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.
1905. Children at a Well. Please note that the 1905-seal is only about half size of the other seals, and by far the smallest of them all. First published 1st December 1905. Print run: 5 mill. Artist: H. Westergaard. Layout and print: Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1906. King Christian IX. First published 3rd December 1906. Print run: 5 mill. Photograph by J. Petersen & Son, Copenhagen. Layout and print: Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1907. King Frederik VIII and Queen Louise. Exact date of first publication unknown. Print run: 5 mill. Photographer unknown. Layout and print: Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
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 !
1908. The Christmas Seal Foundation's Recreational Home in Kolding, Denmark. Print run: 5 mill. The recreational home was built for the proceeds of the sales from the first 6 years' Christmas Seals, and was inaugurated in 1911, and at the same time handed over to the National Association for Fighting Tuberculosis. Photographer unknown. Layout and print: Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1909. Face of a child. Print run: 5 mill. The child on the photograph as well as the photographer is unknown. Layout and print: Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1910. Face of a child. Print run: 7,5 mill. Details as for 1909.
1911. Face of a child. First published 1st December 1911. Print run: 7,5 mill. Details as for 1909 and 1910.
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.
1912. King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine. Print run: 8 mill. The royal monograms CR stand for Christian Rex, and AR for Alexandrine Regina, whom the king married already in 1898. Unknown photographer. Layout Valdermar Andersen. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1913. Christmas Angel and Pixie. Print run: 8,5 mill. Layout by Pacht. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1914. Child and Doves. Print run: 8,5 mill. Artist and layout: Valdemark Andersen. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1915. Little Girl. Print run: 8,5 mill. Child and photographer unknown. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement.
1904-1915 1916-1926 1927-1939 1940-1950
|Published 1999. Revised 08 okt 2004
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