Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen in Nesbyen
established TUBFRIM in 1928. The aim was to collect and sell used stamps and use the
proceeds to aid the eradication of tuberculosis among Norwegian children. The first profit
was made in 1929 and amounted to NOK l~500,- Profits varied in the following years from
NOK 8.000,- in 1940 to NOK 25.000,- in 1947. TUBFRIM has made good progress from then and
profits in 1970 were NOK 150.000,- growing to NOK 475.000,- in 1998.
TUBFRIM is owned by the Norwegian Health Association (Nasionalforeningen
for folkehelsen). Today the profits provide financial aid for the <<Society for
health and development of retarded children and youths>>.
Foreign stamps are also collected. Most Norwegian Embassies, Consulates,
Seamen's Churches and a great number of private persons participate in this work. Outside
of Norway, the biggest collection takes place in the United States and Canada through the
organisation Sons of Norway.
TUBFRIM also collects used telephone cards.
Used postage stamps and telephone cards are not to be thrown in the
waste basket, but are to be sent as surface mail to:
N-3540 Nesbyen, Norway
or to the nearest participating Sons of Norway lodge. You may also send
stamps and telephone cards to the Norwegian Seamen's Church in San Francisco or in San
Pedro. The material is sent to Norway by Star Shipping, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) and
other shipping companies free of charge.
We sincerely thank those of you who loyally send us stamps and telephone
cards, and we heartily welcome new collectors.