Leafing through the catalog of DPRK stamps and analyzing the policy of themes and stories on the stamps, I had several questions. Perhaps you, or other KSS members, can help me with the answer. Starting in 1946 to issue postage stamps with neutral themes (Rosa of Sharon, Diamond Mountains), the postal administration expanded the themes of the stories, celebrating the anniversaries of the country’s liberation, the adoption of laws, the war with the Republic of Korea, friendship with the PRC and the USSR, communist holidays.
The 1946 edition of The 1st Anniversary of Liberation from Japan (with a portrait of Kim Il Sung) stood out from the crowd, the next time the image of Kim Il Sung appeared only in 1961 (The 4th Korean Workers’ Party Congress and 1962 50th birthday Kim Il Sung, 1912-1994). Since 1955, the theme of outstanding historical figures appeared, then the DPRK’s achievements in the economy, art, and sports. The themes of flora, fauna and nature were not forgotten either. Traditional theme, nothing unusual not surprising.
And suddenly 1980 surprised with the releases:
- Conquerors and Explorers,
- The Con queror of the Sea,
- Pioneers of Flight,
- Conquerors of the Universe,
- The 25th Anniversary of First Post-War Flight of Lufthansa,
- The 150th Anniversary of Liverpool-Manchester Railway.
Somehow they did not fit into the traditional theme. But 1981 and 1982 were even more surprising because of these issues: Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. These issues were for instance:
- 1982: The 21st Anniversary of the Birth of Diana, Princess of Wales.
- The 21st Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Diana – Royal
- Wedding Stamps of 1981 Overprinted.
- The 1st Anniversary of the Wedding of Prince and Princess of Wales! Birth of Prince William of Wales.
- Birth of Prince William of Wales – 3-D Stamps.
Why so much attention to these events? I cannot name another country outside the British Commonwealth that has paid so much attention to these events.
At the same time, the theme of friendship with the PRC and the USSR during these years appeared on the stamps of the DPRK only on December 30, 1984: State Visit of President Kim Il Sung in Socialist Countries. Then 1987: The 750th Anniversary of Berlin and International Stamp Exhibition “Philatelia ’87” – Cologne, Germany. How to understand these issues of postage stamps?
An attempt to revise the country’s foreign policy? Domestic policy problems? Or were there any other events?