Do These Korean Stamps Really Exist? Time for a Quick Update.

Previously, in the forum, I had posted the comment/question highlighted below, about whether some of the Korean stamps I have been looking for to add to my collection, really exist. My research began in earnest when I began to help the KSS find the old missing Korean Philatelic (KP) magazines so that they can be […]

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Reader’s Question: 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. 

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The 1935 Korean Christmas and New Year Seal

In 1935, the Korean United Christmas Seal Committee released a new design that was larger than previous seals. This seal shows two girls playing on a seesaw while another child watches, with the Diamond Mountains, a well known landscape and tourist attraction in northern Korea, in the background. The jumping on the seesaw, to propel […]

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South Korean souvenir sheets by the numbers

KPSC collectors often focus their attention on specific topics, issues or themes. Besides these traditional aspects of collecting there are also other interesting features worth considering. Two examples are shown in this text. One shows the number of souvenir sheets issued each year by the KPSC since 1965. The second chart shows the change in […]

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KSC5180E: Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia, the Immortal Flowers

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 15 November 2018 the 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp showing the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia, the so-called “Immortal Flowers”. At the same time the KSC also issued a stamp showing a pine tree, which is the “National Tree of the DPRK”.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Domestic Printing Versus International Printing Of DPRK Stamps (III)

Previously I have written an article on North Korea’s “Remarkable Tourist Market Sheet” stamps. KSS member Mr. Chen Yi-Fu stated that the article referred to so-called “stamps for domestic use”. In the Korean Stamp Catalogue, the 2 stamps are No. 3758 & 3760, issued in 8×3 small sheets for international collectors. He also mentioned that […]

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