Danish Home Christmas Seals

CROTON

For more than 60 years the Danish Home in Croton has been issuing what most people would think of as Christmas seals—stamp-like labels placed on mail during the Christmas season to raise funds and awareness for charitable programs.1 The American Lung Association has become so well-known for its Christmas seals that they’ve trademarked the term, but that doesn’t prevent other organizations from creating these beautiful, poster-like images. Click the stamps to enlarge them.

You can see a larger selection of seals from the Danish Home on the organization’s website.


  1. Stamp collectors refer to Christmas seals as “Cinderellas” the term for anything resembling apostage stamp but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration. ↩︎

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