Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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: http://www.revenuer.org/ 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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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 January 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing the “Geostationary Korea Multi Purpose Satellite GEO-KOMPSAT”, also named the “Cheollian”. The KOMPSAT or Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite is a series of South Korean multipurpose satellite for reconnaissance, communication, meteorological, environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring applications. KoreaPost released the stamps in a souvenir stamp sheet containing 12 stamps (2×6) of 380 won each in three designs, printed by Cartor for POSA: Stamps The details of the stamps as listed at the time of this publication: 우리 위성 천리안 우표번호 3473 종수 3 발행량 600,000(전지 50,000장)… [...]

Recently I purchased a postcard showing a Japanese woman throwing images of the first Korean stamps into the air and it intrigued me what this postcard represented. Does any reader know the story behind this postcard? Is it a propaganda anti-Japanese postcard? Where there any other types of these postcards printed? With the help of Ivo Spanjersberg, we do know the following shown on this postcards. The images show a postcard printed in Germany in the early 1900’s: PHILATELISTISCHE KÜNSTLER-POSTKARTE No 4. Continue reading Japan Playing with Korea at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

In Joseon (Korea) in the 33rd year (1896) of King Gojong‘s rule a French person, Emile Martel (1874-1949), established the French Language School in Seoul as a governmental institute in Jong-ro-gu, now known as Susong-dong (Korean: 수송동). Martel arrived in Korea in July 1894 at the age of only twenty years old. Subsequently this school closed in King Gwangmu’s 10th year (1906).  A student of the French School in Pak-dong The establishment of a French school was based on the edict “Official Regulation No. Continue reading Lee Neung-hwa, an unknown historical figure and a stamp collector in a time of… [...]

We received a message from one of our readers, Peter, who has two questions. One is on the KoreaPost international stamp sales website and the inability to actually order something through that website, a point raised quite often by both KSS members and visitors of the KSS website. The other question is on North Korean modern day stamp issue politics: are these stamps “for real” (as in: meant for actual postal use within the DPRK?) or not? Continue reading Reader’s Question: How to order from KoreaPost and what about all these new DPRK stamps? 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 9) at Korea Stamp Society. [...]