(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.
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.