New articles from the Korea Stamp Society

Below are the 30 most recent postings from the Korea Stamp Society (KSS):

  • Revenue stamps published 30 years apart used on the same day
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    Recently seen on Ebay (and purchased by the well-known revenue stamp collector Joe Ross): two South Korean documents with tax stamps. In itself, both stamps and the type of document are not particularly special: both stamps were easily available at the counter in South Korea until at least 2014, and unlike many types of documents that had to be paid for with tax stamps, this is precisely the type of document that the citizen does receive and can therefore easily possess. It is in fact a piece of evidence, in this case a document that shows how often a South Korean has entered and left the country. What makes it… Read more »
  • KoreaPost: “How to ask for this in English?”
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    KoreaPost has done some forward thinking here. You must have been in this situation: you’re in a foreign country, where you can’t (properly) speak the language. Now how to ask for stamps? And that special type of post service? We might have a guidebook, but how much technical (postal) language is there in such a book? We may have an app on our phone these days, but what does using your phone (remember: data!) in another country cost? KoreaPost’s solution? If you are a Korean, simply store these photos on your phone and you are set. Funnily enough this would also work the other way around (provided you can read… Read more »
  • First-Flight Cover, Hibiscus over North Pole
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    The SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) opened a polar shortcut on February 24, 1957, flying an SAS DC-7C from Copenhagen, Denmark via Anchorage, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan. This new North Pole shortcut shortened the flying time between Denmark and Japan from 50 hours to 32 hours.  According to the SAS, “the inaugural ceremony at Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport was attended by more than 250 media representatives. Music was provided by the young bandsmen of the Tivoli Guards, who played “Over the Pole”, a tune specially written for the occasion by Danish composer O. Pedersen.” The SAS became the first airline to offer round-the-world service over the North Pole on regularly scheduled routes.… Read more »
  • Korean Stamp Album Pages
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    During the course of collecting South Korean stamps since 1983 the problem of how to store the collection is always a difficult one. Stamp album page published by various companies are the traditional method for keeping a collection for easy access and viewing. Using Showgard or comparable stamp mounts preserves the stamps well but the album solution is fraught with problems. Updates are sporadic and often full of errors. The quality of the printing, paper and captions are often very poor. Page for KPSC2535-2538After considerable thought I decided the best solution was to create my own stamp album pages. This means all the documentation can be in whatever language you… Read more »
  • Download (KSS members only): “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”
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    In 1986/1987 KSS member John J. Sauer published “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”. This 32 page publication was published according to the front-page “in lieu of the missing volumes and partial volumes of the past three years”.  Indeed the three years before 1987 had been very difficult years for the KSS. However, as in several earlier (and later) instances here too several people stepped into the void and tried to keep the KSS alive. The first noticeable result was the publication of this monograph: This content has been restricted to logged in users only. Please <a href="https://koreastampsociety.org/login/?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fkoreastampsociety.org%2Ffeed%2Femail%2F">login</a> to view this content. At the time this publication must have… Read more »
  • Dr. Hall Was a Stamp Collector Too!
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    Dr. Sherwood Hall, the creator of the Korean tuberculosis Christmas and New Year seals, was an avid stamp collector. His hobby of collecting of stamps, besides his knowledge of how the seals successfully raised money in other countries to fight tuberculosis, probably contributed to his original idea to promote the seals in Korea to fight tuberculosis.  In a previous articles on the Korean seal program it was discussed how Dr. Hall created a variety of items associated with the seals to help promote the seals. These items included his personal stationery of writing paper with the Christmas Seal Committee’s letterhead and envelopes. Some of stationery had pre-printed messages about the… Read more »
  • KoreaPost: Looking for a hobby? Stamps are the answer!
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    KoreaPost has just released new promotional materials promoting stamp collecting as a hobby to Koreans. In the case of KSS members this is of course “preaching to the choir”, we all know what a great hobby philately is. However, KoreaPost is putting this on Facebook for possible newcomers to the hobby. The different images show for instance an office worker looking for a (new) hobby, parents using stamps as a way to teach history and culture to their children and people getting inspiration from stamps to create art while writing in their diary. Here are the images showing how interesting and how much fun stamp collecting can be: All images… Read more »
  • North Korea’s Interpretation in 1959 of the Korean War
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    On 25 June, 1950, the DPRK invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in a war for the unification of the nation. Due to immediate United Nations military action this invasion was unsuccessful. An armistice agreement was signed between the UN forces and the forces of the DPRK and the People’s Republic of China on 27 July, 1953 at the border village of Panmun-jŏm, effectively ending the war. No treaty of peace was signed then or since that time. On 25 June, 1959, the DPRK government issued four stamps which focussed on the goals of national unification and the removal of UN (mostly American) troops from the ROK. These stamps… Read more »
  • KPC3391: 18th FINA World Championships – Gwangju
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    (News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 12 July 2019 KoreaPost released a stamp commemorating the 18th FINA World Championships, held in Gwangju from July 12-28 2019. According to the FINA website “The Organisers have announced that about 4,500 athletes and officials from around 190 countries have registered for the World Championships, the largest ever hosted in terms of country attendance.” KoreaPost released the stamp in a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 16 (4×4) stamps of 380 won each, printed by Southern Colour Print for POSA: Stamp sheet for KPC3391.The details of the stamp as listed at the time of this publication: 제18회 2019광주FINA세계수영선수권대회 우표번호 3391 종수 1 발행량 656,000 디자인… Read more »
  • What happened to the DPRK new issues?
