Stamp in the Creek
A week after the infamous 1949 April Fool's Day radio hoax reported a swarm of wasps descending on Auckland, there is news of the second ever inverted New Zealand stamp found in the small Bay of Plenty village of Kotuku. The source is the village postmaster Jack Cavanagh, who has already alarmed the authorities with his penchant for attracting publicity. Not only did he propose the new White Island stamp, he is claiming an inverted misprint is among the contents of his Post Office safe stolen and blown up. It is election year and the fallout from the April Fool's prank has the Police and Post Office hierarchy in a tailspin about this latest potential public relations disaster.