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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 9, 2009

THE RED CROSS CHRISTMAS STAMP

JAMA. 2009;302(22):2494. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1688

The sale of Red Cross Christmas stamps, which was so successful last year and is being repeated this year, has several admirable features. Of course, the humanitarian purpose of the enterprise—the raising of funds with which to carry on the campaign against tuberculosis—cannot fail to receive the hearty approval of physicians and laymen alike. These stamps, moreover, which invite the pennies of children and the nickels and dimes of persons with limited means, must create an interest in the work which only a sense of cooperation can give. No imposing subscription list, headed by the names of millionaires, could enlist the active sympathy of the people as can this opportunity for the youngest and the poorest to make their modest offering, secure that it will not be despised. The wide-spread use of the attractive little stamp2 with its Christmas message must in itself be an educating influence in the antituberculosis crusade. The work deserves the cordial support of all, and physicians especially must desire its success.

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