Sunday, November 29, 2020

Local Revenue Stamps

Incheon local revenue stamps (1964)

I (Matt Parkkinen) made a state-side trip in September, to Seattle, and since my return have been too busy and also have not had an opportunity to add much in the way of information on Korean revenues, until just the other day. A few days ago I was in Pusan, and obtained some of the […]

Behind the stamp (Paju local revenue stamp)

Highway 1 leads northward from Seoul to Kaesong and then to P’yong-yang, connecting two ancient capitals of Korea with the modern one. A few miles from the Seoul city limits, a smaller road leads east towards Uijong-bu, and about two miles from Highway 1 there is a narrow gravel road headed north, up the steep […]

Consular Revenue Stamps

Korean consular revenue stamps: documents from 1960s showing the “new won” series

The 1960s new won series of consular revenue stamps show up in several documents from that era. Two examples of such documents are shown here. 

Korean consular revenue stamps: IEF dollar series

This listing is an addendum to the article “Consular Revenue Stamps of the Republic of Korea” in The American Revenuer, Third Quarter 2017 (Vol. 70, No. 3). For the full article contact the American Revenue Association through their website: IEF dollar values High quality dollar values (two flowers in the design) Low quality dollar […]

Education Revenue Stamps

Revenue stamped document: Masan middle school graduation certificate

From the collection of Joe Ross, well-known amongst revenue stamp collectors as someone with one of the largest revenue stamp collections in the world and author of several revenue stamp catalogues, comes this revenue stamped document from the city of Masan (마산), now part of Changwon (창원시). Unlike with postal documents, revenue documents are usually […]

Court Fee Revenue Stamps

Korean Narrow Gauge

The Suwon – Inchon narrow gauge line: The line within Suwon city

The shortest stretch of the SuIn line was inside Suwon city. This ran from the Suwon railway station to the south, after which it would run up a ramp to cross both a main street and the main (standard gauge) railway line. The only remaining part of this part of the line, the part on […]

The Suwon – Inchon narrow gauge line: Gojan Station (– Gongdan/Choji Station – Ansan Station) – Oido Station

The original Suwon to Inchon line (수인선 협궤열차) ran all the way from Inchon harbour to Suwon (수원) station, but by the end of the existence of the line this was no longer the case. But like other parts of the line which were still there long after the railway had been closed the part […]

Books and catalogues

Revenue stamps of Iran 3rd Edition

Several well-known members of the revenue/fiscal stamp community pointed out that a new edition of the “Revenue Stamps of Iran” catalog had been published. This edition, the third, is larger than ever, with “742 full color pages with pictures of every stamp and many new rare documents”. The two volumes show many different types of […]

National Revenue Stamps

Revenue stamps published 30 years apart used on the same day

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 […]

Korean “digital revenue stamps”

(Text originally published in MSS Quarterly Bulletin Nr. 316.) On 1 January 2017 the last “paper” revenue stamps of the Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) were phased out. Except for the consular revenue stamps used outside of Korea the only type of revenue stamp now in use within the borders of Korea are meter marks.  Meter […]


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Reader Evgeniy Savchenko commented about the article published on June 24, 2020 on the KSS website concerning the Chollima symbol often used on North Korean stamps. He noted that the USSR in 1960 issued a stamp commemorating the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Korea, Scott 2407. We now have a image of this stamp to add to our collection of the Chollima stamps. If any readers know of others, please tell us about them. Continue reading More Chollima stamp examples: USSR 1960 at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which purported to be the “retail” values of stamps. Linn’s stopped their “Trends” in October, 2000 and the last “Trends” for South Korean stamps was Nov. Continue reading The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 7) at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

Professor James H. Grayson, a member of the KSS since 2000, was invited to speak on the American Philatelic Society’s ‘Stamp Chat’ internet discussion group.  His subject was ‘North and South Korea: The first issues after the Second World’.  He uses a semiotic approach to understanding the designs of stamps to discover the meanings which they convey. James explained that; “the advantage of looking at northern and southern Korean stamps together is that both the common Korean characteristics are made clear and also the significant differences, particularly in political ethos.  Continue reading APS Stamp Chat with KSS’s Professor James Grayson… [...]

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 November 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating philatelic week in Korea. This is a yearly returning stamp series, which in different forms (for instance as “postal week”) has been around since the 1960s. The four stamps have all sorts of themes. KSC3465 is “when spring comes to the DMZ”, showing two family members walking near the DMZ, with an old steam engine left behind during the Korean War. Continue reading KPC3465-3468: Philately Week at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

Japanese control of Korea ended with the surrender on 15 August 1945 of the Imperial armed forces. Decisions made at the Yalta Conference in February 1945 were implemented after the surrender. The primary actions taken were the division of the Korean peninsula arbitrarily at the 38th Parallel, with the northern zone to be occupied by the Soviets, and the southern zone by the US. The occupations were to be temporary pending a decision on the future nature of the government of the rejoined occupied areas. Continue reading North Korea: from Liberation to War (1945-1950) at Korea Stamp Society. [...]