Taxe Perçue and North Korea: why use TP labels?


Sometime in 2021 Willem van der Bijl sent us these photos. Do you recognize these and know anything in particular about them? Such as period of usage etc. And do you perhaps own such items as well? I would love to see the TP labels you’ve got. Are they the same or are there more designs than the ones Willem van der Bijl showed?

Fig. 1: Blue TP label.
Fig. 2: Red TP label, doubles as airmail label.

Anthony Bard, a highly specialized DPRK Korean War era collector, gave us this comment on the TP labels:

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