Stamp 1936 New Zealand 1/2d Wool – off paper
1936 Chamber of Commerce series
Transportation of wool with an inset of shearing.
The five stamps of this issue commemorate the Congress of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire, held at Wellington in October 1936. The Congress, first convened in London in 1855, was a triennial event and this was the first occasion it had met in New Zealand.
The Chamber of Commerce stamps were placed on sale on the 1 October 1936 and an unprecedented rush occured. At all the large offices queues began to form up before the doors were even opened at 8am and even at midday prospective purchasers were standing six deep at the stamp counters at the main centres.
Postal authorities were amazed at the thousands of people who purchased from one to six sets. The demand was so great that most of the larger offices had sold out of 2 1/2d stamps on the first day. The 2 1/2d and 4d values were not available at any office after the 6th October and the 6d was exhausted the following day.