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Danish Christmas seals

December 3, 2014

Danish Christmas seals

The traditionel Danish Christmas seals are designed by a new artist every year. This year by designer Jakob Kühnel.

Text from Wikipedia: “At the beginning of the 1900s tuberculosis was a greatly feared disease, and its harmful effects on children seemed particularly cruel. In 1903, Einar Holbøll, a Danish postal clerk developed the idea of adding an extra charitable stamp on mailed holiday greetings during Christmas. The money raised could be used to help children sick with tuberculosis. The plan was approved by the Postmaster and the King of Denmark.

In 1904 the world’s first Christmas seal was issued, bearing the likeness of the Danish Queen and the word Julen (Christmas). Over 4 million were sold in the first year at DKK 0.02 per seal.”

LINKS:

Wikipedia about Christmas seals

Video from the presentation (by crown princess Mary)

History (in Danish)

List of Christmas seals with photos

 

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