2018 Winter Olympics PyeongChang: two years ago

Held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, the 2018 Winter Olympics were a triumph for (South) Korea in two ways. Not only did it show a very modern and well-organized Korea, an image completely different from just one generation ago when Korea was still one of the poorest countries in the world, […]

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Paquebot mail from Dutch frigate during the Korean War

The printed matter (“Drukwerk”) cover shown here was mailed aboard the frigate Hr. Ms. ”Johan Maurits van Nassau” in January 1953. Its destination was Yokohama, Japan. The frigate was on assignment in Korean waters during the Korean War. Upon the frigate’s arrival on January 22, 1953 in Yokohama, Japan the letter was delivered to a […]

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KSC5242: Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 12 April 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a sheetlet commemorating the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. The sheetlet consists of two different stamps, one showing the logo and cup of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, the other showing a participant running the marathon.

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KoreaPost creates corona virus awareness campaign

The current crisis with the corona virus has created the need for the Korean government to make as many Koreans as possible aware of the risk. Currently a series of campaigns raising awareness of how to avoid getting sick is on-going. KoreaPost has joined in by creating this cartoon, a “webtoon”, reminding people to help […]

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Korean Eisenhower Material (1969): Part 2

The death of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) meant a surge of interest in Eisenhower related philatelic material. Eisenhower however had always been relatively popular in Korea, especially because of his support for South Korea during the Korean War and his visit to Korea in the 1950s.

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Korea’s First Post Office Cancel – Don’t Be Misled!

In the summer of 1964 I received the following letter from a French gentleman: “Enclosed is $3000.00 plus in Korea No. l’s and 2’s in singles, pairs and combinations. All stamps are tied on piece and with the exception of one or two stamps the condition is very fine or superb. As I do not […]

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Korean Eisenhower Material (1969): Part 1

The death of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) has meant a surge of interest in Eisenhower related philatelic material. There is an active “American President’s Unit” of the American Topical Association ably handed by Mr. Lauren R. Junez of Plymouth, Michigan. In a recent bulletin of the President’s […]

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Korea’s Postal and Communications System (1941)

(This text was originally published in 1941 and republished in KP XI No. 1 (February 1962). It is here being published again for its historical significance.) Only scant remainders enable us today to retrace the origins of the Korean Postal and Communications System. We do know for a fact, however, that the country’s rulers have […]

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The 1951 provisional inflationary surcharge issues of Korea (1961): Part 4

(Part 4 of 4) The 1951 provisional Korean stamps were issued with overprinted inflationary denominations of 100, 200, and 300 won on the basic stamps whose values range from 4 to 100 won. These overprinted stamps afford not only an exciting challenge to the casual collector, but also an excellent opportunity for specialization by the […]

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