(Originally published in KP Vol. XLV No. 4 November 1999) I have just finished a casual comparison (I say casual because I did not use a perforation gauge or measuring ruler) of the North Korean train issue of 1976, Michel numbers 1555-1561 and Block 32. The DPRK, Catalogue numbers are 1529-1534 (set), 1535 (s/s), and 1550 (m/s). I did this comparison because, recently, dealers have been complaining about receiving six stamps and not seven stamps as listed in Michel. Well, surprise; Michel has not given the proper information about this issue.
A footnote showing number 1561 as coming from a miniature sheet does not tell the whole story Gibbons gives a footnote that the issue was also available in a miniature sheet form of seven stamps and a label. Better, but not the whole story again. In fairness to Michel, I do not read German and that goes for most other American or Asian dealers. In addition, the Korea Stamp Corporation has not given any information about the printing of this issue.