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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The 1933 Korean Christmas Seal

The Christmas/TB seal program was very successful in 1932 with the seals being sold-out and raising funds for the fight against tuberculosis in Korea. The United Christmas Seal Committee, headed by Dr. Sherwood Hall, and supported by Korea Medical Missionary association, the Korean Nurses Association and other groups, continued the seals program in 1933. It […]

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How the Korean Seals Began in 1932 And How to Determine the Differences between the 1936 Reprint

The Korean seals known most widely as Christmas and New Year seals are actually tuberculosis seals. Dr. Sherwood Hall, who was born in Seoul Korea in 1893, devoted his life to medical missions with his wife, Dr. Marian B. Hall in Korea. Dr. Hall was the founder of the first tuberculosis hospital, “School of Hygiene […]

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Post WWII and the use of Japanese Showa stamps in South Korea (part 2)

Following Part-1 of this article in the issue No. 169 of Kiku Shimbun, I have acquired a new and important item for my Showa period collection during my recent visit to Tokyo and the JAPEX’2016 exhibition, this being a Postal Charges Receipt form illustrating the usage of overprinted stamps issued for use in South Korea by […]

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Story of the Rarest Korean Christmas Seal and the Japanese Military Confiscation before WWII in 1940

The rarest Korean Christmas seal is the “unissued” Children and Snowy Mountains of 1940. The brief story how it became rare is told by Stephen Hasegawa in the following article that is in his 2006 catalogue of “Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Christmas and New Year Seals of Korea”. As noted in the article, in 2006, only […]

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