Easter Seals (1930s-1940s)

Title

Easter Seals (1930s-1940s)

Description

These stamps are examples of “seals” that were sold to benefit the Easter Seals (at the time, known as the National Society for Crippled Children) in the 1930s and 1940s. These colorful stamps allowed donors to show support and raise awareness through distribution.
 
For almost 90 years, the Easter Seals have served the needs of individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families. To date, they have helped over one million people. Their services include everything from medical rehabilitation to children’s services, and these efforts are made possible in part through fundraising campaigns.
 
The organization found its beginning in 1907, when an Ohio businessman, Edgar Allan, tragically lost his son in a streetcar accident. He recognized a lack of adequate medical care available, and took it upon himself to raise money for a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. During the process, he discovered that disabled children were, more often than not, out of the public view. This prompted him to found the National Society for Crippled Children.
 
The first fundraising campaign was launched in the spring of 1934; donors received seals to affix to letters and envelopes, thereby showing their support and raising awareness. The modern symbol of the lily (chosen for its symbolism of new life and resurrection) was incorporated in 1952. The name of the organization was changed to “Easter Seals” in 1967.
 
Today, Easter Seals receives support from government agencies, private insurers, and fee-for-service. However, they still rely heavily on public contributions. The “seals” are still sold today and are mailed to more than 19 million households each year, raising nearly $14 million.

Creator

Easter Seals

Date

1930s-1940s

Source

https://www.prestoimages.net/store30/rd3571/3571_pd123919_1.jpg

Relation

Rights

Source: About Us. (n.d.). Easter Seals. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://bit.ly/Q5IbIm.

For Further Exploration Please Visit http://www.easterseals.com

Publisher

Easter Seals

Contributor

Easter Seals

Format

Medium: Postage Stamp.

Language

English

Type

Stamps

Identifier

Easter Seals, Disabilities, Disabled, Stamps, Medical Care, Medical Rehab

Coverage

United States

Files

easterseals.jpg

Reference

Easter Seals, Easter Seals (1930s-1940s), Easter Seals, 1930s-1940s

Cite As

Easter Seals, “Easter Seals (1930s-1940s),” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed July 22, 2024, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/319.