The 1935 Korean Christmas and New Year Seal

In 1935, the Korean United Christmas Seal Committee released a new design that was larger than previous seals. This seal shows two girls playing on a seesaw while another child watches, with the Diamond Mountains, a well known landscape and tourist attraction in northern Korea, in the background. The jumping on the seesaw, to propel […]

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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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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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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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Korean revenue stamp multiples: to separate or not?

The KSS has a long tradition of answering reader questions. Members (and also non-members) have in the past asked about unknown stamps, variations, perforations, dates of publication, etc. Examples of such questions can be found on the KSS website as well. Here is a question from Al Sedita regarding Korean revenue stamps. 

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