A brief biography of Helen Kingsbury Zirkle (1898 – 1976)

My interest in Chinese stamps has focused for the past few years on Manchukuo. During this time I have collected a number of books that have aided my research and one of the most useful has been a book with the catchy title “The Postage Stamps and Commemorative Cancellations of Manchoukuo/Manshukoku, Manchou Tikuo, Manchukuo”, written […]

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Download (KSS members only): “Handbook of Philatelic Forgeries – Korean Empire”

One of the most challenging aspects of collecting Korean stamps is that there are many forgeries/counterfeits/fakes of both the stamps as well as the overprints and cancellations of the early “Empire” issues from 1884 to 1900. Very often, the stamps, overprints and the cancellations can all be forgeries. Fortunately, there are few or none known […]

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Download (KSS members only): “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog Errata”

In 1986/1987 KSS member John J. Sauer published “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”. This 32 page publication can be download on the KSS website. A 2 page update to the original publication was published some time after as an addendum.

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Post Offices in Korea – December 1906

The primary intent in creating this list of post offices is to aid philatelists and researchers in the identification of postmarks used in Old Korea during the Japanese period. For the average Western philatelist not familiar, or somewhat familiar with Chinese characters, reading cancels or postal addresses can be a daunting task. This task is […]

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Download (KSS members only): “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”

In 1986/1987 KSS member John J. Sauer published “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”. This 32 page publication was published according to the front-page “in lieu of the missing volumes and partial volumes of the past three years”. 

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KSS Monograph 2: Korean English Philatelic Glossary

First published as a for print publication by Stanley Kim in 1993, this glossary is now being developed in digital form. Originally meant “to assist collectors using either Korean or English to organize their collections, literature, and their own write-ups for exhibitions or just in their albums” it can these days also be used especially […]

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Korean Railroad Commemorative Ticket Traffic Card Catalogue

Question: what do railway tickets and stamps have in common? Answer: not much, unless they come in stationary made exclusively for the tickets. Which is what is shown, amongst all the tickets of course, in the “Korean Railroad Commemorative Ticket Traffic Card Catalogue”, published on March 26 2013. 

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Download (KSS Members Only): Korean Stamp Catalog (Luther Dilley, 1961)

One of the most detailed catalogs for Korean stamps (not including the Korean Empire), was published for the first time in September, 1959 by Commander L.L. Dilley , USN (Ret.). Commander Dilley, seen here in a photo from World War II, was in the Cryptanalysis Section of Fleet Radio Unit Pacific (FRUPAC) based in Hawaii, […]

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Download (KSS members only): “Monograph 3: The Postal History of the Korean War 1950-1953”

In 2000 the KSS published a monograph, the third in the series of KSS monographs, titled “The Postal History of the Korean War 1950-1953”. Written by Robert W. Collins, this monograph is no longer readily available. As a service to KSS members a scanned version of this document is available online. Some examples and texts […]

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Download (KSS Members Only): “The Christmas-Tuberculosis Seals of Korea”

In August, 2018, Helen Zirkle’s publication “Philatelic handbook for Korea, 1884-1905”, which was published in 1970, was added to the KSS website for the members to peruse and download. Earlier, in 1966 Ms. Zirkle also wrote for the Korea Stamp Society one of the first comprehensive publications of the Korean seals, called “The Christmas-Tuberculosis Seals of […]

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2002 Edition of North Korean Stamp Catalogue

After ten years since the first edition of this full color(!) catalogue of North Korean stamps, the third edition was published by the Korea Stamp Corporation, Pyongyang, in 2003. Chronologically, the first edition was published early in 1993, containing up to #3277, the winners of 25th Olympic Games, issued December, 1992, and consisted of the […]

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“De postgeschiedenis van het Belgisch-Luxemburgse vrijwilligerskorps in Korea 1950-1955” by Henri Smets

Originally published in French as “Histoire postale du Corps de Volontaires Belgo-Luxembourgeois en Corée” in 2002 by Henri Smets a Dutch translation by W. Major was published in that same year. Titled “Postgeschiedenis van het Belgisch-Luxemburgs Vrijwilligerskorps voor Korea” the Dutch version contains 165 numbered pages with philatelic information on the Belgian and Luxembourg UN […]

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Download (KSS members only) “Philatelic handbook for Korea, 1884-1905” by Helen Zirkle

In 1970 the “Philatelic handbook for Korea, 1884-1905” was published by The Collectors Club in their series of handbooks as handbook number 23. Written/compiled by Helen Zirkle and others it was published in 1970 and was, at the time, one of the very few specialized books about Korean philatelic history. 

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Stamp & Coin Mart: “The Hermit Kingdom”

An introductory article about North Korean stamps was published in Stamp & Coin Mart (July 2018 edition). Written by Christ West it was introduced as: “As North and South Korea take tentative steps towards reconciliation, Chris West looks back on the history of the region and the stamps issued by one of the world’s last […]

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Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Christmas and New Year Seals of Korea 1932-1940 catalogue

Published privately in 2006 by Stephen J. Hasegawa the “Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Christmas and New Year Seals of Korea 1932-1940” catalogue is even today still the only publication listing in-depth the seals published by Dr. Sherwood Hall in Korea in the 1930s. 

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Korean Stamp Catalogue (1946 – 2015) (조선우표목록)

The most recent edition of the (DPRK/North) Korean Stamp Catalogue or “조선우표목록” is the 10th edition (2016) containing all the stamps published by the DPRK between March 1946 and early November 2015. This catalogue was first reviewed by Taizo Maeda in the August 2003 edition of the KP (Vol. 49, No. 3). 

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