Society News

  1. Early Christmas Seal Publicity Items

    1908 Christmas Seal pamphlet, page 1 of 4 1908 Christmas Seal pamphlet, pages 2-3 1908 Christmas Seal pamphlet, page 4 1909 Christmas Seal letterhead 1910 Christmas Seal leaflet 1911 Christmas Seal leaflet 1911 Christmas Seal letterhead 1935 Christmas Seal letterhead 1935 Christmas Seal letterhead

    In the early years, thru the teens, publicity items issued by the Christmas Seal division of the American Red Cross are rare. The first pamphlet illustrated is from 1908 and contains interesting original information on the 1907 drive. The pamphlet was printed by Chas. L. Story of Wilmington Delaware, and states that they were the printer of the first US Christmas Seal in 1907. Story at least printed some of the type one seals. When the first printing ran out a printer in Philadelphia, Theodore Leonhardt & Son, took over seal production. Later, beginning in the early 20's Christmas Seal publicity items expanded into bonds, ink blotters, package inserts, posters, and letterheads. Many different letterheads were issued by region every year. Though 1935 is not a common year for letterheads, the pdf file contains a definitive collection of about 30 different.

    PDF icon early publicity letterheads.pdf
  2. World Stamp Show NYC 2016

    CS&CSS World Stamp Show, set of 3 souvenir cards

    The CS&CSS will be there for the duration of this, once every 10 year in America, international stamp show; booth 1660. We will be handing out lots of free seals, and signing up some new members. Joseph Ward is creating a society exhibit, a frame of rarities, now included on the "Hobby Overview" page of this website. We hope many members will attend and some will submit their Christmas Seal collections for display. A souvenir CS&CSS engraving has been created for the event. Our meeting, The Early History of Christmas Seals, is scheduled on 5-29-2016, at 11am to 12pm; Meeting Room 1E08. For more information on the event, visit

  3. Christmas Seal & TB Health Buttons

    Early Christmas Seal Buttons used seal designs

    In the mid 80's Charles Andrews wrote a good book on the subject, which went out of print. However, Christmas Seal Buttons, Pins and Medals of The United States, by Lou Caprario, is the best book ever written on the subject; 100+ pages, full color comb bound for $30.00, or on a computer CD for $8.95 Published by the Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society, and available from CS&CSS Catalog Chairman, John Denune, 234 E. Broadway, Granville, OH. 43023. For a complete list of CS&CSS Literature, click on the "Literature" page in the top menu. Caprario's work has outstanding illustrations, and scholarly detail, listing all know varieties. Click on the pdf flie below to view a lovely collection of 160 different early Christmas Seal & TB buttons.

    PDF icon Christmas Seal Buttons.pdf
  4. Quiz - What is a Christmas Seal?

    1904 Danish TB Seal issued at Christmas time 1911 type 2 Christmas Seal 1912 Christmas Seal 1914 Christmas Seal 1915 Christmas Seal 1916 Christmas Seal 1918 type 1 Christmas Seal 1920 type 1 Christmas Seal 1921 type 1 Christmas Seal 1922 Christmas Seal 1923 Christmas Seal 1924 Christmas Seal 1925 type 3 Christmas Seal 1926 Christmas Seal 1927 type 1 Christmas Seal 1928 Christmas Seal 1929 Christmas Seal 1914 Commercial Christmas Poster Stamps

    a) a commerical Christmas poster stamp used on Christmas mail and packages

    b) a tuberculosis or lung charity label issued at Christmas time by any of 76 different countries, totaling hundreds of different national and local tb societies, as stated in this pamphlet issued in 1976 by the American Lung Association

    c) a fundraising seal which includes the double barred cross, or Cross of Lorraine proposed in 1902 at the international conference on TB in Berlin, as the international symbol of the fight against TB

    d) a tb seal issued by the ALA, or any other Organizational or Constituent Member of the International Union against TB & Lung Disease

    e) an entry in the Christmas Seal contest held at the World Conference on Lung Health, the annual convention of the International Union against TB & Lung Diesase

    f) a seal issued by the ALA or it’s predecessors, since it’s acquisition of a registered trademark for the term in 1987.

    If you choose “f”, you are correct, Christmas Seal® is a registered trademark of the American Lung Association.

    Because "Christmas Seal" is part of the name of our Society, we are vitally interested!

