Holy Childhood is a Catholic Fund that has issued Christmas Seals since 1915, making it one of the earliest and longest running Christmas Seal series. Their last seal was issued in 2004 and they are now selling greeting cards to raise funds for their cause. These seals were not issued to fight tuberculosis, and Holy Childhood's numerous early references to their issues as "Christmas Seals" predate by decades, the 1987 trademark held by the American Lung Association. Their first issue was used for two or three years beginning in 1915 and is a rare item indeed. The 1918 HC Christmas Seal is known tied on in 1917 and could have been used for two years. HC is listed in Mosbaugh's US All Fund Catalog, Catholic section 3, #248. The 1943 HC poster is unlisted, and measures 13 x 20 inches.
Many Charities Removed From 1st Ed. All Fund Catalog
Ray Mosbaugh's US All Fund Catalog lists US fundraising seals issued for causes other than Red Cross or TB. The first edition, 1961-3, was divided into 4 sections. 1) Domestic Funds, 2) Catholic, 3) Foreign, and 4) Jewish.
In later editions, the original Section 1, Domestic Funds was divided into 9 new sections; 1) Patriotic & Veteran, 2) Fraternal & Civic, 4) Lutheran, 6) Religious & Philosophical, 6a) American Bible Society, 8) Pets, Plants & Wildlife, 9) Medical, 9a) Easter, and 10) Miscellaneous.
The original Catholic, Section 2 became Section 3; The original Foreign Section 3, became Ethnic Section 7, and the original Jewish Section 4, became Section 5.
Many societies were removed from the original Section 1, Domestic Funds. Mosbaugh may have decided their purpose was not purely fundraising. Regardless of the use of these seals, they include many that are very interesting. It is my hope that a collector will take an interest in this and create a new catalog, something like; Forgotten Seals; Funds ? removed from 1st Ed. All Fund.
Some Societies Removed from Old All Fund, Domestic Sectionold all fund section 1, domestic funds-1.pdf
page 12 America Friends Service Committee
page 24 Aqualante
page 25 Associated Charities
page 25 Associated Councils for Social Engineering
page 30 Billy Graham Crusades
page 31 Bishops Guild
page 37 Business Recovery Association
page 38 California Pet Owners League
page 46 Chiropractic Seals
page 46-47 Citizens Service Commission
page 49 Covered Bridge Stamps
page 51 Demolay
page 53 Detroit Society for Genealogical Research
page 58 Esperanto Association of North America
page 60 Farmer Labor Party
page 60 Father Divine
page 61 Filling Station Employees Union
page 62 First Victory Campaign Fund
page 63 General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Library Fund
page 64 Girard College
page 67 Green Cross
page 68 Henry George School of Social Science
page 68 Hiram College
page 68 Honor Stamp for Distinguished Service
page 68 Hospital Seals Incorporated
page 70 Illinois State Board of Health
page 70 Illinois Motor Safety Association
page 72 Industrial Workers of the World
page 75 Int. Printing Pressmens and Assistants Union of N.A.
page 76 Juanita Burns Solo Flight Around the World
page 78 Manatee County Underprivileged Child Fund
page 79-80 Ku Klux Klan
page 80 Labor Center
page 80 La Jolla Merchants Association
page 80 Lamar Memorial
page 82 Liberty Seal Distributors
page 86 Little Wanders Aid Society
page 86 Los Angeles Safety First Association
page 92 Maccabees
page 92 March on Washington Movement, African American
page 92 Marine Rule in Nicaragua
page 93 McDonald Territory
page 94 Men and Religion
page 94 Mexico (MO) High School PTA
page 94 Miami Police Benevolent Association
page 94 Michigan Junior OUMA
page 95 Missions Publishing Fund
page 101-103 National Bureau of Fire Underwriters
page 106-107 National Fire Protection Association
page 107 National Fire Seals Fund Raising Company
page 108-109 National Hospital Day
page 109-110 National One Cent Letter Postage Association
page 111 National Rifle Association
page 111 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
page 117 National Wholesale Liquor Dealers Association
page 133 Scranton Pennsylvania Day Nursery
page 139 Tacoma Citizens Emergency Unemployment Bureau
PBS History Detectives, Scottsboro Boys Seal
PBS History Detectives Season 7, episode 11, with air date of September 7, 2009 included a story about the origin of the Scottsboro Boys fundraising seal. Issued in 1932 for the defense of 9 innocent black youth falsely accused of rape. At the time, it was the case of the century; a decades long ordeal for the accused. This seal is listed in the Miscellaneous section (10) of Mosbaugh's All Fund Catalog #850.01. The catalog states that this seal, with a 1 cent denomination, was issued by the International Labor Defense, 800 E. 11th St., NY, NY. and that 2 million were printed. History Detectives goes into a lot of detail about this Communist/ anti Fascist organization, but I wanted to include a few things they left out.
