Society News

  1. The Article That Inspired Emily Bissell

    The Christmas Stamp, by Jacob A. Riis, July 6 1907 Outlook Magazine, page 1 The Christmas Stamp, by Jacob A. Riis, July 6 1907 Outlook Magazine, page 2 The Christmas Stamp, by Jacob A. Riis, July 6 1907 Outlook Magazine, page 3 The Christmas Stamp, by Jacob A. Riis, July 6 1907 Outlook Magazine, page 4 1904 Danish Christmas Seal Tied On Cover

    This article, The Christmas Stamp, was published in the 6 July 1907 issue of The Outlook. It was written by Danish born muckraker journalist and social worker, whom President Teddy Roosevelt called a great American, Jacob A. Riis. Right after reading this article, Emily P. Bissell was inspired to create the first US Christmas Seal. Riis had six brothers die of tuberculosis, and suggests a Christmas time penny TB seal campaign, similar to what was so successful in Denmark since 1904, be used in the US for education and prevention of the disease.

  2. Some Old Christmas Seal Publicity Photos

    Publicity photo of Einar Holboll, the father of The Christmas Seal 1915 Red Cross Christmas Seal Campaign 1931 publicity photo of Vanderbilt coach used on Christmas Seal 1933 publicity photo of Christmas Seal Album being presented to the President. Dr. Wm Charles White, Pres DC TB Assn, FDR, Dorsey Wheless, CS&CSS member who put the collection together, unknown woman, Dr. Kendall Emerson, Director of the NTA. 1933 Publicity photo of Emily P. Bissell at her desk 1935 Christmas Seal artist Ernest Hamlin Baker with model for Christmas Seal Virginia McMullen 1936 publicity photo of Leigh Mitchell Hodges, and Emily P. Bissell 1939 Publicity photo of Kendall Emerson and Emily P. Bissell 1940 publicity photo of President FDR meeting child models of the Christmas Seal December 25th 1940 Special staff meeting of the National Tuberculosis Association Merry Christmas to all Sate and Local TB Associations. November 1946 Miss Bissell's nurse, Emily P. Bissell, Leigh Mitchell Hodges, and Charles L. Newcomb 1949 publicity photo of actor Charles Coburn and Leigh Mitchell Hodges

    1) Publicity photo of Einar Holboll, the father of The Christmas Seal.
    2) 1915 Red Cross Christmas Seal Campaign.
    3) 1931 publicity photo of Vanderbilt coach used on Christmas Seal.
    4) 1933 publicity photo of Christmas Seal Album being presented to the President. Dr. Wm Charles White, Pres DC TB Assn, FDR, Dorsey Wheless, CS&CSS member who put the collection together, unknown woman, Dr. Kendall Emerson, Director of the NTA.
    5) 1933 Publicity photo of Emily P. Bissell at her desk.
    6) 1935 Christmas Seal artist Ernest Hamlin Baker with model for Christmas Seal Virginia McMullen.
    7) 1936 publicity photo of Leigh Mitchell Hodges, and Emily P. Bissell.
    8) 1939 Publicity photo of Kendall Emerson and Emily P. Bissell.
    9) 1940 publicity photo of President FDR meeting child models of the Christmas Seal.
    10) December 25th 1940 Special staff meeting of the National Tuberculosis Association Merry Christmas to all Sate and Local TB Associations.
    11) November 1946 Miss Bissell's nurse, Emily P. Bissell, Leigh Mitchell Hodges, and Charles L. Newcomb.
    12) 1949 publicity photo of actor Charles Coburn and Leigh Mitchell Hodges.

  3. CS&CSS Website Has a New Look

    Believed to be lost, or just a phantom, the 1907-2p Proof rediscovered

    Member logon for Seal News coming soon. Does anyone know the location of the 1911 type 5 vertical coil? This poor quality illustration was taken from the 1973 edition of Green's Catalog.

  4. Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society Election

    Please email nominations to replace old officers and board members whose terms are expiring. All of our officers and most of our board members will be leaving at the end of their term because of CS&CSS constitutional term limits. Wouldn't it be nice if the US Government followed our lead and extended term limits beyond the Presidency to Congress? A healthy club is always on the look out for members who want to get involved in service work. Please condiser taking this step for yourself or a friend who might just be waiting to be asked. Email an Election Committee member, Seal News Editor, David Teisler teisler@abct.org, or Secretary-Treasurer Clifford Irving 2hike@comcast.net

  5. Join the Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society

    Emily Bissell honored on 15 cent US Commeomorative Postage Stamp 1946 Christmas Seal Block with Emily Bissell Portrait

    Join the Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society at 2013 APS StampShow, Milwaukee, WI, August 8-11

    The CS&CSS will have a club table, with display and CS&CSS literature for sale. Free Christmas Seals for new members. 

    There will be a CS&CSS meeting at the show. Admission is free. Follow this link to preregister. More info to come.

  6. 1976 American Lung Association Pamphlet

    1976 American Lung Association Pamphlet, with the help of Green's Catalog, listing 76 World Wide Christmas Seal issuing countries, and crediting Denmark, as the inventor of the first "Christmas Seal" in 1904.

  7. American Lung Association releases 2011 Christmas Seal issues

    2011 ALA Christmas Seals

    The National design, as usual, one of last years design experiments with a new date; as well as 4 different new design experiments. Each of these 5 sheets was issued with a special occasion sheet with gift tags. There are also 2 different gift tag booklets, and 2 different gift tag sheets. It is likely that more varieties, particularly of the national design will turn up in the near future. The next issue of Seal News will have a report on these new issues.

  8. New Catalog/ Handbook of Mexican TB Seals

    Mexican Topical TB Seal Sheet 1967 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 1973 Mexican TB Seal Sheet Mexico 1975 TB Souvenir Sheet 1977 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 1985 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 1989 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 2000 Recalled Mexican TB Seal Sheet 2005 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 2007 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 2008 Mexican TB Seal Sheet 2009 Mexican TB Seal Sheet

    Memoria De Las Estampillas De Lucha Contra La Tuberculosis, 70 Anos 1940-2010, by Alejandro Grossmann Epper, 79 numbered pages with 36 posters illustrated on 4 unnumbered pages in the front and back of the book. 8 ½ x 11” full color, soft cover, illustrating full sheets, used seals, tied ons, and some related TB material such as an early tb bond and tb lottery tickets, loads of information, written in Spanish.

    This handbook, as Grossmann calls it, is a must have for any serious collector of Mexican TB seals. It has the look and feel of a high priced auction catalog. The color printing is outstanding; so much so, if you were not a collector it would negate the need to collect the seals. Every page is professionally laid out; the work of a graphic artist. The official Christmas Seal website of Mexico is located at, http://www.tbsealsmexico.org/english.htm and may be adding this book in the near future. In the meantime, the book is available from the author, Alejandro Grossmann Epper, for 20 dollars + 4.95 by Priority Mail, pay by Pay Pal to alejandro_grossmann@yahoo.com

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