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 […]

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Collecting Paquebots – A Korean adventure (1957)

At first glance, it would appear strange to find an article on Paquebot collecting in our publication, which deals primarily in the study of Korean philately. Nevertheless, the writer is certain that the readers will find it interesting, as after all, there is a distinct Korean flavor. Over a year ago I had an article […]

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Domestic printing versus international printing of DPRK stamps (I)

The publication by KSS member Yi Yong Suk of an article about North Korean stamp sheets elicited an answer by another KSS member, Chen Yi-Fu. This led to the following exchange of information between these two members about the question of domestic printings versus international (collector’s) printings. 

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KSC5180C-5180D: The Fifth Round of North-South Summit Meeting and Talks

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 18 October 2018 the 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating the fourth round of the north-south summit meeting. The release came with this text: “Stamps were issued to commemorate the fifth round of north-south summit meeting and talks held in Pyongyang between September 18 […]

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

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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KSC5180B: The Fourth Round of North-South Summit Meeting and Talks

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 18 October 2018 the 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating the fourth round of the north-south summit meeting. The release came with this text: “The fourth round of north-south summit meeting and talks took place at the Thongil House in the northern area of […]

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KSC5180A: The Third Round of North-South Summit Meeting and Talks

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 16 October 2018 the 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp sheet commemorating the third round of north-south summit meeting. The release came with this text: “The third round of north-south summit meeting and talks took place at the House of Peace in the southern area […]

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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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North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970 (Chapter 3)

[David Hall’s undergraduate thesis “North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970” is published in full on the KSS website. This is “Chapter Three – North Korea and the Changing Nature of East Asia, 1963-1970”.] Due to North Korea’s successful economic recovery and Kim Il-sung’s consolidation of power through Juche and purges, North Korea became […]

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KPC3343: The 150th anniversary of General Hong Bum Do’s birth

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 12 October 2018 KoreaPost released a stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of General Hong Bum Do’s birth. Hong Beom-do (August 27, 1868 – October 25, 1943), was a Korean independence activist born in Chasong, North Pyongan. Hong organized a resistance force named the Righteous Army during the Japanese occupation of […]

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North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970 (Chapter 2)

[David Hall’s undergraduate thesis “North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970” is published in full on the KSS website. This is “Chapter Two – Reconstruction, Consolidation, and Juche Ideology, 1954-1962”.] Damage brought by the Korean war exceeded 420 billion won and thousands of factories, homes, and social infrastructures were destroyed.49 Therefore, Kim Il-sung used […]

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North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970 (Chapter 1)

[David Hall’s undergraduate thesis “North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970” is published in full on the KSS website. This is “Chapter One – State Building, Nationalism, and War, 1948-1953”.] The North Korean state was established 9 September 1948, two years after liberation from Japanese rule and subsequent Soviet administration. From its immediate establishment, […]

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North Korean National Identity, Expressed Through Postage Stamps, 1948-1970 (Abstract / Introduction)

[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 both the “Abstract” and the “Introduction”.]  

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