Circa 19: Christmas Seal Stamps

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Christmas Seals began in 1907 as a creative way to support the fight against tuberculosis, by the organization that would become the American Lung Association. A designer named Emily Bissell worked to create a decorative stamp to use to seal Christmas cards or packages. The first seals, designed by Bissell herself, were sold for a penny a piece and in the first year raised $3000 that kept the local TB sanatorium from closing. Click here to learn more about the American Lung Association. Enjoy this gallery of historic Christmas Seals from 1930 - 1940.