Bank payment slip with revenue stamp showing missionary activity in Korea in 1970

Revenue stamps

This document shown here is a payment slip dated February 23, 1970, for the sum of 21,912 won, payable to Robert Roth. This transaction took place through Chohung Bank, located at Kwanghwa-mun, Seoul, and was associated with the Methodist World Mission Korea. The precision of the amount suggests that it was not a standard donation, which would likely have been in a round figure like 20,000 or 25,000 won. The exact nature of the payment is not clear, but it could represent accumulated cash donations.

At the time of the transaction, the sum of 21,912 won might not convey its value in today’s terms. However, a rough estimation indicates that it would be approximately equivalent to 90,000 won in current value. The payment slip includes a revenue stamp worth 10 won, further indicating the official nature of the transaction.

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5 thoughts on “Bank payment slip with revenue stamp showing missionary activity in Korea in 1970

  1. Yes, the blue printed receipt was issued by Chohung Bank (朝興銀行) of Seoul.

    But the two lines violet handstamp in chinese characters (hanja) above the revenue stamp says:
    (“incorporated”, in 4 smaller letters top left) 第一 銀行 or No. 1 Bank / 原州支店 Wonju branch.
    原州 is Wonju, the city in the SW corner of Gangwon province.
    The text in the top right of the printed framed means “credit to bank” followed by the two line hs. mentioned.
    Perhaps this was an account of the Methodist missionaries at Wonju.

    It appears that the amount was accepted

  2. Herr Eichhorn,
    I know you and your expertise quite well. But it is a fresh surprise to me.
    Even though there are lots of foreign experts of the Korean philately, there
    are really few people who understand Chinese characters. If you are available
    offline or online, we would like to make an interview with you with an emphasis
    on the Korean philately in Germany or current German market situations in the
    vortex of the global philately crisis.

  3. Dear Jin Hur,

    well, that all started in 1980. Around the time I was at the university, eager to learn. And disposed my mint collection of Japan (postwar, not impressive) and started collecting postmarks of Japan. Soon I could not easily identify some placenames: they were in Korea, Taiwan, Kwangtung/Kanto…colonialist period. So at the university, I added japanese language courses, including kanji (hanja) of course. In 1982 I received a large stash of “The Japan Philatelist”, “Kansai Yushu”. ec. To get a use of the contents was another stimulus. I opened subscription and bought literature..still do. Soon I “advanced” from postmark friend to cover/card amateur. Korea followed in 1983. That still includes hanja postmarks of old Korea. Postmarks of mainland China started as a sideline in the 1990s.
    In the end we may call it a student folly. But had consequences an was (and) is a happy trail to pursue.
    In Germany there are very few Korea collectors and all by catalog# only. Mostly they are “general Asia” collectors.
    Some top PRChina collectors include North Korea as a sort of sideline as politically they consider it as PRC protectorate.
    The problem of “ageing” of philatelists exists outside of Asia as well.
    Nowadays there are so many possibilities for entertainment.
    Young people here and everywhere are addicted to digital media from a certain age and love speedy things: seems they prefer to change interests monthly. This is also a problem for other organized interests like sport clubs. After ca. six weeks, many young persons “jump” to do something else. This is what is regularily seen in our sports club. What helps are teams which encourage each other and provide fun of a peer group, simply what artificial digital stuff can not give.

    But even in the pre.internet times, more deep and relaxed hobbies only came once people had passed education, got job and family and “settled down”. Then looking for some peacefull, quiet things and rediscover enjoying e.g. stamps.
    Trying to hook them for philately at age 17/30 is mostly a lost case. Because there are othere things to do.
    So I observed, that one can only lay some seeds/roots with stamp fun for young people and hope they come back at around 30 years of age…or 40…
    As teenies and 20somethings most of them have other focus. This is a fact of life.
    But I am not active in youth philately. These are only my private observations.

    Nowadays many elder philatelists in Germany are angry regarding “decline of philaely” and “collections loosing value”.
    They are looking for “culprits” and mainly attack german philatelic organizations, for lack of dedication and so on.
    These are illusions, a waste of time. The circumstances of the past (with the tide in the 1980s) will not come back. Many of them saw stamps bought by subscription as a sort of investment for the “man of the street”. This thinking is hopelessly outdated.
    Philately must adjust to the present and use opportunities of the internet age, like this website.
    Or participating in “zoom” presentations by specialists, discussions ec.

    best regards
    F. Eichhorn

  4. Thank you so much. This short answer must be enough informative and challenging for me to make an article in “Woopyo”. Maybe I would like to ask more couple of questions. May I ask you to let me know about your email
    and mailing address? …….Ich bedanke mich dafuer dass Sie eine wunderbare soziologische Vorstellung im Bezug
    mit heutiger Philatelis-Situation dargestellt haben. Vielen Dank. Auf wiedersehen.

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