American Philatelic Society affiliate #101, CS&CSS is a non profit organization formed in 1931 to attract people of all ages to the hobby of Christmas Seal collecting; to provide information and resources to aid members in the pursuit of this hobby; and to assist its members in acquiring and disposing of items for their collection. Member collecting interests include Christmas Seals, US and worldwide anti tuberculosis seals, other fundraising and, event seals, poster stamps, as well as seals on cover and all Cinderella Stamps. In 2009 the CS&CSS established the Emily Bissell Award for best competitive Christmas Seal exhibit. Members meet biannually at national and international philatelic exhibitions where their hobby and publications are on display and educational material is distributed from society booths. Current issues of Seal News, our award winning quarterly journal, are now available to members online at this site.
The Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society | Since 1931
The CS&CSS publishes a quarterly journal, Seal News, as well as a large catalog of seal collecting literature.
Keeping Society literature current and making it more useful is a primary goal of the CS&CSS. Green's Catalog, named for it's author, CS&CSS member #2 Dick Green, was first published in 1930, and it remains the Bible of Christmas Seal® collecting. It is divided into 3 parts, US National Christmas Seals®, US Local TB Seals, and Foreign TB Seals. Raymond Mosbaugh wrote the catalog of Worldwide Red Cross Fundraising seals, as well as the All Fund Catalog, which is divided into sections listing US fundraising seals issued for causes other than Red Cross or Tuberculosis. Nearly all titles are now available on CDs, which save on international shipping and enabling anyone with a computer to print their own catalogs. There are many recently completed and ongoing literature projects, but many still remain.
Not all seal collecting literature is published by The CS&CSS. In 1935 Christmas Seals were added to the Scott Specialized Postage Stamp Catalogue. Information on more recent works like this are included in the News page.
Modern Meetings of the CS&CSS
Where we had an Educational Christmas Seal Booth
1986 Ameripex, Chicago 1989 Stamp Expo '89, Washington, DC
1997 Pacific '97, San Francisco, CA
1997 VAPEX, Virginia Beach, VA
1999 MIDAPHIL, Kansas City, MO
2001 ROPEX, Rochester, NY
2003 Stampshow, Columbus, OH
2006 World Philatelic Exhibition
2007 VAPEX, November 9-11
2009 APS Stampshow August 6-9, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 StampExpo 400, September 25-27, Albany, NY
2011 APS Stampshow August 11-14, Columbus Convention Center
2013 APS StampShow, Milwaukee, WI, August 8-11
2015 APS StampShow, Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
2016 World Stamp Show, NY, NY, May 28- June 4