Friday, December 14, 2018


Different perforations for same stamps?

An envelope sent to me by a Korean stamp dealer showed me something I hadn’t thought about before: the exact same stamp with different perforations. The envelope comes with four different souvenir sheets related to (philatelic) exhibitions, the Word Fair EXPO 93 in Taejeon in 1993 and the international philatelic exhibition known as PhilaKorea in […]

South Korean booklets and color bars (II)

This is Part 2 of the BOOKLETS WITH COLOR BARS article. On 1/24/1994 the Ministry issued the first “Portable Booklet” to commemorate the 21st U.P.U. Congress (3rd issue). This issue started the color bars for a total of 15 issues through 3/27/1996. All of these were in the “Portable Booklet” format. For explanation see part […]


Information needed about overprints on 1946 stamps

[Editor] I have received a request for more information about the following figure. What we know is that they have first day cancels, but for other stamps. They were apparently cancelled for the opening of the national assembly. Please let us know what more you might know about these stamps. Thanks. 

North Korean postal history during the Korean War 1950-1953 (III)

This article was originally published in The London Philatelist, Volume 123 Issue 1416 in June 2014. It is reprinted here with permission of the author, Anthony Bard, who besides being a member of the RPSL is also a member of the KSS. He is well-known for his highly specialized North Korea collection. The article is […]


KPC3348-3349: New Year’s Greetings

News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 3 December 2018 KoreaPost released two stamps celebrating the New Year and New Year’s Greetings. After the year of the dog, 2018, the year 2019 will be the year of the (earth) pig, which is why these two stamps depict pigs. 

KPC3346-3347: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage / Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (Women Divers)

News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 November 2018 KoreaPost released two stamps showing the Jeju Haenyeo (Women Divers) culture, which is part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage program. 


Printing Error on Scott’s #1927?

I attended the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver, Colorado. There at the show I was able to acquire a number of Korean stamps that I needed for my collection. I asked one dealer if he had any Korean stamps or stationery. He showed me what he had, including that block of 10 stamps (Scott’s […]

Foreign mail postmarks of Pusan (1945-55)

Over the years many philatelists have written for the KSS magazine Korean Philately. In pre-internet days it was difficult to later find such information again. Here is an example of a short specialized article written by Joseph Comroe for the May 1971 edition of KP about the foreign mail postmarks used by the Busan/부산 (then […]


Download (KSS members only): “Monograph 3: The Postal History of the Korean War 1950-1953”

In 2000 the KSS published a monograph, the third in the series of KSS monographs, titled “The Postal History of the Korean War 1950-1953”. Written by Robert W. Collins, this monograph is no longer readily available. As a service to KSS members a scanned version of this document is available online. Some examples and texts […]

North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970 (Conclusion / Bibliography)

[David Hall’s undergraduate thesis “North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970” is published in full on the KSS website. This part contains the Conclusion, several other parts such as abbreviations, and the Bibliography.] 

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