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  1. 100th Anniv of Int Union Against TB

    Tuberculosis Germ

    The Union is a global scientific organisation working to improve health for people in low and middle-income countries. Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and treatable disease yet it is the leading infectious disease killer worldwide, accounting for 1.45 million deaths in 2018 alone. The Union works towards the global elimination of TB, and supports high-quality, accessible prevention and care for people with and at risk of TB.

    Christmas seals continue to be a tool in the arsenal of the war against TB, and the Union holds an annual Christmas Seal Contest among the nations of the world. Check out this year, and previous winners.

    The International Union against TB - Christmas Seal Contest 2014-2020

  2. 1924 Wheat Ridge Local TB - Varieties Discovered by CS&CSS Member Jerry Craig

    1924 Wheat Ridge US Local TB Christmas Seal pane of 5 1924 Wheat Ridge US Local TB Christmas Seal - Type One 1924 Wheat Ridge US Local TB Christmas Seal - Type Two 1924 Wheat Ridge US Local TB Christmas Seal - Type Three

    Green's #1024 1924 Wheat Ridge US local TB seal pictures three wisemen on camels following the Star of Bethlehem. Just this month, August 2020, CS&CSS member Jerry Craig discovered 3 varieties that seem to occur on every pane of five. From the top down, positions 1, 2, and 4 are type one. Position 3 is type two, and position 5 is type three. 

    Type One - Saddle under first rider has green rectangle, striped section of saddle under second rider with red background

    Type Two - Saddle under first rider with yellow rectangle, striped section of saddle under second rider with red background

    Type Three - Saddle under first rider has green rectangle, striped section of saddle under second rider without red background

  3. The National Christmas Seals of Canada 1927 - 2018

    Canadian National Christmas Seals

    Cliff A. Beattie, Andrew Chung and Robert D. Vogel
    Released November 2019.
    182 pages, 8.5 × 11, Spiral bound.
    Colour C$ 38.00 [ISBN 978-1-989280-02-7].

    This second edition of The National Christmas Seals of Canada 1927-2018 includes new National Christmas Seals since 2008, Quebec Christmas Seals and Country Hearts and Country Valentines to 2018, and Spring Seals to 2019 plus new discoveries and updates. New topics include the annual Christmas Seal sale and campaign letters; Christmas Seal errors, freaks and oddities; and ornaments and Christmas Seals issued by the provincial associations of The Lung Association.

    Andrew Chung has been active in Canadian philately since the mid-1970s. His collecting interests are Canada Christmas Seals, Replacement and Publicity first day covers of the Canada Post Office, postage due use, postal notes and money orders, postal rates and fees of the Elizabethan era, Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Postal Union of the Americas and Spain (PUAS) presentation items, and reply coupons (including Newfoundland).

    Cliff Beattie began collecting in 1960. In 1970, his collecting endeavours expanded to include Canadian National Christmas Seals, including the Local Christmas Seals issued by various sanatoriums in Canada. In 2008, he collaborated with Andrew Chung and Bob Vogel to create a first edition of the National Christmas Seals of Canada Catalogue and now, in 2019, he has again worked with Andrew and Bob to create the second edition.

    Bob Vogel began collecting mint and used Canada in 1964. In 1970, his interest turned to the postal history of Muskoka District and he gradually assembled a comprehensive collection, exhibiting it at the local level. In the mid-1990s his interest changed to the postal history of Berlin/Kitchener, Ontario, focusing on the machine cancels of that community, and he exhibited at National level. In addition to his involvement with the Christmas Seal catalogue, Bob is also the Chairman of the BNAPS First Day Cover Study Group.

  4. The National Dental Association

    Early National Dental Assn, American Dental Assn. Mosbaugh All Fund, Medical section 9 #110.01-.04

    The National Dental Association became the American Dental Association in 1922. These are listed in the Mosbaugh All Fund Catalog, Section 9, Medical #110

    .01 1913-17 "National Dental Association"

    .02 1918 1918-20 "National Dental Association", but  gaps in green ornamental frameline above "NDA". Green lighter, showing leaves individually at bottom.

    .03 1921 "National Dental Association" The outside lines on NDA logo meet at the bottom

    .04 1922 Name changed to "American Dental Association" The outside lines on NDA logo meet at the bottom

  5. 1921 Christmas Seal Electrotype Proofs

    1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker 1921 NTA Christmas Seal Publicity, electrotype proof by Ernest Hamlin Baker

    These electrotype proofs were created by the National Tuberculosis Association for the 1921 Christmas Seal campaign. All signed Ernest Hamlin Baker, this artist also designed 1919 and 1920 Christmas Seals. The Publicity department of the NTA used these images in newspapers and magazines to promote their important work.

