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    American Red Cross: Large Framed Collection of United States Christmas Seals, 1907-1941. 29.5" x 53.5". This wonderful display has blocks of Christmas Seals from each year, starting with the original 1907 Christmas Seal stamp to the stamps for 1941, when the display was framed. Also included in the framed display are variation and proofs of several issues. This magnificent collection hung in the offices of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

    The first United States Christmas Seals were printed by Ms. Emily Bissell when her cousin asked for her help in raising $300 necessary to keep a tuberculosis sanatorium in operation through the winter. Bissell got the idea for a sale of Christmas Seals from an article that referred to a successful sale of Christmas seals in 1904 in Denmark that raised $20,000 in the fight against TB. Bissell borrowed money from friends to print the first 50,000 Seals, got permission from the Wilmington postmaster to sell them in the post office lobby, and sold the first Christmas Seal on December 7, 1907. On her first day, Bissell raised $25. But when sales tapered off during the next several days, she realized that she was no longer on pace to reach her goal of $300. Desperate, she jumped on the train to Philadelphia, where she hoped to find a voice for her cause in The North American, one of the city's most popular newspapers. The newspaper ran articles under the heading, "Stamp Out Tuberculosis." Her Seals sold so quickly that she had to order another 250,000. The Philadelphia campaign caught the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt, who enthusiastically endorsed Bissell's Seals. By the end of the Christmas season, Emily Bissell had raised $3,000.

    Ms. Bissell's Christmas Seal campaign was expanded across the nation, in 1908 with the official sponsorship of the American Red Cross. In its second year, the sale of Christmas Seals raised $135,000 against tuberculosis. In 1909, the campaign produced $250,000. The American Red Cross sponsored the Christmas Seal until 1919, when the National Tuberculosis Association assumed exclusive control of the project. The emblem of the National Tuberculosis Association, the double-barred cross, appeared for the first time on a Christmas Seal in 1920. The tradition continued and grew year after year through The Great Depression, and World War II. From the Collection of the American Red Cross. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.


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