The Unexpected Popularity of Pre-1952 Republic of Korea Stamps

If you’re an avid stamp collector, or even if you’re just dabbling in the fascinating world of philately, there’s a corner of the stamp universe that might surprise you with its allure and value. We’re talking about pre-1952 Republic of Korea stamps, which, according to Henry Gitner and Rick Miller in this month’s “Stamp Market […]

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A Remarkable Foreign Postal Matter (Korea – Holland 1900)

The turn of the 20th century brought with it many marvels, not the least of which was the intricate and expansive postal system that connected even the most distant lands. Among the fascinating postal artifacts from this era is an envelope sent in the year 1900, corresponding to various calendars as Dan-Gee 4233, Kwang-Mu 4, […]

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The year in stamps: 1955 “Starting the road out of war”

South Korea in 1955 was a year of both progress and challenges. The country was still recovering from the aftermath of the Korean War, but there were signs of growth and development. While the political situation remained tense, the people of South Korea continued to work hard to rebuild their lives and build a better […]

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North Korea: Problems prepaying the post-armistice airmail rates, 1953-1956

At some date after the signing of the Armistice on 27 July 1953, for reasons known only to the North Korean postal administration, a decision was made to introduce an airmail fee of 75 won. That this was likely due to the huge influx of members of the two Neutral Nations Commissions (NNRC and NNSC) […]

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Korea Unification Symbol Destroyed. But It Lives On In Stamps

At the end of January 2024, information appeared in the world media that a huge monument – the Arch, symbolizing the possible unification of North and South Korea – the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, was destroyed. The arch was erected in 2001, a year after the inter-Korean summit (the inter-Korean declaration was […]

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Japanese era postcard showing statistics with a twist

The postcard presented here is a significant historical artifact that encapsulates a critical period in Korea’s history under Japanese colonial rule. The intricate design of the postcard, adorned with a traditional Korean structure and overlaid with statistical graphs, belies the grim narrative that the data represents—a narrative of a population under the strain of foreign […]

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Is this a good chance to add these dream items to your collection?

In the world of stamp collecting, the interest in historical stamps is clear, particularly those from Korea that date back to 1884. This article looks at Korea’s first issued 5 and 10 mun stamps, highlighting the controversies and questions over the authenticity of cancellations on these stamps by describing a few items from recent auctions.

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The year in stamps: 1954 “The first post-war year”

South Korea in 1954 was a nation that had just emerged from the turmoil of the Korean War. Although peace had been restored, the country was still struggling to rebuild and recover from the devastation caused by the war. Despite the challenges, the people of South Korea were determined to move forward and rebuild their […]

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The year in stamps: 1953 The signing of the Armistice Agreement

The year 1953 was a significant one in the history of South Korea. The country was still in the throes of the Korean War, which had been raging since 1950, but the situation had begun to stabilize as the two sides continued negotiating a ceasefire. Meanwhile, life for ordinary Koreans continued, albeit with significant challenges […]

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The Historic Significance of a Postal Cover from 1895

In a fascinating glimpse into the postal history of the late 19th century, a cover adorned with a unique combination of stamps provides a snapshot of the era’s postal practices. This particular cover, totaling 40 poon in postage, is comprised of stamps in denominations of 5, 10, and 25 poon. This combination precisely met the […]

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Postal stations and mapae as a means of communication before the implementation of modern postal services

Korea’s official postal system was established around 487 AD. The purpose of this system was for the central government to issue orders to local government offices. This is called the postal station system.

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Old Korean newspapers with 1900 cancellations on 1 poon surcharged stamps

The Korea post office ordered an ordinance to use 1 poon stamp for mailing newspapers in 1900. Yet there were no stamps with a 1 poon value, so the post office surcharged 1 poon on the existing 1895 Tae-Guk stamps and let them be used until the new 1 poon stamps will be published. Those […]

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Booklet of North Korean Stamps from the Period before the Siege of Pyongyang

What a wonderful feeling to find something new, a philatelic treasure, a real “philagem”. And how wonderful to be able to add a stamp to your collection of which only 2 copies exist, or add both! A wonderful philatelic discovery, from a troubled era, from the philately of a closed country! The feeling when we […]

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