The Korea 1973 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

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In 1973 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) program produced a design of  the Christmas/TB seals with only two different images. The two seals depict a Korean boy and girl in traditional Korean dress. The seals were printed by lithography, in sheets of 100 and 50 seals, a souvenir sheet and it said that a postcard was also issued. However, the postcard is extremely rare and it is reported there is only one of these postcards that is known to exist. Why or how that would have occurred is a mystery to the author. The author has not even seen an image of this postcard from 1973.

Fig 1. The Korea 1973 Christmas/TB souvenir sheet of eight pairs of the seals, Korean Postage Stamp Catalog (KPSC) TCS 95-96, depicting stylized images of a Korean boy and girl in traditional dress, KPSC TSC 96a.

The 2022 Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) gives the numbers for the 1973 seals as KPSC CS95-96. The KPSC values the pair of seals at 4,000 won ($3.00). The souvenir sheet, KPSC 96a is valued at 40,000 won ($30). The postcard, TCS 96b, is valued at only 20,000 won ($15), but this value is totally undervalued, and as previously mentioned, only one is known to exist. The author cannot even find an image of one anywhere. If any of our readers know more about this postcard, please let the KSS know as it would be valuable.

In 1973, the KNT once again produced a record number of seals, 41,965,000. The price of a seal was 10 won each or 20 won for the pair. The number of seals sold was also a record number of 37,338,032. This year of 1973 was the fifth consecutive year where the number of seals sold broke the previous year’s record number of seals sold by the KNTA; and with the seals priced at 10 won each, this was also the fifth consecutive record year for revenue from sales of the seals which greatly helped fund the fight against TB. The 1973 seals were not sold in a booklet format.

There is reported that there is at least one type of a sheet of 100 seals of TCS 95-TSC known to exist and there may be others; and at least two different types of the sheets of 50 seals are known. Shown in this article is one of the sheets of 100 and two of the sheets of 50, which the author has in his possession.

The 100 sheet of seals of TSC95-TSC96 is called Plate “A”, and the two 50 sheets of seal are called Plate “A” and Plate “B”, respectively.

Fig 2. The Korea 1973 Christmas/TB Plate “A” sheet of 100 seals consisting of 50 seals of a pair, Korean Postage Stamp Catalog (KPSC) TCS 95-96, depicting stylized images of a Korean boy and girl in traditional dress.
Fig 3. The Korea 1973 Christmas/TB sheet of Type “A” 50 seals consisting of 25 seals of the pair, Korean Postage Stamp Catalog (KPSC) TCS 95-96, depicting stylized images of a Korean boy and girl in traditional dress. There are no marks in the margin on the upper left side of the sheet.
Fig 4. The Korea 1973 Christmas/TB sheet of Type “B” 50 seals consisting of 25 seals the a pair, Korean Postage Stamp Catalog (KPSC) TCS 95-96, depicting stylized images of a Korean boy and girl in traditional dress. There is a cross in the upper left margin with one red line and one blue line.
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2 thoughts on “The Korea 1973 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

  1. These seals are printed by lithography, not by photogravure. However, they always remind me of my childhood. When these seals were distributed, I was a student of 5th grade at elementary school. Mr. Finder, the full sheets of these seals look perfect in terms of the cleanness and mint-condition. I envy you.

    1. Hello Jin Hur, thanks for the information about the printing. I will edit the article and add that information. Also, for the kind comments. I also sold Christmas seals when I was in the fifth grade, although they were religious. Bob

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