    Articles/notes from newspapers making reference to "Christmas Seals" before the ALA registered their trademark. The dates range from 1915 to 1982 , a good time range to show how "Christmas Seals" is a generic term. Five of these are from the first year of the seals' issuance (Boys Town, Catholic Charities, HCA, New Mexico Boys Ranch, and Roweton Boys Ranch). I think this is additional evidence of the generic nature of the term, since the organizations used it right from the beginning.. four are the earliest reference I've found (Grace, NAACP, Starr, Wheatridge).

    Patent denied when inventor waited too long

    Patent case, denying patentability because the inventor waited "almost a decade" before filing. Even though it's a patent case, it's relevant to someone waiting 80 years, as the ALA did, to file for a trademark. In that 80 years, many organizations jumped in and used the term. The case is abstracted below.

    In the 1876 case Consolidated Fruit Jar Company  v. Wright, the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company alleged other jar manufacturers were infringing its patent on Mason jars and requested the Court forbid their competitors from selling their versions of the jar. The Court refused, reasoning that, because the Mason jar was not patented for almost a decade after its creation and introduction to the marketplace, the original inventor “acquire[d] no title, and his invention or discovery . . . is lost to him.”

    George Painter, member CS&CSS

    PDF icon Boys Town - Allen (OK) Advocate 12-8-49 1,1.pdf PDF icon Catholic Charities - Glens Falls Post-Star 12-5-1921 p9.pdf PDF icon Grace - Nemaha County (NE) Herald 11-13-31, 2,3.pdf PDF icon NAACP - California Eagle 12-13-35 5,5.pdf PDF icon HCA - Catholic Union and Times 12-2-15 5,6.pdf PDF icon Roweton - Chillicothe Gazette 12-5-68 pp.2,23.pdf PDF icon New Mexico - Clovis News-Journal 11-30-55 4,3.pdf PDF icon Starr - Battle Creek Enquirer 11-19-45 8,3.pdf PDF icon Wheatridge - Brooklyn Standard Union 10-7-23.pdf PDF icon Christ Child Society, Washington Star 11-26-26, 27,1.pdf PDF icon Capper Foundation Christmas Seal 11-25-82 1.1.pdf
  5. World Class Christmas Seal Blotter Collection

    1913 Christmas Seal Ink Blotter 1916 Christmas Seal Ink Blotter 1925 Christmas Seal Ink Blotter 1925 Local Christmas Seal Ink Blotter Local Christmas Seal Blotter, Skiing 1940 Local Christmas Seal Ink Blotter with Milkman Local TB Ink Blotter, Children, Flowers & Early AUto Christmas Seal Ink Blotter, Woman in Cape

    Many collectors under 60 may not know what an ink blotter is. They date back to an earlier time when people still filled their fountain from a bottle of ink. advancements of quick-drying inks and ballpoint pens in the 1950's made blotters obsolete. I have never seen more than about a half dozen different Christmas Seal blotters. They are listed in the front of the 1983 edition of Green’s part 2, US Local Christmas Seals, along with other “back of the book” national items, like Christmas Seal bonds, bookmarks, booth envelopes, menu labels, milk bottle caps & collars, napkins, package inserts, place mats and transit passes (to name a few). Some of these interesting categories listed in Green’s, like Christmas Seal Buttons have been made into entire catalogs on their own. Other categories, like bookmarks were re done in Seal News (back in the late 80’s I think). I had the opportunity to scan a wonderful collection of 125 different Christmas Seal blotters. The collection includes both National and local blotters and begins in 1913. Click on the pdf download below to view the entire collection

    PDF icon Christmas Seal Ink Blotter Collection8.pdf
  6. Early CS&CSS History & Archives

    1931 Linn's CS&CSS Heading CS&CSS & Poster Stamp Collectors of America combined Journal CS&CSS Chapter 1 Meeting Labels Charles Lorenz at December 1937 Hobby Lobby

