Monday, October 26, 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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Much has been written on the logistics, causes, and effects of the Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953). Charles Armstrong was correct to assert that the Cold War was a campaign of propaganda and psychological warfare,1 with the Korean War being no exception. It was not just a physical conflict, it was also an ideological war between two leaders; Syngman Rhee’s authoritarian right-wing South Korea, and Kim Il-sung’s equally authoritarian communist North Korea.Continue reading North and South Korean Issues During the Korean War: Ideological Conflict at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri. This battle, more commonly known for the Chinese name of the same location as the Battle of Qingshanli, was fought over six days in October 1920 between the Imperial Japanese Army and Korean armed groups in a densely wooded region of eastern Manchuria.KoreaPost released the stamp in a souvenir stamp sheet containing 16 stamps (4×4) of 380 won each, printed by Royal Joh.Continue reading KPC3464: The 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of… [...]

The newly issued 2021 Scott catalog, Vol 4A , has a Korean stamp (Scott804/KPSC639; issued December 1, 1971) for the New Year of 1972 on the cover. The year 1972 was the Year of the (Water) Rat, and this stamp shows two rats flying a kite. However, in the Korean language the word for mouse and rat is identical (it is simply “쥐”), so the stamp designer chose to depict a mouse because mice can be made to look so be much cuter than rats!Continue reading KSS cooperates with Scott catalogue editors at Korea Stamp Society. [...]

The Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPV) had entered North Korea in October 1950, in response to the perceived threat to the year-old People’s Republic of China from the rapidly-advancing UN forces during the fifth month of the Korean War. The swift advances made by the (North) Korean People’s Army after they crossed the 38th Parallel on June 25 1950, had been halted by MacArthur’s stunning landing at Inchon. Subsequently, the UN forces not only recaptured all occupied South Korean territory, but had also advanced deep into North Korea, capturing Pyongyang and reaching the border with China on the Yalu River.Continue… [...]

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 October 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and cards to commemorate the “75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea“. The KSC states “The WPK founded by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung has strengthened and developed into an invincible revolutionary party under the outstanding and seasoned leadership of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and has wonderfully performed its role as the organization that guides our people to all victories amid the historic struggle to accomplish the cause of… [...]