“The Two Koreas’ Societies Reflected In Stamps” by Gabriel Jonsson

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The article “The Two Koreas’ Societies Reflected In Stamps”, written by Gabriel Jonsson, was published in “East Asia” magazine in 2005. Mr. Jonsson is currently working as researcher at the Department for Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at the Stockholm University’s Faculty of Humanities. 

Abstract (as was originally published with the article):

The stamp is “an arena for conveying every possible kind of message through pictures”. Since stamp motives are not chosen arbitrarily, this study considers what stamps issued by North and South Korea since their foundation in 1948 tell about these states. Firstly, the number of stamps made by each state from 1948 until 2002 is investigated. This time is divided into ten-year periods. Conclusions are drawn from the number of stamps made. Secondly, the motives are investigated in detail. Eight motives—commemoratives, history, famous persons, culture, politics, economics, nature and miscellaneous are identified. Quantitative data on the motives are presented in tables that are followed by facts about the issues. Thirdly, the main findings are presented on a general level and under the motives identified. Implications of the motives on North and South Korean stamps are discussed and similarities and differences are highlighted.
Sample page from article.

Bibliographic information: Jonsson, G. East Asia (2005) 22: 77. For more information please see the Springer website.

Please note: due to copyright we can only show part of the text. The graphic with the stamps is not from this article (there are no graphics in the article other than tables), but from KSS member Yong Yi. It is Scott A1066 “Korea Prospering Under the Wise Leadership of the Party” from 1982.


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