Gems from the Memorial Museum

U.S. Christmas Seal

In 1904, the world’s first Christmas seal was issued, bearing the likeness of the Danish
Queen (Louise of Hesse-Kassel) and the word Julen (Christmas).

Jacob Riis, an IOKDS member, and Danish-born, wrote an article about the stamp:

Emily Bissell designed a stamp, borrowed $40 and had 50,000 printed in 1907. The US seals sold for a penny each. Teddy Roosevelt, good friend of Mr. Riis, endorsed the campaign and $3000 was raised to keep a tuberculosis sanatorium open.



Sue Buck, Order Historian