Chinese seal on North Korean 1950s cover?


During a 2022 stamp auction a cover showed up with a strange seal on the back of it. The cover was posted in North Korea in 1955, sent to what was at the time Czechoslovakia. The sender was probably a member of the NNSC or “Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission”, the committee which was supposed to keep the peace at the demarcation line between North and South Korea. NNSC mail isn’t particularly scarce, as a matter of fact it is quite common. On both the northern and southern sides of the border the men posted were often bored and many were philatelists. Quite a few of their covers have been saved and are now starting to end up in ever larger numbers in auctions.

Fig. 1: Front of 1955 cover.
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