1904-1915            1916-1926            1927-1939            1940-1950

These four pages, covering the first 46 years of the Danish Christmas Seal, will show you singles of each and everyone of these.  All seals are printed in sheets of 50.  The subsequent years 1951 >> until today, have each their own page.  Please use the navigation in the menu for these issues. 

Until 1935 the Christmas Seals were published each year around 1st December, and from 1936 already mid-November.  However, it was the expressed wish of the then Danish Christmas Seal Committee, that the seals should be available for overseas Christmas correspondence.  Because of the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, and the subsequent censoring of the mail, such correspondence had to leave much earlier than in previous years. The 1939-seal was therefore published already on 4th November 1939.  

Nobody knows for sure the exact dates of issuance for the early issues; I have quoted them in the measure they are known.  The Christmas Seal Foundation has informed me that as of 1956 the Christmas Seal is always published on the first Tuesday of November. 

The lady appearing on the first Danish Christmas Seal, issued in 1904, was the late Queen Louise (1817-1898), spouse of King Christian IX, (who appears on the 1906-seal.  The original intention was to use a portrait drawing of the queen, but the king ordered it be an official photograph, not a drawing.  

The 1904-seal exists in two varieties; with regular perforation as shown here, and with serrated perforation.

The 1904-seal was first published on 10th December 1904, although some claim that is was available to the public already on 6th December 1904.  The total print run was 6,000,000.


Except for 1905, the first years' issues were largely dominated by portraits of the Royal Family.  Queen Louise had passed away already in 1898, and the Committee for issuing these seals wanted to honour her work and commitment for the social outcasts.  Her spouse, King Christian IX, passed away in 1906, and it was therefore natural to honour him on that year's issue.  

The next Danish king, Frederik VIII (whose spouse's name was also Louise), had only six years of government when he passed away in 1912, leaving the Danish throne to his son, king Christian X and his spouse, queen Alexandrine.  The latter couple appeared on the 1912-seal.

In my collections I have found this charming hand coloured Christmas card from 1904, showing a view of Copenhagen at that period.  The official name of the church is "Frederik's Church", but in the broad public always referred to as "The Marble Church", because most of its interior is made of marble.  There is also a Whispering Gallery inside.  It has the third largest dome in Europe, after St. Peter's in Rome, and St. Paul's in London, and is situated in the very heart of Copenhagen, close to the waterfront.  The dome's cupola is covered with gold ornaments, and is visible from nearly everywhere in town.  


The backside of the 1904-card is franked with Scott # 35, and has further the Christmas Seal 1904 on it.  It was cancelled in Copenhagen on 23rd December 1904, and delivered to an address in Kgs. Lyngby, a northern suburb of Copenhagen.  At that time a one-day journey from Copenhagen -- now within reach in 18 minutes by the metro ! 


The card to the right has the Christmas Seal 1905 on it in the lower left corner.  This will give you an idea of how small this seal is in relation to the other seals from later years.  The front of the card shows the Assembly Room of Copenhagen City Hall.  

The card is sent from Copenhagen on 24th December 1905 and delivered to an address in Sundsvall, Sweden.  It is franked with Scott #70. 

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Published 1999. Revised  08 okt 2004 
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