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History and information.

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 1.500,-. Profits varied in the following years from NOK 8.000,- in 1940 to NOK 25.000,- in 1947. TUBFRIM has made good progress since from then and profits in 1970 were NOK 150.000,- growing to NOK 650.000,- in 2020.

TUBFRIM has from the start in 1928 donated over 25 million NOK to charity  

TUBFRIM is owned by the Norwegian Health Association (Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen). Today the profits are used to help children and youth with disabilities, and children and youth with handicaps in Norway, and to finance the efforts to eradicate tuberculosis.

Used postage stamps and telephone cards are not to be thrown in the waste basket, but should be sent to:
Box 1, NO-3541 Nesbyen, Norway

We sincerely thank those of you who loyally send us stamps and telephone cards, and we heartily welcome new collectors.


How to help us.

Send your used stamps and phonecards to TUBFRIM, Box 1, NO-3541 Nesbyen, Norway.

Please, never throw away canceled stamps and phonecards. Stamps and phonecards from any country in the world can be used.

Just cut or tear the stamps off the envelopes, leaving a slight margin (approx. 1/2 inch) to keep the perforation intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) are worthless and are to be thrown away. (Damaged phonecards are also to be thrown away.)

We are also happy to receive stamp collections, old envelopes, covers and postcards. If envelopes, postcards etc. are more than 50 years old, then please do not cut off the stamp, but send us the whole envelope/postcard!

Save used stamps and phonecards for:


All type of stamps and phonecards are received with thanks.
We give them a "new" value.


Participate in our work. 

Most Norwegian Embassies, Consulates, Seamen's Churches and many private persons and groups participate in the TUBFRIM program. Outside of Norway, the greatest collection takes place in the United States through the organization Sons of Norway.

Used postage stamps and phonecards may be sent as surface mail directly to:

Box 1, NO-3541 Nesbyen, Norway

In USA you may also send stamps and telephone cards to the nearest participating Sons of Norway lodge, or to the Norwegian Seamen's Church in San Francisco or in San Pedro. The material is sent to Norway by DSV Air & Sea free of charge at very low costs.

We sincerely thank those of you who loyally send us stamps, and heartily welcome new collectors.