Postal and communications routes in Korea (1913)

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Maps play an indispensable role in philatelic research, offering a unique lens through which to explore the intricate tapestry of history and geography that stamps represent. As miniature canvases of cultural and political narratives, stamps are more than just a means of postage; they are a reflection of the changing landscapes, borders, and identities of nations. Maps, with their precise geographical detail and historical context, serve as a key tool in deciphering these narratives, enabling researchers to trace the evolution of territories, understand geopolitical shifts, and contextualize the issuance of stamps within specific epochs and regions.

Moreover, maps illuminate the routes taken by mail over the centuries, shedding light on the historical development of postal systems and their adaptation to geographical challenges. By examining old maps and comparing them to the geographical references on stamps, philatelists can uncover stories of exploration, colonization, and the establishment of trade routes. This not only enriches our understanding of postal history but also highlights the role of stamps in documenting human interaction with the physical world. Through maps, philatelic research transcends the confines of hobbyism to contribute to our broader understanding of global history.

In order to facilitate the study of the philatelic history of Korea just after the turn of the 20th century, here are three maps showing different means of communication on the Korean peninsula in 1913.

Fig. 1: Map of the national network of telegraph lines in Korea in 1913.
Fig. 2: Map of the national network of telephone lines in Korea in 1913.
Fig. 3: Map of postal routes in Korea in 1913.
These maps are shown on pages 568-570 of the book “Chebu”. For more information please see this article published on this book on the KSS website.
Dr. Joel Lee
Born in Korea, Vietnam war participation as ROK marine, Dr. of Ministry, Retired Presbyterian Pastor. 40 years collected for Korea stamps 1884-1905.

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