Society News

  1. 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.

  2. 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, 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

  3. Christmas Seal® Lantern Slide CD

    1939 Lantern Slide 1914 Lantern Slide 1926 Lantern Slide Lantern Slide

    I just finished making a CD using the reference collection of John Denune, Sr. containing 109 different lantern slides The CD is available for $8.95 + $2 S&H. Most lantern slides were issued each year, and are pictured in the annual sales folder since the beginning of sales folders in the 1920’s. Some have NTA publicity images, mostly from the late 20’s and early 30’s, such as NTA Publicity #204 issued in 1927. There is also a set of 16 slide show ones, which would have been done at the same time. These may have been a predecessor of the modern 35mm slide shows made by the lung association into the 1970's. It is interesting that the slide show lantern slides, made from electrotype proofs, are the same images of the Christmas Seal still used in Scott’s Catalog.

  4. Plan Ahead to attend the next gathering of the CS&CSS Summer 2011

    2011 Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society Souvenir Card

    August 11-14 2011, APS STAMPSHOW, Columbus Convention Center, Columbus. Contact Dana Guyer,; 814-933-3803 ext 217; Fax 814-933-6128.

    The CS&CSS will have a society booth with an educational display and society literature. We will also be giving awards to Christmas Seal exhibits, so submit your collections for competitive display to this show.

    Columbus, connected by high speed freeway, is only 35 miles west of Granville, and John Denune is planning a CS&CSS picnic on Saturday evening after that day of the show.

  5. Medicine through Philately, Spanish TB Seals

    Spanish TB Spain TB Sheet

    by Dr. Manuel J. Casal, see review below, 5-2010. My review was used as the Prologue.

    The finished English edition is 151 pages in full color.

    New (January 2018) Ordering Instructions: PAYMENT CONDITIONS AND SHIPPING INFORMATION

    Price………………………………………………………………………………………………20 Euros or 30 US Dollars

    Postage and Handing……………………………………………………………………. 12 Euros or 15 US Dollars

    Payment Methods : (Total amount = Price plus Postage and Handing )

    Mailed Payment in bank notes in registered letter to :

    Maria Asuncion Garcia Franquesa

    Sociedad Cientifica Anadaluza

    Vallellano 13

    14004 Cordoba


    Or : Bank Transfer. Bank Account in Spain. BBVA to :Maria Asuncion Garcia Franquesa

    cc nº : 0182 2104 42 0201526573

    IBAN: ES14 0182 2104 4202 0152 6573


    Or : Check payable a Spanish Bank , to :Maria Asuncion Garcia Franquesa

  6. National Wildlife Federation & Christmas Stamps, Specialists Handbook, by Ira Cotton

    #1 National Wildlife Federation

    National Wildlife Federation & Christmas stamps were issued from 1956 through 2000 to promote wildlife conservation and to raise funds for the charity. These stamps are interesting because of their colorful designs by leading wildlife artists and because of the many varieties in the sheets. Over 80 Christmas sheets and booklets are all illustrated in full color (headers and top row for sheets) and varieties are described in detail. Lists are provided for all sheets and booklets, over 400 stamps, artists, and stamp subjects.

    Philatelists, conservationists, wildlife topical collectors, cinderella collectors, and anyone who loves Christmas should find this handbook appealing. The handbook is available in saddle-stitched and spiral bindings. Available form the publisher,

  7. Review of pre publication, Medicine through Philately, Spanish TB Seals

    Spanish TB Seal Sheet

    Review of pre publication, Medicine through Philately, Spanish TB Seals

    Medicine through Philately, Spanish TB Seals, by Professor Manuel Casal is more than a catalog of anti tuberculosis seals of Spain. An original classification system is used, and the seals are arranged chronologically by type. Included is the history of the double barred cross and double crescent as a symbol in the fight against TB, as well as the current status of TB in the world, and in Spain, as only a microbiologist could. Professor Casal is the director of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cordoba.

    Collectors have often asked me what I knew about a particular issue, and I have been embarrassed by the lack of available information. Catalogs of TB seals generally list the name of the issuing society, the date and place of the issue. Dr. Casal has looked far and wide into the people and events surrounding these issues, making his book the definitive source for information on the subject. If it were not for Dr. Casal’s diligent efforts, much of this early rich history of Spanish TB seals would have been lost. Because of his research, this book stands out from other similar efforts, and sets a new standard for future TB seal catalogs.

    No small effort has gone into acquiring the illustrations, which are better than any other catalog of Spanish TB seals. Rare seals, almost never offered in the market are for the first time available clear and in color. Few countries in the world have a TB seal catalog as nice as this one. As editor of a similar work on US TB seals, I know this is a labor of love. I am proud to know the professor, and am delighted to see his work completed.


    John Denune, past president Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society,

    American Philatelic Society affiliate #101

  8. New Canadian Specialized TB Seal Catalog

    1961 Canadian TB Sheet 1966 Canadian TB Sheet 1969 Canadian TB Imperforate Sheet

    The National Christmas Seals of Canada, 1927-2008 by Cliff Beattie, Andrew Chung FRPSC, and Robert D. Vogel. This 119 page comb bound first edition is a specialized catalog and contains the best information on the subject.

    Order from Andrew Chung, P.O.Box 89111, Westdale RPO, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4R5 The full color edition is $79.95 or black and white for $29.95 + shipping of $4 within Canada, $8 to USA, or $16 elsewhere.