TB Seals
TB Seals
  • A proposal to introduce the TB Seal to raise funds for anti-tuberculosis work in India was first considered in 1944, but it had to be deferred for the duration of the war. Conditions in the country during the postwar days were also found unfavorable for embarking on such a new venture. The Tuberculosis Association of India adopted the proposal in October, 1950, almost half a century after Einar Holboell conceived the idea. The Government of India permitted the Association to conduct the campaign every year from 1950 onwards.
  • In India, we do not call the seal the 'Christmas Seal' as is being done in other countries, as Christmas is not the only festive occasion in our country. Other festivals like Dussera, Puja, Diwali, Id etc. are equally important and in a secular state like India emphasis on any particular festival was not considered desirable. Therefore, the Tuberculosis Association of India decided to name the Campaign, 'The TB Seal Campaign' and chose for it the season which is likely to cover some of the important festive occasions.
  • The Campaign starts on 2nd October Gandhi Jayanti Day and it terminates on another important day for the Association i.e. 23rd February, the Foundation Day of the Association. During the intervening weeks the people of India celebrate most of their important festivals. On these occasions the Association appeals to the people to remember that they have a duty towards their brethren stricken with tuberculosis and as a token of their sympathy for the cause requests them to purchase TB Seals. Now a TB Seal costs Rs. 2 only.
  • The TB Seal conveys the important message that tuberculosis is preventable and curable and that its victims can, if diagnosed early and treated properly be restored to normal life. The Campaign is inaugurated in the capital by the respected President of India and in the States by Governors/Ministers/ other dignitaries. In special messages issued on the occasion, they appeal to the people to buy TB Seals in large numbers and help fight tuberculosis in our country.
  • Upto 1956, the TB seal was being sold for one anna. In 1957 and 1958, it was sold at 5 naya paise, from 1959 to 1977 at 10 paise and from 1978 to 1982 at 20 naya paise each. In 1983 and 1984, it was sold at 25 paise and from 1985 to 1990 at 50 paise per seal. From 1991 onwards it was being sold at Rs 1 per seal. Thereafter from the 49th Campaign of 1998 the cost of TB seal has been increased to Rs 2 per seal.
  • For the last several years, the subjects of the India Seals have been varied from handicrafts, classical Indian dances, Indian flowers to wild animals, historical monuments, masks, railway engines, birds, vintage cars, brides of India act. Vigorous efforts are made to procure and select colorful and attractive designs on Universal, themes or themes that represent the traditions and culture of our great country.
  • The TB seals on colorful flowers for the 49th Seal Campaign were received. The designs for the 50th TB seal campaign have been selected on colorful Madhubani paintings of Bihar. Some such designs are very attractive and  are expected to be appreciated and well received both Nationally and Internationally.
  • Indian diplomatic missions, accredited to countries all over the world, take considerable interest in selling our TB seals and have contributed considerably to our seals funds. As a result of their sustained efforts, our seals have become quite popular in other countries and there is an increasing demand for exchange of seals. In fact it caught the fancy of collectors and now is collected by many philatelists and other lovers of such collectibles.
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1950  Peacock sitting on the steps of a temple
02 October 1950
'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1951 Mother and Child
02 October 1951
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1952 Lady doing Namaskar!
02 October 1952
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1953 Farmer and his wife
02 October 1953
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1954  A village lady churning buttermilk
02 October 1954
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1955 Toy Elephant
02 October 1955
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1956 Lady giving water to a Plant
02 October 1956
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1957 Hands of lady with lamp which ignites another lamp
02 October 1957
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1958 Lady painting a pot
02 October 1958
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1959 Lady playing Veena
02 October 1959
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1960 Mother duck feeding a baby duck
02 October 1960
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India
1961 Rajasthani folk toy of horseman made with colorful cloath
02 October 1961
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'Help Fight TB' in English and Hindi with Logo - Tuberculosis Association of India

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