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    For some time there has been no new issue news regarding DPRK stamp releases. The reason for this is very simple: the Korea Stamp Corporation, the stamp selling organization of the DPRK, didn’t release any new online news. However, the new issue leaflets do show three new stamps/series. Until more information becomes available here is a quick scan of the new stamps. These are: 5215 (28 May 2019): “Our National Flag” 5215A-B (1 June 2019): “On Socialist Construction and the Internal and External Policies of the Government of the Republic at the Present Stage” 5215C-D (7 June 2019): “Visit to Russian Federation Made by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Chairman… Read more »
  • A DPRK Reprint Variety
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    There is an irony in the fact that the reprint of, arguably, the rarest of all North Korean stamps, the 1948 Labor Law issue, SG N11, is among the most common of these often despised reprints, both in perforated and imperforated condition. It is also among the small number of such reprints of which postally used copies are not rare, although it is not clear if its original face value was respected; 50chon was a very small denomination in 1957.  Here, I report a variety not previously noted, a retouch, presumably at one position on the plate. On the right hand stamp in Figure 1, the roof of the small… Read more »
  • KoreaPost Video: “The springtime of my life is always now!”
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    KoreaPost release a new video on their YouTube channel. The video shows an artist creating professional style calligraphy on an envelope inspired by the 2018 “Post Culture Week” stamps. These stamps, released in October 2018, were meant to promote letter writing. The video shows how far this can be taken. Creating the envelope.The stamps used show the hanja (Chinese characters) for Flower and Spring. With the original release came a text, which in part reads: ” The calligrapher has depicted the word 봄 with the images of sprouts and flowers to convey the message that we have got nothing to fear so long as we believe that The Spring of… Read more »
  • Stamp folder with 2007 Yi Jun stamp sheet shows up
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    On a recent visit to the Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague (The Netherlands) something unknown showed up: a presentation folder of the 2007 stamps commemorating the centenary of the unfortunate death of Yi Jun in The Hague in 1907, a subject written about before in Korean Philately magazine. The stamp is known quite well. Also, the booklet with the 2007 Yi Jun stamp was also known already, Stewart Steres wrote about it before. And it was known of course that the stamp had been published in a sheet. The stamp (sheet) folder for this stamp had not been shown before however. Here it is: Front of stamp folder.… Read more »
  • First Flight Before “Normalization” between Japan and Korea
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    Diplomatic normalization between the Republic of Korea and Japan came in 1965. The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea was signed on June 22, 1965, to establish a basic relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea following liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945. It took almost twenty years just to begin normalizing the relationship between these two neighboring countries.  However, Japan Air Lines (JAL) inaugurated a flight between Seoul and Tokyo more than a full year before the Treaty was signed. JAL made a maiden flight from Tokyo to Seoul on April 15, 1964. Why would any flight between these “still hostile” countries be… Read more »
  • KoreaPost releases materials for new regular stamp values
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    KoreaPost created materials for the three new regular stamp values released on 1 July 2019. These materials come in two forms: the monthly “wallpaper” showing the latest high value stamp of 2180 won, while the other materials form a set showing all the new values. First here is the set with the complete series as shown on the KoreaPost Facebook page:   The wallpaper materials were also released, in several different formats, on the KoreaPost website: All images copyright KoreaPost. Read more »
  • KPC3388-3390: 380 / 470 / 2180 won values (regular issues)
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    (News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 July 2019 KoreaPost released three new stamps for the current regular stamp series with values of 380, 470 and 2180 won. These stamps were introduced to fit in with recent changes in the pricing of postal services. For instance, 50 won were added to the basic rate (25 grams) which went up from 330 won to 380 won. The individual stamps are: 일반우표 380원 우표번호 3388 종수 1 발행량 1,000만장 디자인 태극기 인쇄 및 색수 그라비어 / 4도 전지구성 280mm x 242mm 디자이너 신재용 발행일 2019. 7. 1. 액면가격 380원 우표크기 25mm x 22mm 인면 22mm x 19mm 천공 13 용지 그라비어 원지… Read more »
  • Recognizing DPRK Reprints Part II: 1951 to 1956