The ILD issued a second scarcer Scottsboro Boy seal with a 5 cent denomination, #850.02 in 1934, with 500,000 printed, as well as many other fundraising seal issues for other causes, also listed in section 10 #850. In January 2009 CS&CSS member John Denune Sr. was contacted by the show, and the producer asked for information. Denune loaned them a full sheet of 850.01x which is pictured briefly (at 31 min, 52 sec.) in the show. Included here, is an ILD Scottsboro Boys fundraising letter, as well as a seal tied on cover, both from the collection of John Denune, Sr.
Watch the entire episode here: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/1242407331/
Free Christmas Seal Album
Several years back, 12-24-2014, on this "News" page, I posted five different free Christmas Seal Albums in ten downloadable files. Today, the
Advanced Beginner Christmas Seal Album has been updated through Christmas 2017
44 pages, provides spaces for singles, pairs, blocks, and full sheets, as required, as well as slogan and portrait blocks, booklet panes of 1918, 1930, 1931, 1939, the 1938 deluxe pane.new album 2018.pdf Advanced Beginner Album, part 2.pdf
Stony Wold Sanatorium - New Discovery - 1912 bklt pane of 3
Stony Wold US Local TB seals are listed in Green’s Catalog, and were issued in 1912 (#3003) as a booklet pane of 6, 1913 (#3004) as booklet pane of 20, and a window label (#3005), and in 1948 (#3006) as a sheet of 50. Their use of the Double Barred Cross, the international symbol of the fight against Tuberculosis predates our National Christmas Seal by seven years. In January, 2018, while sorting an old stock, John Denune, Sr discovered unlisted booklet panes of 3 of the 1912 issue.
Located in the Adirondacks at Lake Kushaqua, NY, the hospital was founded in 1901 by Mrs. James Edward Newcomb, with the support of her husband Dr. James Newcomb, a member of the medical staff of Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Before his death in 1912, he and his wife conferred with Dr. Edward L. Trudeau, founder of Trudeau Sanatarium in Saranac Lake, NY. Dr. Trudeau suggested there was a great need for a separate institution serving tubercular girls and women.
Herself, a victim of TB, Mrs. Newcomb recovered at a Working Girls Vacation Society Camp in Santa Clara, NY, where in the late 1800’s she became interested in the welfare of undernourished girls in the city. Stony Wold was a non sectarian hospital for girls and women in the beginning stages of TB, and at the time of Mrs. Newcomb’s death in 1938, the hospital had treated approximately 4,500 patients.
From 1912 to 1915 their receipts were nearly a half a million dollars. With this, they erected a complex of buildings to care for and house over 100 patients (on average in 1915). Like the Trudeau Sanatorium, Stony Wold did not offer it's services free of charge, but there were many ways the costs were carried, including fundraising. Physicians did a complete X-Ray series for $10. The cost for residential treatment was $24.50 a week, excluding laundry.
