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Christmas Seals: 1923

Christmas Seals: 1923

President Coolidge buying Christmas seals in 1923 to benefit the Tuberculosis Association. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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My first job

I worked folding Christmas Seals back in the spring of 1967 when I was 11. I was paid a dollar a day to cover bus fare. Technically it was volunteer work, but because they paid me that dollar, I consider it my first job.

I folded the sheets of seals in quarters and put them in envelopes. Oddly enough, I don't recall anyone else working with me. I must have been the only person who volunteered. I think about it now and wonder if the entire Canadian 1967 TB Association Christmas Seals fundraiser depended on the work of an 11-year-old girl.

Silent Cal

When someone told Coolidge that he had bet a friend that he could get Coolidge to say more than two words, Coolidge replied, "You lose."

Ol' Cal...

He looks so thrilled about it all.


I believe the public's nickname for him was "Silent Cal".

Presidents have changed mightily in the talking department over the years.

Old Mr. Excitement!

When Dorothy Parker was told Coolidge was dead, she replied: "How could they tell?"

Vintage Christmas Seals

Although I don't have the 1923 Christmas Seals, check my blog to see Vintage Christmas Seals from 1926 to 1961.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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