The 1934 Korean Christmas Seal


The Korean Christmas Seals had grown in popularity in 1933, and raised more funds to fight tuberculosis, and so Dr. Hall’s United Christmas Seal Committee of Korea decided to continue with the 1934 seals. In this 1934 program, there was only one type of the single seal; however, there were four different sheet sizes, eight varieties of postcards, and a new variety, called “fold cards”. 

A Mother Carrying a Baby Plus Postcards and “Fold Cards”
In the previous two years, the seals had been designed by Dr. Hall and the YMCA staff, with the 1933 seal based on a USA 1932 Christmas/TB seal. The 1934 seal was designed by Elizabeth Keith. She was an artist who loved Asian art, especially Korean art. She would also later design the 1936 and 1940 seals. The late Lura McLane Smith, an early KSS member, knew Elizabeth Keith personally and watched her do woodblock printing artwork in Korea. In the May 1 issue of Korean Philately, 1960 Volume IX, No. 1, Smith gives a short background of most of the artists that designed the Korean Christmas seals.

Figure 1: the 1934 seal.

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