The Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society

Since 1931

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 as well as all past issues of Seal News, our award winning quarterly journal, are now available to members online at this site.

The CS&CSS - 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 with the help of CS&CSS members including, Dorsey F. Wheless, and W. L. Kinkead, the first president of our club. Information on this, and more recent works like this are included in the News page.

1913 type 4 US Christmas Seal

CS&CSS Awards & Criteria

The Emily Bissell Award is for best Christmas or charity seal exhibit at APS StampShow, or the International Stamp Show held once every ten years in the United States; the show where the CS&CSS will hold its biennial meeting. In order to be eligible for this award the exhibit must earn at least a silver medal.

The award consists of:

1. a certificate

2. a one year membership in the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamps Society.

3. any two piece of CS&CSS literature in CD format of the recipient’s choosing.

4. a large engraved crystal award designed to make a remarkable impression.

The Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society Award, also for best Christmas or charity seal exhibit, will be available for all APS World Series of Philately shows and in special circumstances to other large national level stamp shows. In order to be eligible for this award the exhibit must earn at least a silver medal.

The award consists of:

1. a certificate

2. a one year digital membership in the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamps Society.

3. any one piece of CS&CSS literature in CD format of the recipient’s choosing.

4. a crystal paperweight bearing the insignia of the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamps Society.

CS&CSS Awards

Modern Meetings of the CS&CSS

Where we had an Educational Christmas Seal Booth

1986 Ameripex, Chicago

1989 Stamp Expo '89, Washington, D. C.

1997 Pacific '97, San Francisco, CA

1997 Vapex, Virginia Beach, VA

1999 Midaphil, Kansas City, MO

2001 Ropex Rochester, NY

2003 APS Stamp Show, Columbus, OH

2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, Washington, D. C.

2007 Vapex, Williamsburg, VA

2009 APS StampShow, Pittsburgh, PA

2009 StampExpo 400, Albany, NY

2011 APS StampShow, Columbus, OH

2013 APS StampShow, Milwaukee, WI

2015 APS StampShow, Grand Rapids, MI

2016 World ShampShow, NY, NY

2018 APS StampShow, Columbus, OH, Aug. 9-12

US Local TB Montana #1280 1909

Officers of the Society

Board of Governors

Governor and Director at Large