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  1. Who Modeled for Christmas Seals?

    1931 Vanderbilts in Carriage 1932 Christmas Seal Models 1935 Christmas Seal Model, Virginia McMullin 1938 Christmas Seal Models 1940 Christmas Seal Models with President FDR 1940 Christmas Seal Models on Poster Gretchen Johnson 1943 Christmas Seal Model Joan (Cahall) Turner Joan Cahall 1943 model article Gretchen Johnson 1943 Christmas Seal Model, showing caption Gretchen Johnson 1943 Christmas Seal Model, article Henry Martin Freyer with his team of oxen, Dick and Dime 1931 Christmas Seal featuring Vanderbilt Carriage Christmas Seals which Used Models

    The models on the 1932 Christmas Seal, Carol and George Volkman, were children of the artist, and the 1935 Christmas Seal model was Virginia McMullin. However, In addition to 1932 and 1935, I located original National Tuberculosis Association publicity photos of 1938 and 1940 Christmas Seal models. It is clear that more than one set of models were used in 1940. The children who modeled for the 1940 Minnesota poster are older than the ones who met President FDR, who may or may not have modeled for the artist who created the 1940 seal. It is likely that the artists who created Christmas Seals, and the publicity departments that created all the related material, such as posters, employed many live models. Some years, which illustrated more life like characters are more likely to have used them in the creation of seals. Also illustrated are some seals we know had models, or were likely to have.

    The models used in 1931 and 1947 are somewhat different because they were actual people.  The Vanderbilt carriage, and family was featured on the 1931 Christmas Seal years before Gloria, then 5,  became an international fashion designer. Henry Martin Freyer with his team of oxen, Dick and Dime are featured on the 1947 Christmas Seal; see article below. The only other specific people to appear on US Christmas Seals were pioneers in the Crusade against Tuberculosis, and they did not model.

    More Christmas Seal Models Reported by our Readers:

    1) Margaret (Peggy) Sewell was the model at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle Washington in 1935 and was 3 1/2 years old at the time. I am hoping someone has some pictures, or newspaper clippings of this.

    2) Joan (Cahall) Turner, model for the 1943 Christmas Seal, passed away in 2006. Joan and her sister Shirley spent over 6 months as tuberculosis contact patients at Sunnybrook Cottage at Brandywine Sanatorium, in the State of Delaware. In the history of Christmas Seals Brandywine is famous because Emily Bissell created the first US Christmas Seal, in large part to raise the needed funds to keep their doors open.

    3) Gretchen Johnson was a model for a 1943 Christmas Seal  poster used in Minnesota. She had recovered from TB at the Glen Lake Sanatorium, as stated in the Blooming Prairie Times, Blooming Prairie, MN.

    4) Robert Browning Nicodemus,1/5/34 – 10/27/97was a 1940 Christmas Seal model. Here’s a link to a newspaper article that mentions this.  The article mistakenly names him Robert D. Nicodemus, when his name was actually Robert B. Nicodemus – Reported by his son, Burton Nicodemus.

    5) Henry Martin Freyer with his team of oxen, Dick and Dime, pictured on the 1947 Christmas Seal. Reported by great hrandson Tim Gallaher. 

    If anyone has any information on Christmas Seal models, please email your webmaster, Any information gathered will be reported on this "News" page.

    PDF icon 1947 Great Grandad and the Christmas Seal.pdf PDF icon 1940 Christmas Seal models newspaper.pdf
  2. Holy Childhood Catholic Christmas Seals & Unlisted 1943 Poster

    Holy Childhood #1 1915 Catholic Christmas Seal Holy Childhood #1 1915 Catholic Christmas Seal Tied On 1916 Holy Childhood Christmas Seal Tied on 1917 Holy Childhood Christmas Seal Tied on, LATE USAGE? 1943 Holy Childhood Christmas Seal Poster Holy Childhood Christmas Seals 1918-27 1928-40 Holy Childhood Christmas Seals 1941-54 Holy Childhood Christmas Seals Holy Childhood Christmas Seals 1955-69

    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.

  3. Many Charities Removed From 1st Ed. All Fund Catalog

    Juanita Burns Solo Flight Tacoma Citizens Emergency Unemployment Bureau National Hospital Day Fire Prevention Seals Covered Bridge Poster Stamps Filling Station Union Day Nursery, Scranton, PA. Tied On

    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 Section
    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

    PDF icon old all fund section 1, domestic funds-1.pdf
  4. PBS History Detectives, Scottsboro Boys Seal

    1932 International Labor Defense Scottsboro Boys Fundraising Seal 1934 International Labor Defense Scottsboro Boys Fundraising Seal 1932 International Labor Defense Scottsboro Boys Fundraising Seal Tied on Cover International Labor Defense Scottsboro Boys Fundraising Letter

    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:

  5. Free Christmas Seal Album

    1907 Christmas Seal Block

    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.

    PDF icon new album 2018.pdf PDF icon Advanced Beginner Album, part 2.pdf
  6. Stony Wold Sanatorium - New Discovery - 1912 bklt pane of 3

    Stony Wold Sanatorium US Local Tuberculosis Fundraising Seals Stony Wold 1912 US Local TB, Unlisted pane of 3 Stony Wold Sanatorium Stony Wold, Our Girls Stony Wold Map Stony Wold Leaflet

    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

  7. APS StampShow 2018, Aug 9-12, Columbus, Ohio

    US Local TB #1171 new date April 1909 The Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society QR Code

    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,

  8. 1904 Denmark - Tied on Rare, Cancelled Seal Not

    1904 Danish Christmas Seal tied on front and back of cover Denmark 1904 Christmas Seal tied on very small cover 1904 Danish Christmas Seal tied on postcard Denmark 1904 Christmas Seal off cover

    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.

    PDF icon holboll 11-47 coronet article.pdf PDF icon 1904 denmark article.pdf
  9. Poster Stamps

    Poster Stamps, Studebaker Auto set of 12 Poster Stamps for tourism, Aurora, IL. Poster Stamps for tourism, New Zealand Poster Stamps - 1939 British Royal Visit to Canada Poster Stamps - Fairs & Exhibitions Poster Stamp - Train Safety Poster Stamps - late 30's gas station premium - Aviators

    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.

  10. Christmas Seal Posters

    1908-10 Federated Women's Club TB Poster 1917 Christmas Seal Poster 1918-1919 Christmas Seal Poster 1920 Christmas Seal Poster 1921 Christmas Seal Poster 1921 Christmas Seal Poster 1922 Christmas Seal Poster 1922 Christmas Seal Poster 1923 Christmas Seal Poster 1923 Christmas Seal Poster 1924 Christmas Seal Poster 1924 Christmas Seal Poster 1924 Christmas Seal Poster 1924 Christmas Seal Poster 1925 Christmas Seal Poster 1926 Christmas Seal Poster 1926 Christmas Seal Poster 1927 Christmas Seal Poster 1928 Christmas Seal Poster 1929 Christmas Seal Poster 1930 Christmas Seal Poster 1931 Christmas Seal Poster 1931 Christmas Seal Poster 1932 Christmas Seal Poster, proof 1932 Christmas Seal Poster 1933 Christmas Seal Poster 1933 Christmas Seal Poster 1934 Christmas Seal Poster 1934 Disney Christmas Seal Poster 1935 Christmas Seal Poster 1935 Christmas Seal Poster 1936 Christmas Seal Poster 1937 Christmas Seal Poster 1938 Christmas Seal Poster 1939 Christmas Seal Poster 1940 Christmas Seal Poster 1941 Christmas Seal Poster Joe Wheeler (3rd from left) with Christmas Seal poster collection on display

    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.