WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7: HELPING OTHERS
Profile America — Tuesday, December 7th. This is the 103rd year Christmas Seals have been sold. The first went on sale in 1907 at a table in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office for a penny apiece. The idea to sell special stamps to put on Christmas mailings, with the profits to go to help in the fight against tuberculosis was that of Emily Bissell. The goal was $300, and 10 times that amount were sold. The next year, sales reached $135,000. From then on, Christmas seal have been sold nationwide. Today, these special stamps are sold by the American Lung Association — one of the charities to which Americans contribute more than $180 billion a year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 572
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau