Monday, June 24, 2024

KOREAN PHILATELIC SUBJECTS

The Korea 1973 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

In 1973 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) program produced a design of  the Christmas/TB seals with only two different images. The two seals depict a Korean boy and girl in traditional Korean dress. The seals were printed by lithography, in sheets of 100 and 50 seals, a souvenir sheet and it said that a […]

Korean War POW Mail: 70 years after the armistice

The following is an expansion of two articles which were recently published in the American Philatelist and The London Philatelist. Rather than simply republishing them, they are combined and expanded here to tell a more detailed story. Mail to and from the largest POW components (excluding South Koreans) – American and British – are detailed […]

KOREAN PHILATELIC HISTORY

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 […]

A Remarkable Foreign Postal Matter (Korea – Holland 1900)

The turn of the 20th century brought with it many marvels, not the least of which was the intricate and expansive postal system that connected even the most distant lands. Among the fascinating postal artifacts from this era is an envelope sent in the year 1900, corresponding to various calendars as Dan-Gee 4233, Kwang-Mu 4, […]

KOREAN PHILATELY MAGAZINE: ARTICLES

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 […]

KOREAN PHILATELY MAGAZINE: Q&A

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 […]

Korean meter depicting Archaeopteryx: manufacturer and time frame?

Meter franking is not a very popular subject. Many collectors actively dislike these ink “stamps” because they have been replacing stamps for decades, making it more difficult to collect recent postal history with “real” stamps. But meter franks are official postage and they are valid philatelic items for exhibitions and such.

PHILATELIC LITERATURE

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

Too late, but not that late

KSS has been widely known among Koreans in Korea since its establishment. I remember some writers of “Woopyo,” the monthly magazine of the Korean Philatelic Federation (KPF), sporadically mentioned KSS, mainly during the visits to the USA by KPF delegates and the visits of KSS members to KPF. At that time, we all thought that […]

Specialised Catalogue of Korean Stamps

South Korea will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the inception of the modern postal system in 2024. On the occasion of this significant year, to be commemorated both nationally and internationally, PHILAKOREA will take place for the fifth time under FIP recognition. As South Korea has achieved remarkable economic growth in such a brief period, […]

ROK KoreaPost New Issues

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.

KPC3759: Love Parents

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 31 May 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating parent’s day titled “Love Parents“. The stamp was issued in a minisheet containing 4×4 (16) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschede for POSA.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5565-5567: 60th Anniv. of Start of Work of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il at the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 19 June 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “60th Anniv. of Start of Work of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il at the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea”.

KSC5560-5564: 10 000 Flats Built at the Second Stage in the Hwasong Area

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 31 May 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing the “10 000 Flats Built at the Second Stage in the Hwasong Area”.


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