Monday, July 15, 2024


The Korea 1974 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

As in 1973, in 1974 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) program produced a design of a pair of Christmas/TB seals with only two different images. The two seals depict a stylized Christmas tree and the author does not know what the other image portrays, perhaps the image represents traditonal items common in Korea during […]

Buyer Be Aware: Korea 1940 Unissued Christmas and TB seals

As Korea Stamp Society (KSS) members who have been interested in Christmas/TB seals already know, there is a 1940 unissued Christmas and TB seal that was confiscated by the Japanese. There have been a number of articles about this seal on the KSS website, the last being on May 17, 2023.  At that time there […]


Statistic picture card showing rail, road and shipping statistics (1922)

This 1922 postcard from the Japanese colonial period in Korea is a compelling historical document, providing a glimpse into the infrastructure and logistics of the era. Specifically, it presents statistics about the transportation network in 1922. The card highlights the extensive railway system, which was approximately 1,200 Ri long, equivalent to around 373 miles or […]

The Unexpected Popularity of Pre-1952 Republic of Korea Stamps

If you’re an avid stamp collector, or even if you’re just dabbling in the fascinating world of philately, there’s a corner of the stamp universe that might surprise you with its allure and value. We’re talking about pre-1952 Republic of Korea stamps, which, according to Henry Gitner and Rick Miller in this month’s “Stamp Market […]


How to save a stamp society?

This month marks the 6th anniversary of the most recent iteration of the Korean Stamp Society (KSS), probably the 5th or 6th iteration of the KSS depending on how you would like to count. Started in late 1951, the KSS went through its very first crisis within a year, but managed to survive. During the […]

What do I collect?

I think I have to qualify this with the phrase “at the moment” because like some collectors my passion changes according to chance discoveries and predilections, the money in my pocket and time available. This note records collecting interests between October and December 2022. I am not the distinguished collector who grinds away at a […]


Possible colour trials of South Korea 1965 and 1967 issues

Recently the author found on eBay what look like some type of color proofs which are unknown to him. They were put up for sale by a general seller/dealer of stamps and artwork. They are imperforate small blocks of paper printed with various color images similar in type to South Korea’s 1965 issues to commemorate […]

What is this “stamp box” item?

One of our readers recently sent us this question: While cleaning out my attic, I came across a meticulously wrapped stamp box. I cannot identify the stamps since I don’t read Chinese characters. However, I could understand the part on the cover that says “November 18, 1884.” The red stamp has “5Mn” written at the […]


Decoding Cheon Stamps: Unveiling a Stamp Editions Myth

In the fascinating realm of philately, the classification and study of stamps often reveal intriguing insights into history, culture, and even the nuances of artistic expression. A striking example of this is presented in an enlightening article titled “The truth about the classification of ‘Cheon’ handwriting surcharge stamp plates” by Oh Byeong-yoon, published on December […]

Debunking Myths: The Reality of ‘Taegeuk’ Stamps Editions

In the world of philately, the distinction between different editions of stamps can be a matter of intense debate and interest. A prime example of this is found within the Korean stamp collecting community, particularly regarding the ‘Taegeuk’ stamps and the ‘Cheon’ surcharged series stamps. Traditionally, these stamps have been categorized into first and reprint […]

Korea-related Philatelic News

Bridging Philatelic Worlds: KSS Meets KPF in Seoul

On a warm summer day in Seoul in June 2024, I had the distinct honor of representing the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) in a pivotal meeting with the Korean Philatelic Federation (KPF). The rendezvous took place on the tenth floor of the iconic Gwanghwamun Post Office, a fitting location steeped in postal history since 1906. […]

2024 Korea Stamp Exhibition: Royal Flags of the Joseon Dynasty

The 2024 Korea Stamp Exhibition, from July 18th to 24th at Seoul’s Nodeul Island, features the Royal Flags of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors can enjoy the sight of Pomily friends holding these historic flags, making the event a blend of history and visual delight.

ROK KoreaPost New Issues

KPC3764-3765: Skywalk

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 3 July 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue showing the “Skywalk”. The stamp was issued in a minisheet containing 18 stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Brebner Print for POSA.

KPC3760-3763: Protected Marine Species (7th)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 June 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue showing “Protected Marine Species“, the 7th issue in this series. The stamp was issued in a minisheet containing 4×4 (16) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5578-5581: 112th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 19 June 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “112th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung”.

KSC5572-5577: Inauguration Ceremony of the Central Cadres Training School of the Workers’ Party of Korea Held with Splendour

News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 28 June 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “Inauguration Ceremony of the Central Cadres Training School of the Workers’ Party of Korea Held with Splendour”.