    Special thanks to Joseph Ward & Rod Stuart, and George Painter for help on this News item. Like many collector groups, the CS&CSS has an Archive. Today, this Archive consists of a complete Seal News reprint, as well as a collection of early articles pertaining to Christmas Seal collecting, and history. Formed in 1931, The CS&CSS's first official organ was Linn's Stamp News, and the "Christmas Seal and Charity Stamps" monthly department served as our official bulletin, and was edited by A. W. C. Brumfield. 1931-1934 issues are included in the Seal News section, available at this website with member login. Fifty cents covered annual dues which included a subscription to Linn's, double the normal Linn's subscription fee. Later, April 4th, 1934 thru February 5th, 1947, The Western Stamp Collector carried the official bulletin of CS&CSS, first called "Charity Review" thru February 1940 before changing it's name to "Official Bulletin of CS&CSS". The official society column published in the WSC was edited by Harold V.B. Voorhis thru 1938 when he was called to serve in WW2. Ben Morris edited the column thru 1945 and passed away while holding the position of editor. Dick Green took over as editor of the WSC column thru February 1947 before splitting off the Western Stamp Collector, and editing "Seal News", first issued on March 1947. I'm searching for a long run of the CS&CSS Western Stamp Collector bulletins, so they can be added to the Seal News section. For a time, The CS&CSS and The Poster Stamp Collectors of America used a combined journal, The Poster Seal Bulletin. The known issues are included in the Seal News section, which are May 1941 thru October 1941, and a part of a 1943, leading me to believe they were issued for several years. The heading or title page lists both organizations and their respective officers. They even had separate Editors. The CS&CSS was so decimated by the war that the planned Society Exhibition, May 6, 1942, in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Pennsylvania TB Society's 50th Anniversary, was in jeopardy. Attendance was expected to be low but some, notably Charles Lorenz anticipated it, and made the event a success. The exhibit that Lorenz put together with members material demonstrated that it was an exceptional event. A report on this May event was published in The Western Stamp Collector, CS&CSS bulletin, June 1942, and is included in the Seal News section. Joseph Ward also wrote a scholarly article on this event published in Spring 2005 Seal News. During the early years the CS&CSS was a very active group with chapters in New York, Chicago, and later adding Missouri, Wisconsin, and Sacramento. The following are highlights of the CS&CSS Archive, as well as early Christmas Seal articles submitted by members. The first article is by Leigh Mitchell Hodges, The Philadelphia North American newspaperman who was instrumental in making the 1907 seal a success. The first Christmas Seal, conceived by Danish Postal worker, Einar Holboll, became a reality in 1904. Emily Bissell picked up his idea from an article she read to save a small TB sanatorium in the state of Delaware. The article, The Christmas Stamp, by Jacob Riis was published in this News section September 2014. Several articles mention the newly formed CS&CSS, while others contain fascinating back stories to events, such as President FDR receiving a Christmas Seal collection from The National Tuberculosis Association; an album put together by members of the CS&CSS. FDR mentioned a prized Christmas Seal item in his collection, a Danish West Indies TB Seal tied on cover. A publicity photo of this event can be seen in the September 2014 News. Many are written by or about early CS&CSS members collections or exhibits. In the June 1933 article, written by Emily Bissell; she responds to a discovery of some 1907 seals at the NTA office; "We regret that discovery of a quantity of these 1907 seals in cleaning up our office has brought us so much unfavorable publicity, causing people to think we are dickering in the seal trade." Bissell's office had offered 5,000 1907 seal for sale. Collectors correctly predicted the price drop from $5/ $7.50 (type 1 & 2) to .50/ .25 a year later. In 1938 the NTA allowed the CS&CSS to give advance notice of the limited edition Christmas Seal souvenir pane, or Deluxe Pane. With 25,000 printed, they were priced at .25.

