 1898 "First Pictorials" were all engraved by Waterlow and Sons, England. The first issue was also printed by Waterlow and Sons, with later supplies being printed in New Zealand from new plates also supplied by Waterlow and Sons. New Zealand Post reissued the First Pictorial series in the year 1998 "Centenary of the 1898 Pictorials".

 

www.mountainstamp.com White Terraces stamp 1898

New Zealand 1898, White Terraces, Four Pence "First Pictorials".
(designed by E. Howard).
 Waterlow Printing, London without watermark and perforation 12:16.

 

www.mountainstamp.com White Terraces stamp 1900

New Zealand 1900, White Terraces, One Penny "First Pictorials".
This stamp was a reproduction, at a slightly smaller size and a new value with perforation 11 of the 1898 stamp. 

The stamp is existing as well:
1902 (first plate) without watermark and various perforations 11, 14 and 14:11)
1902 (first plate) with watermark (7) and various perforations, 11, 14, 14:11 and 11:14 mixed)
1904 (second plate) with watermark (7) and various perforations, 11, and 11:14 mixed)
1906 (second plate) with watermark (7) and various perforations, 14, 14:11 and 14:14)

New Zealand Post reissued the First Pictorial series in the year 1998
"Centenary of the 1898 Pictorials".

 

www.mountainstamp.com White Terraces stamp 1988

New Zealand 1988, White Terraces (1880).
Painting of Charles Barraud,

 

www.mountainstamp.com Pink Terraces stamp 1998

New Zealand 1998, Pink Terraces, "Centenary of the 1898 Pictorials".

 

www.mountainstamp.com White Terraces stamp 1998

New Zealand 1998, White Terraces, "Centenary of the 1898 Pictorials".

 

 

 

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