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    Is the current market condition a buyer’s market or seller’s market? The price one pays for a stamp or stamps depends on the condition and rarity. Also, supply and demand dictate current prices in the market place. The current condition of the market is a buyer’s market. The flood of North Korean stamps which started at the beginning of the year is continuing to this day. On eBay, sellers from the UK, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, France, Australia and the US are dumping enormous amounts of early North Korea stamps every day. The (winning) prices have fallen drastically and most of the items are being sold around 30 percent of… Read more »
  • The Revenue Stamps of Seoul City (part 3 of 3)
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    (Part 3 of 3) Like most countries which at one time used revenue stamps, South Korea has a long history of using local revenue stamps. Until the 1970s these local revenue stamps were produced locally, each with a unique design per province or municipality. From 1976 onwards local revenue stamps were produced nationally (with standardized designs) by the national printing company (KOMSCO) and then “localized” by simply printing the name of a province or municipality on these stamps. However, the city of Seoul has always used its own revenue stamps with a design unique to Seoul which lasted almost unchanged for 6 decades.  5. Second Won series localized for neighbourhoods… Read more »
  • KoreaPost shows Korean characters on stamps
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    KoreaPost creates updates on Korean stamps for different social media platforms (both domestic/Korean and international) on an almost daily basis. One of the campaigns running at the moment is the one related to the new stamps showing the Kakao Friends characters.  This series is part of a larger series, spanning several decades effectively, showing Korean cartoon characters. Some of the earlier stamps are shown in the current campaign: In case you’re wondering about some of these characters, here is one example from YouTube, the complete series of 아기 공룡 둘리 (“Agi Kongnyong Tulli”) or “Tulli the baby dinosaur”: The original post can be found on Facebook. Copyright: KoreaPost Read more »
  • KoreaPost releases materials for “Modern Korean Figures” series
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    On 21 June 2019 KoreaPost released two stamps commemorating two Korean singers, Baek Seol-hee (1927-2010, born Kim Hee-suk) and Hyeon In (1919-2002, born Hyeon Dong-ju). The stamp are part of the “Modern Korean Figures” (현대한국인물) series. For this series KoreaPost has created extra materials showing the background of these two singers and their place in Korean history.  The materials were released on the KoreaPost Facebook page and on the Postory blog and are shown here “as is”: Copyright: KoreaPost For more information on the stamps and the two musicians depicted see the stamp release news showing these two stamps. Read more »
  • KoreaPost reminds conscripted soldiers
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    Unlike in most parts of Europe and North America in the Republic of Korea each year many thousands of young men are still being called up for their obligatory military service. Understandable, given that the DMZ is the most heavily fortified border in the world! Military mail has always been an essential part of military life. Using modern digital communication channels KoreaPost reminded young Koreans about sending and receiving mail to the military.  Notice the pictures remind military men to use sunscreen, to use anti-mosquito repellent and to take your vitamins. All for the greater good of maintaining health and a healthy relationship. And survive your time of military service of course.… Read more »
  • Postal History of the Russo-Japan War Related to Korea (Part II)
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    This article is the second part of an online article on Kenneth Clark’s exhibit on the postal history of the Russo-Japanese War. The pages contained herein are limited to those that are related to Korea. For more information see the first part.  This content has been restricted to logged in users only. Please <a href="https://koreastampsociety.org/login/?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fkoreastampsociety.org%2Ffeed%2Femail%2F">login</a> to view this content. The Russo-Japan War Exhibit Gary McLean (Editor Korean Philately): During my visit to PHILAKOREA 2002, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend many hours visiting with Kenneth Clark, Editor of Kiku Shimbun, the journal of The British Society for Japanese Philately. Ken had two social class exhibits and the journal (Large… Read more »
  • KPC3386-3387: Modern Korean Figures (Singers)
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    (News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 June 2019 KoreaPost released two stamps commemorating two Korean singers as part of the “Modern Korean Figures” (현대한국인물) series. KoreaPost released the stamps in a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 16 (2×4+2×4) stamps of 380 won each, printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA: Stamp sheet for series KPC3386-3387.The details of the stamp as listed at the time of this publication: 현대한국인물(가수) 우표번호 3386 종수 2 발행량 총 656,000장 디자인 백설희 인쇄 및 색수 평판/5도 전지구성 (2×4)×2(180mm×165mm) 디자이너 유지형 발행일 2019. 6. 21. 액면가격 380원 우표크기 26mm×36mm 인면 24.5mm×36mm 천공 13¾×13¼ 용지 평판원지 인쇄처 POSA(RoyalJoh.Enschede)   현대한국인물(가수) 우표번호 3387 종수 2 발행량 총… Read more »
