1904-1915 1916-1926 1927-1939 1940-1950
1916. Mother and Child on the background of the shining sun. The sun symbolizes light and hope during a dark time in WW1. Artist: Sigurd Olrik. Print: Alfred Jacogsens Etablissement. Print run: 9 mill.
1917. Angels Ringing the Bells for Christmas, symbolizing the Annunciation. Artist: Anna E. Munch. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 10 mill.
1918. Angels Blowing their Horns for Christmas. The demi-circle with the wavy lines symbolizes the seas surrounding Denmark. Artist: Poul Corona. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 10,5 mill.
1919. Flying the National Flag "Dannebrog" at the occasion of the Southern Part of Jutland being reunited with Denmark. Artist: Anna E. Munch. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 16 mill.
|Danish Christmas Seals
often reflect our local history. 1919 was the first year
in freedom after World War I, and it was therefore natural to
fly the Danish national Flag "Dannebrog" on the
annual Christmas Seal.
The card is franked with Scott # 65 and is cancelled in Ejby -- a small village on the island of Funen -- and delivered to an address in Horsens, Jutland, only about 25 miles away across the Little Belt.
1920. The Golden Horn (Mythological Item) is handed over to Denmark. The two golden horns were either drinking or votive horns from Early Germanic Iron Age (400-800 A.D.), found in Jutland. The largest (c. 90 cm) was found in 1639, and the shorter in 1734 at Gallehus, close to Tondern. The horns, of solid gold, were stolen in 1802 from the National Treasury and never retrieved. Copies are kept in the Danish National Museum. Legend has it, that if a third horn is ever found, the estate of Schackenborg (located close to Tondern in Southern Jutland), will burn down. Artist: Anna E. Munch. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 16 mill.
1921. Greenlandic Woman in national costume, surrounded by the Greenlandic and Danish National Coat of Arms. Artist: Harald Moltke. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 14 mill.
1922. The Training Ship "Copenhagen". Artist: Christian Mølsted. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 14 mill.
1923. Boat from the Faeroe Islands, surrounded by the Danish and Faeroese Coat of Arms, the latter dating from the 14th century. Artist: Mogens Ege. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. First published 1st December 1923. Print run: 12 mill.
Denmark has always been a nation of see farers, which is reflected on the 1922-seal showing the training ship "Copenhagen".
The card is franked with Scott # 99, and is slightly overfranked, since the normal domestic rate for that time was only 15 ore.
It is cancelled on 23rd December 1922 and sent from Brande, a small town in the heart of Jutland, and delivered to an address in the northern part of Jutland, north of the Limfjord.
1924. Post Carriers, at the occasion of the Danish Post Office's 300th anniversary. The large carrier may represent "the stamp", and the smaller carrier the "Christmas Seal. Artist: Rasmus Christiansen. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 12 mill.
1925. Winter Landscape. Artist: Erick Stuckmann. Print by Alfred Jacobsens Etablissement. Print run: 14 mill.
1926. Child and Dolphin. This Christmas Seal is one of the most criticized, ever. The artist, Valdemar Andersen, was one of his time's leading artists within illustration. The motif has nothing to do with Christmas, but seems to be a surrealistic image, transformed into Christmas Seal-format. However, it must be borne in mind, that this and similar motifs were mighty popular for the time, first introduced by the Dutch artist Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, and from him spread throughout Europe. Print by Christian Cato. Print run: 14 mill.
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|Published 1999. Revised 13 nov 2005
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