Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) current Publisher/Webmaster, Ivo Spanjersberg, and I are working on issuing a special edition of the Korean Philately (KP). Originally we believed we would prepare a book or ”monogram” that would just cover Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year’s seal program that occurred during the period of 1932-1940.
Dr. Hall, who was also a keen stamp collector, and was very familiar with the various TB Christmas seal programs around the world to raise awareness and funds for fighting TB. The idea of TB seals had started first in Denmark in 1904, and then spread to the USA (1907) and Canada (1908). Even though most people told Dr. Hall that these TB seals would not be popular in Korea, Dr. Hall began a sophisticated and successful marketing program for raising money to help raise awareness of TB, and for obtaining funds through this TB seal program in Korea. Collecting of the TB seals, postcards and Dr. Hall’s stationery would become very popular with Koreans and foreign collectors.
As we published more articles about seals on the KSS webpage, we began to receive more and more information about Dr. Hall’s efforts to fight TB, and also about Dr. Moon- Chang Mo, Dr. Hall’s protégé who devoted his life to fighting TB in Korea and who had resurrected the TB seal program after World War II in 1949. The more we published about Dr. Hall and Dr. Moon, the more we began to receive a number of questions and information through the KSS website about the Christian missionary movement in Korea before WWII.
More questions and information on other missionary seals came to the KSS. These other seals included the Methodist Anniversary seal (as it happens, was designed by Dr. Hall), and the Benedictine Mission Catholic seals. I had also added to my collection a number of Dr. Hall’s personal letters and envelopes which we will be able to show images in the special edition.
With all the information we have now, we believe we will broaden the scope of the “monogram” to include the period through 1952 when Dr. Moon issued the last of the “privately” printed TB seals in Korea. In 1953 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association, of which Dr. Moon was one of the founders, started to issue the TB seals and they have continued to do so to this day. If this special edition is successful, we may do a supplement which would include seals starting with the 1953 TB seals.
If any reader have additional ideas of what we might add to this monogram/book please contact either Ivo or myself through the KSS website.
Below is a series of examples of relevant materials: