I remember the Lung Association would send a sheet of Christmas seals to our house every year as part of their holiday fundraising campaign. This set came through in 2000 and shockingly I’ve held onto them and not used a single one until this year when I put the “Free Hospital for Consumptives” on an envelope bound for my friend Mary’s house. It was fitting. The design of the original seal dates back to 1914, the stamp on the same envelope depicted soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canada (dating back to 1862), and inside I talk of Great Uncle Charlie and his letters written from France during the Great War.

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