The Korea 1962 Christmas/New Year and TB seals


In 1962 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), following 1961’s example, would again introduce multiple seals with four different designs in the Christmas and New Year/TB seal series. The four 1962 seals have one figure with a holiday hat, one design showing cherry blossoms, another showing glass laboratory beakers, and also one designs has a Korean lantern. Unlike the 1961 sheet layout of an uneven number of the different design, the 1962 seals had a like number of each seal type (25) in the sheets of 100 (10 x 10). The 1962 seals were printed by lithograph on un-watermarked paper and the sheets were sold as perforated 12 ½.

Fig. 1: A block of the Korea 1962 Christmas and New Year/TB seals, containg left to right, KPSC CS29,CS30,CS27 and CS28, respectively.

The Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) gives the numbers for these seals as CS27-CS30. The catalog value of the block of four is 10,000 won ($7.70), or 2,500 won ($1.95) each. These 1962 seals were not sold in booklets, but some sheets were broken up as panes of 10 and placed in small envelopes for sales and promotions to customers as in previous years. The 1962 envelope that the panes of 10 were placed in, has written in Korean language a lot of information about the TB program, both on the outside and inside of the envelope. The English translation of the Korean writing on the envelope is presented later in this article. The National Tuberculosis Association produced 15,000,000 seals or 150,000 sheets of 10 and the 1962 seals sold for 3 won each or 12 won for a block of four. The number of seals sold was the highest to date for the Korean TB program with 14,304,576 copies sold or around 143,046 sheets sold. The author does not know what happened to the unsold sheets.

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