  • Korean Military Advisor Correspondence (1955)
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    (Translated by Le Tuyet Mai.) The envelope shown in Figure 1 was sent from the office of Korean Advisory Commander-Assistant to Lieutenant-Colonel, belonging to MC Advisory Team (KMAG-V Korean Military Advisory Group-Vietnam), belonging to APO 91 US Forces (Division: Foot-band no. 91- US Army) in Vietnam. The letter was postmarked Pungsan (Korea), 17-11-1955. Perhaps, this Korean lieutenant-colonel was an advisor attached to the MAAG, belonging to US Army in Vietnam.  In order to support French soldiers during Indo-Chinese War against Viet Minh armed forces, in September 1950, US President Harry Truman had appointed a Military Assistance Advisory Group – MAAG to Vietnam. This group did not implement the duty as… Read more »
  • Modern DPRK rarities (1): Unissued 2012 3D giant panda stamps
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    In 2012 the DPRK issued a set of giant panda stamps. This set consisted of 2 stamps and 1 souvenir sheet. The KSC numbers given to these stamps were 4838-4840. KSC4840 (“a pair of pandas”; 120won s/s).The details for these stamps are: 4838: panda on the tree (70won) 4839: mother panda and baby (90won) 4840: a pair of pandas (120won s/s) KSC4838 (“panda on the tree”; 70won) and KSC4839 (“mother panda and baby”; 90won).However, recently I acquired another set of DPRK giant panda stamps. This set is also with 2 stamps and 1 souvenir sheet. The face-value of 2 stamps are also 70 won and 90 won, and the face-value… Read more »
  • Reader’s Question: Information needed for biography about Lee Chang Sung
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    For a project about KSS members from the past I am currently looking for information about Lee Chang Sung. He was chairman of the Busan Philatelic Club for years, but was known outside of Korea for his many paquebot covers. He was first mentioned in Korean Philately in 1956(!), in the KP Vol. V No. 1 (April 1956) issue. This is what this mention in the 1956 KP looked like: Some examples of paquebot mail he generated are below. Both examples are addressed to himself, but he created hundreds of paquebot covers for people all over the world while working on ships such as the Spring Condor, the Jovian Lotus… Read more »
  • KoreaPost teaches children how stamps are made
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    It is always a good idea to have a look at the Kstamp website maintained by KoreaPost. Recently KoreaPost released a few documents aimed at children, to learn about stamps. Here are some examples from this material: Indeed, Korean philatelic history. That’s the guy who started it all, and there are the first stamps.But, how do you create a stamp? Notice some of the details, such as the observatory (often used on stamps).Detail from the previous page.I recognize this stamp from somewhere. That example has been used quite often, since at least the 1960s. Someone at KoreaPost has a good memory!These materials are part of a wider campaign on safety,… Read more »
  • What do you see in a stamp?
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    With the abundance of stamp issuing entities spewing out hundreds of stamps yearly, you may wonder who or what decides what appears on their stamps? For example… Do you see… This content has been restricted to logged in users only. Please <a href="https://koreastampsociety.org/login/?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fkoreastampsociety.org%2Ffeed%2Femail%2F">login</a> to view this content. Read more »
  • KSC5215G-5215I: The First DPRK-US Summit Talks
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    (News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a series of three stamps (in souvenir sheets) to commemorate the “firstever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks” in Singapore in June 2018. According to the KSC the “the stamps were issued to reflect the firstever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks. Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had the firstever summit meeting and talks in the history of the DPRK-US relations on Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12 Juche 107 (2018) and adopted the joint statement.” Stamps The stamps in the series have the following values/designs: 50 won stamp: Document of the joint statement of Singapore summit (souvenir… Read more »
  • KSC5215E-5215F: China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition
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    (News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published two stamps showing the yellow crane tower and the 13-storeyed pagoda of Pohyon Temple to commemorate the China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition. According to the KSC the “two stamps were issued to mark China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition which is to be held in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The stamps reflect 13-storeyed pagoda of Pohyon Temple in Mt Myohyang which is counted as one of the famous mountains in our country and yellow crane tower which is the well-known historical relics in Wuhan.” Stamps The stamps in the series have the following values/designs: 30 won stamp:… Read more »