Statistic picture card showing rail, road and shipping statistics (1922)

Old Korea

This 1922 postcard from the Japanese colonial period in Korea is a compelling historical document, providing a glimpse into the infrastructure and logistics of the era. Specifically, it presents statistics about the transportation network in 1922. The card highlights the extensive railway system, which was approximately 1,200 Ri long, equivalent to around 373 miles or 600 kilometers. This network was vital for the colonial administration to control and develop the territory.

Additionally, the postcard indicates the presence of a significant maritime infrastructure, with shipping tonnage reaching 32,000 tons. This would have been crucial for both trade and the movement of resources between the Korean peninsula and Japan, as well as within Korea itself.

The road network is also detailed, showing a classification into three categories based on quality or importance. The first-class roads spanned about 900 Li (approximately 280 miles or 450 kilometers), second-class roads covered around 2,400 Li (about 746 miles or 1,200 kilometers), and third-class roads extended to approximately 2,900 Li (nearly 900 miles or 1,448 kilometers). The differentiation in road classes likely reflects the varying levels of maintenance and accessibility, which would have impacted the ease of transportation and communication across Korea during the colonial period.

Overall, this statistic picture card from 1922 serves as a historical record of the transportation infrastructure during the Japanese colonial era in Korea, illustrating the scale and organization of the rail, ship, and road networks that supported the colonial economy and administration.

This item is shown on page 1015 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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