KSC5251: 70th Anniversary of the International Children’s Day

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 1 June 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a souvenir sheet to mark the 70th Anniversary of the International Children’s Day. The KSC writes that “the International Children’s Day is the international holiday that aims to oppose imperialism, defend peace, protect children’s life and rights and to […]

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KPC3447: International Year of Plant Health

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 29 May 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the “International Year of Plant Health”. As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN states “the United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise […]

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KSC5270-5272: Great General’s March to Mt Paektu

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 25 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series titled “Great General’s March to Mt Paektu”. This series was according to the KSC to commemorate that “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un put forward the great programme for the education in revolutionary traditions, looking round the […]

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Korean Stamp Museum virtual tour makes visiting possible

Because of the corona virus doing the rounds the Korean Stamp Museum is, like so many other such institutes, closed at the moment. However, just a few days ago KoreaPost issued a link on its website to a complete virtual tour of the Korean Stamp Museum. When clicked one starts just outside the museum, underground, […]

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KSC5245-5248: Animal Husbandry

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series showing “animal husbandry“. As the KSC notes “Livestock farming plays an important role in producing delicious, nutritious foodstuffs as well as in providing raw materials for light industry. Moreover, manure, that make crops grow healthy and […]

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Botanic Latin names of 4 tree stamps issued in 2012?

The KSS has an online form through which people (members and non-members alike) can ask questions with regards to Korea and philately. Often we answer these questions directly, but occasionally a question which might even have looked simple when we received it can lead to complete articles containing new information about previously unknown items.

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KPC3446: 100th Anniversary of Duksung Women’s University

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 April 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Duksung Women’s University / 덕성여자대학교. According to its Wikipedia page the school was established in 1920, as part of the drive for improved education which arose out of the March 1st Movement. Its founder […]

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KPC3442-3445: Historic Architecture in Korea – Royal Palaces (Special Edition)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of four stamps showing “Historic Architecture in Korea”, in this particular case (parts of) the royal palaces of Korea. Besides a “regular” set of stamps the stamps were also issued as a set with the same subjects, but with a different printing […]

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KPC3438-3441: Historic Architecture in Korea – Royal Palaces

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of four stamps showing “Historic Architecture in Korea”. In this particular cases the stamps show (parts of) the royal palaces of Korea: the Jagyeongjeon Chamber (경복궁 자경전), Buyongjeong (창덕궁 부용정), Myeongjeongjeon (창경궁 명정전) in Changgyeonggung Palace and Seogjojeon (덕수궁 석조전) in Deoksu […]

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Having fun with the Korean postal services: cancellations

Because of the extreme emphasis of Koreans on education there are, even today in times of digital communications, a lot of stationery shops in Korea. These shops sell hundreds and sometimes even thousands of different products, one of them being whole series of sticker stamps. These stickers look like stamps because of their “perforation” and […]

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KPC3435-3437: Korean Aircraft (2nd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 March 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of three stamps showing aircraft produced in Korea, the second in the series showing Korean aircraft. These aircraft are the KUH-1EM, the KUH-1P and the KUH-1FS, which are all helicopters produced by Korea Aerospace Industries. These helicopters were the result of  the […]

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Reader’s Question: Was this a common type of advertising card at the time?

Recently I bought at a Dutch stamp fair, Winterstamps, this item. It is not particularly valuable, but it did peak my interest because I had not seen this type of item before. Nowadays the Korea Stamp Corporation, the official state run North Korean stamp issuing organization, issues rather small new stamp issue leaflets/brochures.

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Korean paquebot cover from 1953 shows up

In a recent series of reprinted articles several covers with Korean (Busan) paquebot cancellations from the 1950s were shown. One cover was referenced in an article by Talbert Fowler from 1954. This cover apparently came with a strange paquebot marking. The cover showed up recently in an inheritance sale of Korean paquebot covers from a […]

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KSC5268-5269: City of Samjiyon

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued two souvenir sheets showing the City of Samjiyon. The KSC describes the subject of the sheets as “the epitome of the socialist civilization whose architecture strikes the perfect combination of the nationality, modernity and specific feature of the northern tableland.”

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“Missent to Korea” instead of paquebot from Korea

Recently I bought a cover on Ebay with a “Missent from Korea” cachet on it. Since the addressee on the envelope, Gustav Lund, was a very well-known paquebot cover collector it was immediately obvious to me that this was supposed to have been a paquebot cover. But there was no paquebot cachet on the cover. […]

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