Saturday, June 15, 2019


Follow-Up to Dr. Hall’s Smithsonian Collection Article

In the December 15, 2018 article on Dr. Hall’s donation of his Christmas seal collection to the Smithsonian Institute in 1972, it was noted that the collection had been found at the request of the author. It had been moved to the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC in 1993. It was written that the […]

Dr. Moon Chang-Mo Resurrects Korean TB/Christmas New Year Seal Program In 1949

The program begun by Dr. Sherwood Hall, who had been born in 1893 in Korea to Methodist missionaries and doctors, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis (TB) in Korea by issuing Christmas and New Years seals, ended in 1940, as the Japanese forced him to leave the country. It would not be until 1949 that […]


Modern DPRK rarities (1): Unissued 2012 3D giant panda stamps

In 2012 the DPRK issued a set of giant panda stamps. This set consisted of 2 stamps and 1 souvenir sheet. The KSC numbers given to these stamps were 4838-4840.

The 1950 DPRK overprints on 1949 ROK stamps postally used?

Every philatelic area and era has its “Are these real or not?” subjects. Collecting expensive “specialties” such as overprints or surcharges on top of relatively cheap stamps, making it especially worthwhile to create forgeries for the philatelic market, without proper knowledge is asking for trouble. Overprints and surcharges, especially when used in very limited numbers […]


KPC3371: Redefinition of the SI Base Units (promotion materials)

On 20 May 2019 KoreaPost released a stamp to commemorate the “Redefinition of the SI Base Units”. Together with the stamp release KoreaPost also released extra promotion materials showing the idea behind the international standards commemorated by this release.

“CENZAN*POST” Datestamp: A New Find

While working on a Corinphila Auction (April 2006), I was lucky enough to locate and later certify, the attached Postal Stationery card with two fine strikes of this rare mark. The late Meiso Mizuhara’s book showed, on page 18 in Postal History of Korea his recorded dates of use of this rare cancellation: May 20, […]


Reader’s Question: Information needed for biography about Lee Chang Sung

For a project about KSS members from the past I am currently looking for information about Lee Chang Sung. He was chairman of the Busan Philatelic Club for years, but was known outside of Korea for his many paquebot covers. He was first mentioned in Korean Philately in 1956(!), in the KP Vol. V No. […]

Reader’s Question: A Korean postal history atlas?

(Reader’s question) Several of our members have a store on websites such as Ebay or Delcampe. It turns out one of our new members, Didier from France, is currently selling an atlas of China on Ebay. This atlas shows according to the title on one of the pages “postal establishments and postal routes in each […]


KSS Monograph 2: Korean English Philatelic Glossary

First published as a for print publication by Stanley Kim in 1993, this glossary is now being developed in digital form. Originally meant “to assist collectors using either Korean or English to organize their collections, literature, and their own write-ups for exhibitions or just in their albums” it can these days also be used especially […]

Download (KSS Members Only): “Korean Kingdom and Empire Philatelic Catalog and Handbook”

The Korean Kingdom and Empire Philatelic Catalog and Handbook was an important milestone for the Korea Stamp Society, enabling members to deal with the confusing aspects of this period in Korean Philately. James W. Kerr, one of leading contributors to the KSS for many years, was the editor. He had the assistance of many other […]


KPC3382-3385: Protected Marine Species (2nd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 5 June 2019 KoreaPost released a series of 4 stamps showing protected marine species (해양보호생물). This is the second series on this subject, the first series was issued in July 2018.

KPC3372-3381: Kakao Friends

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 May 2019 KoreaPost released ten stamps showing the “Kakao Friends” (“카카오프렌즈”). These are characters based on KakaoTalk emoticons released in November 2012 by Kakao.


KSC5215G-5215I: The First DPRK-US Summit Talks

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a series of three stamps (in souvenir sheets) to commemorate the “firstever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks” in Singapore in June 2018.

KSC5215E-5215F: China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published two stamps showing the yellow crane tower and the 13-storeyed pagoda of Pohyon Temple to commemorate the China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition.

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