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  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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 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 12-17-07 The Optimist.pdf PDF icon 1908 The Christmas Stamp in America, The Outlook, Priscilla Leonard (Emily Bissell).pdf PDF icon The Christmas Seals, Jacobs Dec. 1912.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
  4. 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.

  5. 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 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. *Twelve of the ninteen different illustrated here, are from the collection of John Denune, Sr.

    * Andrew Mellon, Secretary of State

    * 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

    Mayor Walber?

    * Harold McCormick, Businessman

    Al Smith, 4 time Governor of New York

    * Will Rogers, Political Humorist

    Maurice Chevalier, Singer, Stage and Movie Actor

  6. 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
  7. FREE Christmas Seal Album Downloads

    Christmas Seals

    Advanced Beginner Christmas Seal Album

    43 pages, provides spaces, as required, for singles, pairs, blocks, slogan and portrait blocks, booklet panes of 1918, 1930, 1931, 1939, the 1938 deluxe pane, and full sheets from 1907 through 2012. Spaces for both types of 1907 seals are provided.

    Comprehensive Christmas Seal Album

    170 page specialized album providing spaces for type and perf varieties for singles, pairs, blocks and sheets (as required) 1907 through 2009. Also included are spaces for slogan blocks, portrait blocks, booklet panes, specimen overprints, some perforated proofs and essays, local overprints, US lookalikes from Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Ryukyu, Nicaragua, modern Spanish text, silver foil, etc.

    Progressive Color Proofs & Imperforates Christmas Seal Album

    177+ pages, provides spaces, as required, for PCP's from 1927 thru 1994 (last year issued). PCP's usually contain 7 stages and show colors separately and in combination, leading up to the complete design. This album also provides spaces for imperforate pairs, blocks, and sheets, as required, from 1917 thru 1995

    Canadian National Tuberculosis Seal Album

    51 pages, 1927 thru 2001, provides spaces, as required, for singles, pairs, blocks, and sheets, as well as French and English text, slogan blocks, and booklet panes. 

    Other Free Christmas Seal Albums were created by Joe Ward, and published in Seal News, as follows: January 2000 US Local TB Louisiana, Summer 2003 Sister Kenny, October 2003 US Local TB Federated Women's Club, Summer 2004 US Local TB Butler County, Summer 2005 Boystown. Join the CS&CSS and access every issue of Seal News at this website.

    PDF icon full.sheet_.pages_.pdf PDF icon Blank 'Christmas Seals' Album Page.pdf PDF icon new album 2018 (3).pdf PDF icon Advanced Beginner Album, part 2.pdf PDF icon comprehensive christmas seal album 2014.pdf PDF icon full.sheet_.pages_.pdf PDF icon PCP cover and full sheet pages.pdf PDF icon pcp album.pdf PDF icon imperf album.pdf PDF icon Canadian Album.pdf PDF icon Canadian full sheet album pages.pdf
  8. 2015 Scott Specialized Catalogue Updates Christmas Seal Section

    1908 type 2 Tied On 1909 Tied On 1910 Tied On 1911 type 1 Tied On 1912 Tied On 1913 type 3 Tied On 1914 Tied On 1915 Tied On 1916 Tied On 1917 Tied On 1919 Tied On 1927 Tied On

    The Scott Specialized Catalogue is the Bible of US postage stamp collecting, and through the help of CS&CSS member Dorsey Wheless, Christmas Seals were added in 1935. I'm happy to report that John Denune Sr, and Jr are listed in the 2015 edition as individuals who have assisted in preparing the information for the Christmas Seal section. 

    Current Scott Catalogue Editor, James E. Kloetzel met the Denune's at the CS&CSS booth at APS StampShow 2013 in Milwaukee. The Denune's had contacted Scott's Catalogue about proposed changes to the Christmas Seal Section in 1982 without result so, 31 years later, this came as quite a surprize. The Editor wanted to include some earliest known useages, early errors, and to make sense out of the 1918 booklet pane varieties. Earliest known useages (EKU) of seals tied on cover (or postcard) are included thru 1935. George Painter, editor of the Tied On section of Green's Catalog provided the EKU's and is in charge of the CS&CSS ongoing census of Tied On Christmas Seals. His name should be in Scotts Catalogue too.

    The Denune's wanted to correct the false statement at the end of the section, Beginning in 1979 there was no longer a single National issue..., which now reads,

    "Beginning in 1979 there was more than one Christmas Seal issued each year. However collectors familar with these seals easily recognized the national issues from the design experiments. These test seals were used regionally or in targeted markets. With few exceptions, a previous year design experiment has been selected for the following year's national issue with one notable difference being the date. Starting in 1983 Spanish text Christmas Seals have been used in Spanish speaking parts of the US. In 1988 Christmas Seals branched out into Easter or Spring issues, Chanukah issues in 1997, and Kwanzaa issues in 2001."

    The Denune's plan to continue to work with the Editor, correcting and adding EKU's, and hope to add errors, tied ons, 1908-1A/ 1B varieties, 1911 type 4 & 5, 1913 type 2A/ 2B varieties, 1913 type 4, and wish to see the section expand someday to include Christmas Seals issued since 1979.

  9. 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.