Friday, October 18, 2019


Chinese “Non Postal Value Souvenir Sheet” for Philakorea 1994

Many different types of philatelic products have been created over the years by many different organizations and individuals. In China the so-called “Non Postal Value Souvenir Sheets” are one specific example of a type of such a product. They were (and are?) created on a very large scale, but they are relatively unknown outside of […]

A small study of a small booklet

On April 20, 1974 the South Korean Ministry of Communication released the third booklet of stamps in a smaller size than the two previous booklets (82x55mm). This was the first and only stapled panes booklet as the two others had the stamp panes stitched to the cover. This was also the last of the 30 […]


Modern DPRK rarities (3): Pyongyang folk park (2013)

The DPRK issued a souvenir sheet of Pyongyang folk park in 2013. This souvenir sheet depicts a view of this theme park and its face-value is 60 (30+30) won. However, the park was closed in 2016 and this souvenir sheet was withdrawn, 3 years after issuance. This is probably one of the most well-known modern […]

The August 1955 Chongjin Booklet

The booklet was issued by the Ministry of Communications for the North Hamgyong Post Office, as part of the country-wide 10th anniversary of the Liberation commemoration, in August 1955. A set of commemorative stamps (all the stamps are perf 11), a postal stationery envelope and an extensive set of commemorative photographic postcards were produced for […]


The “Corean Clown”: Tracing the history of a philatelic fantasy (1965)

The strange looking label illustrated here has been around for a long time, as a matter of fact, since 1879, and for some reason it has become known to collectors of album weeds ad the “Corean Clown”. While its connection with the philately of Korea is remote, to say the least, the following facts concerning […]

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 […]


Cut outs or die proofs or…? What are these items?

The items shown here are “cut outs” according to Spink Auction. In their Spink China auction of May 2017 these five items were listed by Spink as “1884 First issue, set of five, colour die proof in white thick paper, toned spots.” They were sold for HK$20.000 (approx. 2300 EUR or 2550 USD).

UK Forces in Korea, BFPO 376 in Kure and a ship beginning with R?

A friend of mine in the Sheffield Philatelic Society, Ian Potter, has given me an envelope which he thought might of interest to me. It is attached below. The envelope, with no message inside, is clearly from someone who was associated with ‘UK Forces in Korea’ and is addressed to a ‘V D K Craddock’ […]


A homemade Korean stamp album

As my Korean stamp collection grew, using commercially available quadrille blank sheets (Elbe, I think) and Showgard mounts, I arranged my mint stamps chronologically, but in simple rows and columns. Cancelled stamps, as there were many missing issues in my collection, were placed in a pre-printed album (probably from D.G. Phillips) using stamp hinges.

Palo Korean Album Pages

For many years I have been using Palo Album pages for my Korean stamp collection. They are based in the USA and have very high quality pages, albums and album slip covers. The pages are five holes punched for their album binders. The pages are about 11 x 12 inches long. They have excellent standard […]

Korea-related Philatelic News

The 2019 Christmas seals have been released!

The new Christmas seals for Christmas 2019 have been released by the Korea National Tuberculosis Association. The stamps feature Jeju island and the famous local diving women, the “haenyeo”. The sheet is for sale online through the KNTA website and costs 3.000 won (approx. 2,50 dollars / 2,30 EUR).

KoreaPost commemorates 100 years of independence movement

KoreaPost is calling upon Koreans to remember all things related to the “independence for Korea” movement. Because many of the people and symbols related to the struggle for independence have been featured on stamps KoreaPost can show a lot of examples from the past. It’s all in Korean, but even without any knowledge of Korean […]


KPC3421: The 100th National Sports Festival

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 September 2019 KoreaPost issued a stamp titled “The 100th National Sports Festival”. The Korean National Sports Festival is an annual sports competition held in South Korea. For a full week each October, about 20,000 athletes representing 16 cities and provinces throughout the country compete in about 40 separate […]

KPC3420: 70th Anniversary of the R.O.K. Air Force

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 September 2019 KoreaPost issued a stamp titled “70th Anniversary of the R.O.K. Air Force”. The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of South Korea, operating under the South Korean Ministry of National Defense.

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