December 8

julemaerke 2008

The Danish Christmas seal.  

In 1903 a postal clerk – later postmaster – named Einar Holbøll came up with a great idea. Since so much mail was being sent at Christmas time anyway, why not collect money to help sick children by adding an extra charitable stamp to envelopes containing Christmas greetings? A year later the world’s first Christmas Seal was launched and for over 100 years it has provided the financial basis for the establishment and operation of the Christmas Seal Houses. The price for a Christmas Seal in 1904 was DKK 0.02 per seal.

2 comments so far

  1. Anjeanette on

    I love all your information on Danish traditions and stuff. This is so fun for me to read!!

    Thanks so much. I look forward to reading what new thing you have.

  2. deirdrea on

    What a wonderful idea — and what gorgeous stamps! I wish we had them here…..

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