North and South Korean Issues During the Korean War: Ideological Conflict

Much has been written on the logistics, causes, and effects of the Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953). Charles Armstrong was correct to assert that the Cold War was a campaign of propaganda and psychological warfare,1 with the Korean War being no exception. It was not just a physical conflict, it was […]

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KPC3464: The 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri. This battle, more commonly known for the Chinese name of the same location as the Battle of Qingshanli, was fought over six days in October 1920 between the Imperial Japanese […]

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Postal Stationery presented to the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army in North Korea 1952-3 (Part II)

The Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPV) had entered North Korea in October 1950, in response to the perceived threat to the year-old People’s Republic of China from the rapidly-advancing UN forces during the fifth month of the Korean War. The swift advances made by the (North) Korean People’s Army after they crossed the 38th Parallel […]

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KSC5286-5290: 75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 October 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and cards to commemorate the “75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea“. The KSC states “The WPK founded by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung has strengthened and developed into an […]

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KPC3462-3463: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ssireum)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 8 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating the Korean sport of Ssireum (씨름), a form of wrestling. “Ssireum is a traditional folk game and sport of Korea in which two people, each grabbing the satba (belt made of long cotton cloth) wrapped around the other contestant’s […]

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Update on the Korea 1940 Unissued Dr. Hall’s Tuberculosis (TB)/Christmas and New Year Seal

We saw in the article posted on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website on January 23, 2020, that there had been the exciting find of two covers sent from Korea with the unissued 1940 TB/Christmas and New year seal. These were found in the USA by a member of the family of a Christian missionary […]

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KPC3460-3461: 100th Anniversary of the Death of Martyr Yu Gwansun

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 28 September 2020 KoreaPost issued two stamps (with accompanying sheets) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martyr Yu Gwansun”. According to her Wikipedia lemma, Yu Gwansun (Ryu Gwansun) was an organizer in what would come to be known as the March 1st Movement against Imperial Japanese colonial […]

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Korean Philatelic Center – Standing Order Accounts

In 1984 I established a standing order account with the Korean Philatelic Center (KPC) for all new commemorative and definitive stamp issues including souvenir sheets. This account was initiated by writing a personal check in $US to the KPC with a payee as instructed. I am not fluent in Korean so the process used was […]

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KSC5279-5280: Historical Relics

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 18 September 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps showing “historical relics”. The KSC writes “Historical relics including Nam Gate of Taesongsan Fortress and Kwangbop Temple are the valuable treasures of the country showing the time-honoured history and brilliant culture of the Korean nation […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 5)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Korean National Tuberculosis (TB) Association Presentation Booklet 2014

Recently I joined the Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society, and as a result a fellow Aussie, Mr. Ivan Krell, who collects Christmas seals, contacted me to see if we could exchange any Christmas seals.  He wasn’t aware of our Korea Stamp Society, so now he has access to some more detailed information about Korean […]

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Postal Stationery presented to the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army in North Korea 1952-3 (Part I)

The Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPV) had entered North Korea in October 1950, in response to the perceived threat to the year-old People’s Republic of China from the rapidly-advancing UN forces during the fifth month of the Korean War. The swift advances made by the (North) Korean People’s Army after they crossed the 38th Parallel […]

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South Korea’s Early Proof and Presentation Sheets Addendum

One area of collecting of Korean philatelic material that is out of reach financially (and availability) are the proof and presentation sheets that South Korea issued in very limited numbers beginning with the 1946 set honouring the Liberation from the Japanese. These were never listed in Scott’s because they were not sold to the public […]

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Soviet-era singer on a 1999 Russian stamp shows history of Korean people in USSR

For philatelists interested in the subject of “Korea” the link between Koreans living in the former Soviet Union and philately has to do mainly with the subject of mail sent to (North) Korea from Sakhalin. Until 1945 the south of the island was part of the Japanese empire and when the Japanese evacuated the southern […]

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