  6. 1913 Christmas Seal Types

    1913 type 1 Christmas Seal 1913 type 2a Christmas Seal 1913 type 2b Christmas Seal 1913 type 3 Christmas Seal 1913 type 4 Christmas Seal 1913 type 4 Christmas Seal tied on 1913 Christmas Seal Essay, E1a 1913 Christmas Seal Essay, E3 1913 Christmas Seal Essay, E4 1913 Christmas Seal Essay, E6 1913 Christmas Seal Essay, E7 1912-14 Chicago Local TB Christmas Seals

    There are four major types of the 1913 Christmas Seal, and varieties within these types. Also illustrated are some of the proposed designs, or essays created in the development of the finished seal, as well as the Chicago local that closely resembles the type 1.

     

    1) Poinsettia flowers in the side panels. This, the holy grail of US Christmas Seal collecting is very rare, with only one sheet believed to have been produced. 

    2a) Poinsettia flowers removed, but green circles around the crosses in the side panels remain. Bottom left of upper ribbon with “American Red Cross” has closed curl (filled in green).

    2b) Poinsettia flowers removed, but green circles around the crosses in the side panels remain. Bottom left of upper ribbon with “American Red Cross” has open curl (filled in red).

    Type 2a&b varieties only discovered in the new melinum by CS&CSS member, Joseph Ward

    3) Green circles around the crosses in the side panels removed.

    4) Imperforate, issued without gum,  with printed dashes (simulated roulette) between seals. Unknown origin, but some examples have partial printing on back; an important clue yet to be decyphered. I'm also illustrating the only known tied on

    Some Essays - imperforate, issued without gum in panes of 10 (2x5) One bears a strong resemblance to the type one, with poinsettias in the side panels, but sharper, with proof like details. Varieties include, black vignette, green vignette, incomplete poinsettias, and fewer shading lines above the highest mountain.

    Chicago local TB Christmas Seals used US National designs from 1912-1914. The1913 issue bears a strong resemblance to type 1, but is easily distinguished by comparison. Both have  poinsettias in the side panels, but the Chicago local is lighter green, and Santa's sleigh has red in it. The Chicago local is not as finely printed as the the national issue. Though not visible on this illustration, the Chicago local has a Union Label, just below the center bottom of each seal. 

  7. 1925 Christmas Seal Types

    1925 type 1 Christmas Seal 1925 type 2 Christmas Seal 1925 type 3 Christmas Seal

    There are three major types of the 1925 Christmas Seal, and varieties within these types.

    Type One, printed by Eureka - The red line around "1925" stops at the green line at the top of the bottom panel and does not join the red background below. The rays around the flames are like the Type II in early impressions, but more frequently show signs of wear, are only slightly tapered, and are blunt at the tips. Rays mostly alternate long and short.

    Type Two, printed by Edwards & Deutsch - The red line around "1925" crosses the green line and joins the red background of the bottom panel. Rays are tapered and sharp pointed, mixed long and short as Type I.

    Type Three, printed by Gugler - Similar to Type I but rays around flames are shorter and of a more even length, and usually have sharper points. Letters "ea" of "Health" are smaller and more nearly closed. They come in two types of letters, one with heavy "rr" and the other with thin "rr" in "Merry".

  8. 1934 Christmas Seal - 4 Stages of the Light Blue Plate

    1934 Light Blue Plate, Stage 1 1934 Light Blue Plate, Stage 3 1934 Light Blue Plate, Stage 2 1934 Light Blue Plate, Stage 4 1934 Light Blue Plate, Stages 1-4, Complete Seals

    The four stages of the 1934 light blue plate are confusing and often difficult to see on the complete Christmas Seals. These images were photo-shopped from a stage one light blue plate, Eureka progressive color proof.

    Clearly, the National Tuberculosis Association kept cutting away more and more of the light blue plate so the wording, "Season's Greetings", the date, "1934" and finally the double barred cross, were more visible. Unless the plates were aligned perfectly, these details were hard to see.

    The first 3 stages of the light blue plate were used on common Christmas Seal printings. Eureka, early printing of Strobridge, and Edwards & Deutsch used stage one. Stage two was used by USPS. Stage three was used on later printing of Strobriodge and Stage four is a rare Strobridge variety, existing only as a complete seal.

    Light Blue Plate Stages

    1) “Season’s Greetings 1934” is in characters slightly larger than on the ultramarine plate

    2) “Season’s Greetings” has been cut away leaving a white panel in its place, but “1934” is still as in stage 1

    3) “1934” has also been cut away leaving a squat T-shaped white panel in place of lettering and date

    4) The cross has also been cut away bringing the white panel to a point at about the center of the seal. The white panels are covered by the ultramarine screen in the complete seals, but show quite clearly through the screen.

  9. Corona Virus Awareness Sheet

    Corona Virus Awareness Seal, from sheet of 48

    Print your own COVID-19, sheet of 48

    The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus, as there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

    According to the CDC, the virus is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person. This means it may spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

    The CDC also reports that it may be possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    PDF icon cs&css corona virus awareness sheet.pdf

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