There were four levels of Membership to support the Stony Wold Sanatorium:
1) Member $10
2) Patron $25
3) Donor $50
4) Founder $100
1920's silent film about Stony Wold Sanatorium
APS StampShow 2018, Aug 9-12, Columbus, Ohio
Join the CS&CSS for their next gathering where we will have an educational society booth, fee seals, CS&CSS literature, a display, and much much more.
StampShow 2018, co-hosted with the American Topical Association, in Columbus, Ohio marks the 132nd annual convention of the American Philatelic Society. Each year, stamp collectors, exhibitors, historians and members of the general public gather to socialize, increase philatelic knowledge, and exchange stamps. The 2018 show will feature 100+ dealers, societies, live auctions, literature and philatelic exhibits, more than 100 meetings and seminars, and first-day-of-issue ceremonies for new stamps. The show is FREE and open to the public. Join us!
Send your exhibitor applications for StampShow 2018. This show often gets oversubscribed and they have to turn down exhibits. The sooner you send them in, the better. The application and prospectus is already posted on the APS website, https://stamps.org/STAMPSHOW-SS
1904 Denmark - Tied on Rare, Cancelled Seal Not
Danish postman Einar Holboll conceived the idea of issuing a tuberculosis fundraising seal at Christmas time. TB funds exist earlier, the first, 1897 was issued in Germany for a sanatorium on Lake Grabow (Green's #291). Two old articles, below, contain loads of interesting details about Denmark's first campaign.
I have seen very few Denmark #1 1904 tied ons, and they normally reach a price over two hundred dollars at auction. The used seal, off cover is common, and I have seen over a thousand, usually with a readable date, December 1904. Mint seals are scarcer and more desirable than cancelled ones. The high value of the seal tied on is because few covers survived. In that era of collecting, the value was placed on the stamps (or seals) which were soaked off cover and tied up in bundles of 100.holboll 11-47 coronet article.pdf 1904 denmark article.pdf
Colorful advertising Poster Stamps began in the US around 1912.This class of "Cinderella" is not well cataloged and many thousands of different ones were created. Poster Stamps became less colorful, and disappeared quickly around 1939, when they were replaced by WW2 patriotic labels. The Studebaker set of 12 is a great example of product advertising. Many poster stamps were issued to promote tourism. The Aurora, IL set, also from the early period, and the New Zealand set, desirable and hard to find is from the 1930's. Events are a major class of poster stamp, and were issued for Royal visits, philatelic exhibitions, worlds fairs, and conventions. Some Poster Stamps were issued for an idea; often political, but not in the case of these created by The American Railway Association to promote "Safety". Educational, including famous people, is another class of Poster Stamp. Aviators were immortalized in this set of 16, used as a gas station premium, and would have come with a paper album to mount them.
Christmas Seal Posters
CS&CSS member, the late Joseph S. Wheeler, Jr., exhibited his Christmas Seal poster collection for many years across the country, primarily at stamp shows. His collection was educational and fun. Illustrated here are the earliest Christmas Seal posters. The "Good Health, Fight TB" with double barred cross and holly, issued between 1908 and 1910 by the Federated Women's Club, was reported by the National Tuberculosis Association to be one of the earliest TB posters.
1) The horizontal format posters were used on public transportation (buses and subway cars), and seem to have been phased out in the 40's.
2) The vertical format Christmas Seal posters with Christmas Seal designs, first issued in 1920, form a long series which came in several different sizes.
American Red Cross - 1918 China Relief
These two rare TB seals are listed in Green's Catalog of US Local Tuberculosis seals and were issued during WW1. Sold in China, as well as the US. This full page newspaper advertisement is from the North China Daily News, May 1918. Twenty-five cents was a large sum for a fundraising seal at the time, and paid for one bandage. It is unknown if the American Red Cross goal of 2,000,000 bandages ($500,000) was met, but purchasers were encouraged to use them on their mail. I came across this old newspaper when looking thru a stack of over sized items I put away 20+ years ago. The #5 seal has English text, but the #6 is in Chinese, and translates, "The aim of the American Red Cross is to relieve the wretched and wounded. The European war has produced a miserable condition..."