Monday, August 19, 2019


Dr. Hall’s 1934 Korean Methodist Seal

There is an unusual Korean seal that occasionally shows up in Korean collections and on eBay, which sometimes confuses collectors. This seal was actually designed by Dr. Sherwood Hall and is sought out by some collectors of Dr. Hall’s Korean Christmas seals. It was issued for the “50th Anniversary of Korean Methodism” in 1934, shortly […]

Ship mail versus ship’s mail: not all ships are paquebots!

In “Paquebot Cancellations of the World” Mike Dovey and Keith Morris list a series of Korean paquebot cancellations. However, it might be that not all of the cancellations shown are paquebot cancellations.


Cheon or Plum Blossom Essays

Figure 1 illustrates three essay stamps recently sold by Michael Rogers in a private treaty sale, while Figures 2 and 3 illustrate the front and back of essays originally owned by Jim Kerr and sold by private treaty after being withdrawn from auction. These essays, referred to as both Cheon or Plum Blossom Essays, have […]

A DPRK Reprint Variety

There is an irony in the fact that the reprint of, arguably, the rarest of all North Korean stamps, the 1948 Labor Law issue, SG N11, is among the most common of these often despised reprints, both in perforated and imperforated condition. It is also among the small number of such reprints of which postally […]


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 […]

The Korean Christmas Seals (1960)

I became interested in Korean Christmas Seals in 1936 when I was asked to cover the South Pyengan Province. Each year, thereafter, I sold more than anyone else. In the ninth year – 1940 – I sold all that were sold in that area as far as I know. This consisted of an order for […]


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 […]


Korean Stamp Album Pages

During the course of collecting South Korean stamps since 1983 the problem of how to store the collection is always a difficult one. Stamp album page published by various companies are the traditional method for keeping a collection for easy access and viewing. Using Showgard or comparable stamp mounts preserves the stamps well but the […]

Download (KSS members only): “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”

In 1986/1987 KSS member John J. Sauer published “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”. This 32 page publication was published according to the front-page “in lieu of the missing volumes and partial volumes of the past three years”. 

Korea-related Philatelic News

KNTA also celebrates independence day

The 대한결핵협회 / Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), known for issuing the Korean Christmas seals since 1949, also published some materials related to both the March 1 movement of 1919, 80 years ago, as well as the 74th anniversary of Korean independence from Japan in 1945. That’s a lot of anniversaries in one sentence!

8.15: 74 years of Korean independence

It has been 74 years since Korea became independent in August 1945 after having been occupied by the Japanese empire since 1905/1910. This is something the Koreans understandably don’t want the world to forget of course and KoreaPost is part of that movement. Just a few days ago KoreaPost released quite a beautiful set of […]


KPC3398-3413: Taegeukgi in history

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 14 August KoreaPost released a series of stamps commemorating the different shapes and colours of the Taegeukgi, the national symbol and flag of Korea.

KPC3394-3397: 5th Tourism Series

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 6 August 2019 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps showing “must visit places” in Korea. This is the fifth series of stamps in the Tourism Series showing places in Korea known for their outstanding beauty or their historical significance. The stamps were issued for the new first class postal […]


KSC5215M: DPRK-US Summit Meeting at Panmunjom

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a stamp in a souvenir sheet to commemorate that “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Met with the US President Donald J. Trump at Panmunjom”. 

KSC5215L: Historic Summit Meeting in Pyongyang by the Supreme Leaders of the DPRK and China

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a stamp in a souvenir sheet to commemorate the meeting in Pyongyang of the leaders of the DPRK and China.

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