Reader’s Question: Was their a Russian influence on the 1903 Falcon stamps’ design?


(Editor: a question from reader Jim, currently living in South Korea:) “I’m interested in any information about how the 1903 Postes Imperiales Coree stamp came to be designed and authorized for issue, especially in that it seems that this stamp had Russian influence just prior to the Russo-Japanese War as Russia’s involvement in Korea was waning.”

That’s of course a very good question! To start with here are the stamps Jim is talking about, the 1903 Falcon series (KPSC 36-48 / Scott 39-51) from the Korean Empire periodThe stamps shown are in Robert Finder‘s collection, who also added this information:

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