Published in July 2012 by the Korean Postal Stationery Society (한국우편엽서회) the Korean Postal Cards Catalogue (한국우편엽서도감) lists all known postal cards starting with cards from the old Korean empire through to the present day Republic of Korea.
The catalogue lists all sorts of postal cards in 410 pages. According to the contents page these types of cards have been catalogued from the ROK:
- Regular and return postal cards
- Letter sheets
- Commemorative postal cards
- New Year’s postal cards
- SAEMAUL postal cards
- Pictorial postal cards
- Advertising postal cards (both national and local)
- Parcel postal cards
- Semi-postal cards
- Campaign postal cards
- Celebration and condolence postal cards
- Customer designed postal cards
- Post Office electronic postal cards
- Government pictorial postal cards (in appendix)
The catalogue is primarily produced with a Korean audience in mind, meaning that you do need quite a good grasp of Korean to be able to use it completely. However, many things are easy to follow and the full colour graphics make it easy to discover what’s in your own collection.
For instance, some time ago I received this envelope from a stamp dealer containing Korean revenue stamps:
I noticed something “strange” about this envelope: the stamp in the top right corner was printed on the envelope. Because I had no experience with this type of envelope I looked it up in this catalogue and indeed, there it was:
Here are the cover and back of the catalogue (from scans):
2 thoughts on “Korean Postal Cards Catalogue 1900-2012”
Ivo, do you know where we can purchase a copy of this catalogue? Robert Finder
Hi Robert, I don’t think it is still for sale. If I remember correctly I found it in a stamp shop in Korea (probably Jeju) in 2016, guess I got lucky.