Comments on the 1962 airmail and regular issues


(In response to KPs request for additional information about the new airmail and regular issues reported in this month’s New Issues, Dr. Hale has kindly sent the following interesting comments. — Ed.) Concerning the air mail stamps, the present postal rates are as follows: 200H is for mail to Formosa, Hong Kong, Japan, and other close places. The 400H is for the balance of Asia and the U. S. A, . However, these stamps don’t cover all possibilities. 320H is needed for Alaska, Burma, Laos, Thailand, etc. , 570H is needed for Europe. The 50H and 100H are filler-ins to help cover some of the differences.

I don’t know how many of our readers are aware that here in Korea, air mail stamps are also used for non-air mail very often, and hundreds of the air mail stamps are used without getting into an airplane.

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The 100H design shows two drums. These drums are most commonly used at festivals in good crop years. The idea behind this design is probably an emphasis of production and abundance. There is no indication at present from the Postal Department that these three stamps are ushering in a new series.

From KP Vol. XI No. 1 February 1962
This article was originally published in Korean Philately Vol. XI No. 1 (February 1962). The H used with the stamp values (“30H”) means hwan, which was the currency of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) between 15 February 1953 and 9 June 1962. The editor of the KP at the time was Robert Jones. The stamps shown here were not part of the original article, they are from Robert Finder’s collection. By February 1962 the official exchange rate was 1250 hwan to one US dollar.
Lyman Hale
Lyman L. Hale Jr., M.D. (1921-2019) was a longtime KSS member, also editor of KP. Lived in Korea between 1958 and 1986.

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