    PDF icon 12-5-07 WIlmington Morning News.pdf PDF icon 12-9-17 Wilmington Morning News.pdf PDF icon 12-12-07 Wilmington Morning News.pdf PDF icon 12-13-07 Philadelphia North American.pdf PDF icon 12-17-07 The Optimist.pdf PDF icon 12-18-07 Philadelphia North American.pdf PDF icon 12-19-07 Philadelphia North American.pdf PDF icon 1-3-08 Philadelphia North American.pdf PDF icon 1908 The Christmas Stamp in America, The Outlook, Priscilla Leonard (Emily Bissell).pdf PDF icon 12-16-11 Philadelphia Stamp News, The Am Red Cross Stamps by Percy McMann-1.pdf PDF icon The Christmas Seals, Jacobs Dec. 1912.pdf PDF icon 12-23-07 Philadelphia North American.pdf PDF icon cs&css Dec 1929.pdf PDF icon CS&CSS 10-10-31 Linns.pdf PDF icon CS&CSS Dec 1931.pdf PDF icon cs&css 1931 seal exhibits.pdf PDF icon cs&css 1932 noted artists.pdf PDF icon 1932 Christmas Seal Artists.pdf PDF icon CS&CSS 1932 xmas seal story- radio broadcast.pdf PDF icon cs&css Mar 1933.pdf PDF icon cs&css june 1933 NTA discovery.pdf PDF icon cs&css Dec 1933 FDR.pdf PDF icon wheless, dorsey.pdf PDF icon cs&css Nov 1934 Linns.pdf PDF icon cs&css 1934.pdf PDF icon cs&css Dec 1934.pdf PDF icon article 1934 jacobs.pdf PDF icon cs&css Dec 1935.pdf PDF icon cs&css 1935 nat coin & hobby.pdf PDF icon cs&css Aug 1937 WSC.pdf PDF icon cs&css un 1938 WSC.pdf PDF icon csss Oct 1938 WSC.pdf PDF icon article 12-40.pdf PDF icon CS&CSS 1942 Story of Xmas Seal, Hodges.pdf PDF icon c&cs Mar 1945 WSC.pdf PDF icon article 12-53.pdf PDF icon 12-1960 Dateline Delaware.pdf PDF icon article 6-3-63.pdf PDF icon NTA 8-65.pdf PDF icon halls of india.pdf PDF icon article berlin ontario 5-89.pdf PDF icon article 2-95.pdf PDF icon modern christmas seals 1995.pdf PDF icon federated womens club article.pdf
  7. Dick Green's Catalog Published as a Series

    Green's Catalog of Tuberculosis Seals of the World was completed in 1930, and between 1935 and 1937 was published as a series in The Western Stamp Collector, a stamp collecting weekly. The same electrotype images, supplied by the National Tuberculosis Association, were used in 1935 to illustrate the "Christmas Seal" section of The Scott Specialized Catalogue. It was a simpler time. The NTA encouraged hobbyists, and knew that cataloging Christmas Seals was good publicity, and recognized that every collection was a testament to their important work.

  8. Early Autographed Christmas Seal Sheets

    1930 NTA Letter listing 19 different Autographed Sheets Andrew Mellon Claudette Colbert Gene Tunney Giulio Gatti-Casazza Gloria Swanson Harold McCormick Jane Cowal Jimmy Walker Mary Pickford Ronald Colman Will Rogers William Tilden 1930 Babe Ruth autographed Christmas Seal sheet

    1930 was not the first year that the National Tuberculosis Association called upon dignitaries to create sought after collectibles, but it may have been the largest list of celebrities ever used in a single year. *thirteen of the ninteen different illustrated here, are from the collection of John Denune, Sr. The Babe Ruth was discovered 10-28-2022 stuck in the middle of some imperforate 1930 sheets. The seal collector cared more for the printer's mark block, which has been removed.

    *Claudette Colbert

    * Andrew Mellon, Secretary of State

    *Gloria Swanson

    * Ronald Colman, Movie Actor

    * Gene Tunney, World Heavyweight Boxer

    * William "Bill" Tilden, Tennis Champion

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Governor of New York

    Amos an' Andy, Radio Celebrities

    Bobby Jones, Golf Champion

    Admiral Richard Byrd, Antarctic Explorer

    *Babe Ruth, Baseball Legend

    * Guilio Gatte-Casazza, Impresario

    Helen Wills Moody, Tennis Champion

    * Mary Pickford, Movie Actress

    * Jane Cowl, Stage and Movie Actress

    *Jimmy Walker, Mayor NYC

    * Harold McCormick, Businessman

    Al Smith, 4 time Governor of New York

    * Will Rogers, Political Humorist

    Maurice Chevalier, Singer, Stage and Movie Actor

  9. The First Christmas Seal Listing in Scott's Specialized Catalogue

    Scott Monthly - May 1932, page 1 Scott Monthly - May 1932, page 2

    Scott's Specialized is the Bible of US Postage Stamp collecting. In 1935, with the help of CS&CSS members including, Dorsey F. Wheless, and W. L. Kinkead, first president of our club, Christmas Seal were added to The Scott Specialized Catalogue of US Postage Stamps. Check Lists of US National Christmas Seals first appeared in Scott's Monthly Journal, May, 1928.

    PDF icon Scott Specialized 1935 Christmas Seal Section.pdf