KSC5190: In Celebration of the 77th Birth Anniversary of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) Four stamps in a sheetlet were issued to commemorate the 77th birthday of Kim Jong Il. The KSC writes: “On the occasion of the Day of the Shining Star a sheetlet was issued to reflect some gifts presented to the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il by heads […]

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South Korean booklets and color bars (IV)

This is Part 4 of the BOOKLETS WITH COLOR BARS article. On 1/24/1994 the Ministry issued the first “Portable Booklet” to commemorate the 21st U.P.U. Congress (3rd issue). This issue started the color bars for a total of 15 issues through 3/27/1996. All of these were in the “Portable Booklet” format. For explanation see part […]

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The 1957 Boy Scout and 1958 Second Postal Week Issues

Korean Philately (KP) had a very interesting article about two souvenir sheets in the 1974 Volume 3 issue about the 1957 Boy Scout and the 1958 Second Postal Week sheets. Each of these sheets has a variety that is very rare and these varieties are missing in most of the Korean collections. This author would […]

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The Semiotics of Postage Stamps: Tiny Bits of Paper as Government Documents

There are many ways of collecting and studying postage stamps – for their intrinsic collectable interest, for thematic interests, as a representative of the history of the postal service in different countries, and many other aspects. One approach which I follow is to examine the semiotics of the design of stamps. That is, what is […]

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Whitlatch’s “Silver Anniversary of Japan’s Annexation of Korea” cachet

While looking at the website some time ago I saw an early membership card and a short article on early members. I noticed that I was listed as the oldest current member number – #58. It caused me to look around for some interesting Korea items and I found my 1959 membership card – signed […]

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