Asian Politics via Meter Stamp Slogans

(Text originally published in MSS Quarterly Bulletin Nr. 314.) Shown here are two Republic of Korea (South Korea) Post Office meter stamps from 2005 with pictorial propaganda slogans. The top slogan is a map of the Sea of Japan (or East Sea as the Koreans call it) with a circle around the Dokdo Islands in the […]

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A Report On (N.) Korean Philately Part 3: The Philatelic Situation in (North) Korea

Korea has many philatelists. At times of new issues, one can see many citizens and students at the Pyongyang stamp shop buying stamps. Several years ago Pyongyang stamp shop had a clearance sale, the 1957 reprints of the early liberation period were sold at the low price of 50 chon (ordinary money) each, and were […]

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A Report on (N.) Korean Philately part 2: The Sale and Distribution of Korean Stamps

Korean stamps have two completely different issuing purposes, and for this reason there are two distinct methods of marketing. Before talking of marketing, however, we must first introduce the internal currency situation in the country. At the present time, three distinct types of currency circulate: the ordinary people use ordinary Won Then there is a […]

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Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue 2015-2016

For the years 2015-2016 the Korean Philatelic Co. produced the regularly published Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue, the standard catalogue for Korean philately at the moment. The catalogue conforms to the usual setup: postal stamps in the first part of the catalogue, divided in commemorative stamps and regular stamps, and the specialties in the second half. 

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Korean Stamp Catalogue 1946-2006

(Korean Philately November 2006) The latest in a series of catalogues that goes back as far as 1958, the newest edition combines the stamp catalogue with the cata­logue of postal stationary—the only previous edition of which, Korea Postal Stationery & Maxicard Catalogue 1948-1998, came out in 1999. Apart from the maximum cards, which have been dropped […]

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Korea’s Special Souvenir Card for the Gold Medal Winners of the 1960 Olympics

For the first and only time in the history of the Olympics, gold medal winners were also awarded a philatelic gift. The Government of the Republic of Korea presented a 5 x 8 1/4″ souvenir card with the two Olympic stamps issued by Korea with the special first day pictorial cancel. The card itself was […]

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