Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) current Publisher/Webmaster, Ivo Spanjersberg, and I are working on issuing a special edition of the Korean Philately (KP). Originally we believed we would prepare a book or ”monogram” that would just cover Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year’s seal program that occurred during the period of 1932-1940.
Dr. Hall, who was also a keen stamp collector, and was very familiar with the various TB Christmas seal programs around the world to raise awareness and funds for fighting TB. The idea of TB seals had started first in Denmark in 1904, and then spread to the USA (1907) and Canada (1908). Even though most people told Dr. Hall that these TB seals would not be popular in Korea, Dr. Hall began a sophisticated and successful marketing program for raising money to help raise awareness of TB, and for obtaining funds through this TB seal program in Korea. Collecting of the TB seals, postcards and Dr. Hall’s stationery would become very popular with Koreans and foreign collectors.