TB Health clowns worked during the Golden Era of child TB education in America; the late teen's thru early twenties. Proper care was extending the lives of the afflicted, but a real cure wouldn't come until after WW2. Note the similar TB Clown names with distinct spelling difference; Chew Chew in Minnesota, and Cho Cho who was affiliated with The Child Health Organization of America, NY, NY. Their "Rules for the Game" include cleanliness, excercise, fresh air, a good diet, and a daily morning bowel movement.
1924 Original Christmas Seal Art
After nearly 100 years, this original US Christmas Seal art has come to light. George Vaughn Curtis designed four Christmas Seals; 1921, 1924, 1926, and 1929. Also included in the illustration are 2 essays, or proposed but rejected designs for 1924, and 1929. The 1924 essay is known as the Scalloped Cape, and the 1929 essay is known as the Yellow Jacket.
With an international reputation as a painter, Curtis works appear in galleries in America and abroad. The National Tuberculosis Association employed many fine artists in the development of their Christmas Seals, but none collaborated for more years than Curtis.
Family historian, Mark Hildebrand, great grandson of the artist's wife, is researching how Curtis became involved working for the NTA. Curtis' nephew Basil Eaves, as well as Basil's father George were deeply involved in the crusade against tuberculosis in Alabama. These men may have sought Curtis' help in designing Christmas Seals for the National Tuberculosis Association.
Remembering Kristy Koala
In what appeared to be an attempt to re-create the success of the Cabbage Patch doll, the American Lung Association in 1985 created Kristy Koala, a stuffed toy manufactured by Emotions, a division of the Mattel Toy Company, Inc. Of course, we collectors can't be sure which came first, the Christmas Seal featuring the toy, or the toy that appeared on the Christmas Seals. Either way, Kristy may be the first and only Christmas Seal stuffed toy, and first appeared on Greens #1985 T12 design experiment. Design experiment Christmas Seals first appeared in 1979, and since 1981, almost without exception our Nationally used Christmas Seal was selected from a previous year design experiment, with one notable difference being the date. the 1986 National Christmas Seal was selected from that 1985 T12 design experiment and Kristy Koala was also was featured on the 1986 Silver foil, 1986 Spanish, and 1986 T4 design experiment. Collectors only became aware of the 1985 T12 design experiment after the other design experiments were released that year, and is a scarce item indeed. Kristy, the plush toy was available for a $25 donation through the ALA. I happened upon some in clearance at the J C Penny outlet in Columbus Ohio in the late 1980's, and recognized them as the treasure they are.
Christmas Seal Group on Facebook
Created July 30th, 2017 they are now 383 members strong. CS&CSS member Brian McInturff is the creator and Admin since its inception. A private Facebook group, so you must apply for membership. An incredible resource of images and information, with many collectors ready to answer your Christmas Seal questions. I feel like I have dropped the ball, and should have known about this group and reported on it much earlier.
For the discussion of all types of Christmas Seals. Locals, U.S., Foreign, Private, and Red Cross. Not only the seals but anything from paraphernalia to ephemera including posters, displays, pins, toys, flyers, etc.
Hoping to further the advancement of Christmas Seal collecting and the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society.
Merry Christmas from The CS&CSS
Download and print your own free 2021 Christmas cards featuring interesting and rare early US Christmas Seals.
Print page one only, turn the page 180 degrees; then print page 2. Finally, fold the 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper horizontally, then vertically, and your card will fit in a standard small Christmas card envelope.
If you didn't get any Christmas Seal this year, try calling 1-800-LUNG-USAChristmas Card 2021.pdf
Newly Discovered Seals
The 1908 Victoria, BC appears to be a very early and exceedingly rare Canadian Local TB. The 1912 Bay City Civic League, US local TB Christmas Seal, is also unlisted.
Bay City is included in an early list of institutions, Associations & Agencies Dealing with TB in the US & Canada - published by The Nat Assn for the Study & Prevention of TB; as follows: BAY CITY Civic League Free Dispensary, 609 Fífth Avenue (1908) : Hours: — Daily from 4.30 to 5.30 P. M. Physician in Charge:— Dr. F. E. Ruggles, Chairman oí Medical Staff.
This information supplied by Brian McInturff.
US Local TB Original Artwork
Waukesha County Council for Child Welfare Sussex, WI. issued charitable US Local TB Seals from 1943 through 1962, Green's numbers 3302-3321. This unique collection of original artwork is oversized, most measuring 8x10", and is from the collection of John Denune, by way of Charles Lorenz, who ran a collector's service for the National Tuberculosis Association.
Scott Specialized continues expanding Christmas Seal Section
The Scott Specialized Catalogue of US Postage Stamps has continued expanding the Christmas Seal section for the 7th year. This year many Christmas Seal errors were added.
The CS&CSS is very gratful for the efforts of Scott Specialized Catalogue, and our members who work with them.
Order your Scott Specialized Catalogue from the publisher, Amos Media.
Table of Contents for Back Issues of Seal News
This ongoing enormous project of our beloved Seal News Editor, and Vice President, David Teisler, is making our journal more useful. There are over six thousand pages of Seal News issued since 1931. As new issues of Seal News are released, the project is expanding, and includes, issue, page, author, date, and title of scholarly articles.Table of Contents for Back Issues 10-2021.xls
Newly Discovered, 2 Unlisted Palestine Israel TB + US Local TB Los Angeles
The Hebrew translates to the LEAGUE FOR THE WAR ON TUBERCULOSIS IN ISRAEL. NESS-ZIONA (the town). Reported by member Ivan Krell of Australia
Unlisted US Local 1938 Window Card (aprox 7" square) Los Angeles Sanatorium, a non sectarian Jewish hospital. From the collection of John Denune.