Soviet Bloc Charity Seals for North Korea—More Information

Late last year when I was looking for some information on the internet about the South Korea Relief seals issued by Germany, I discovered that I did not know that the Soviet Bloc countries also began to raise funds for North Korea Relief during the Korean War. I wrote an article for the Korea Stamp […]

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Countries’ stamps that supported North and South Korea during or near the end of the Korean War

We have previously posted articles on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website about charity seals that were issued by Soviet Bloc countries which supported North Korea during the Korean War. And a follow up article on these charity seals was published in the Korean Philately magazine Vol. 58, No. 2 (2022).

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The special registration stamp and envelope (1961)

The special registration envelope and stamp illustrated here are used to mail currency and valuables within Korea only. The white envelope, 5″ x 9″ has an inner envelope made of paper of the same type used to cover doors and windows. Money, bonds, jewelry, and other valuables can be mailed in this. Money is not […]

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Buyer Beware: The 1948 Observatory Issue and 1951 Surcharge

Another Korean issue that confuses collectors and dealer alike is the 1948 issue that pictures the Cheomseongdae Observatory, (Hangul: 첨성대) in Gyeongju, South Korea. The tower is said to be the oldest astronomical observatory in Asia, and maybe in the world, according to Wikipedia. It was built during the reign of Queen Seondeock of Silla, […]

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Do These Korean Stamps Really Exist? Time for a Quick Update.

Previously, in the forum, I had posted the comment/question highlighted below, about whether some of the Korean stamps I have been looking for to add to my collection, really exist. My research began in earnest when I began to help the KSS find the old missing Korean Philatelic (KP) magazines so that they can be […]

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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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Usage of recently issued commemoratives?

Ever wondered whether all these commemoratives issued by postal services are really used postally? Of course you have, as a collector you simply can’t have missed all these (expensive!) series of commemoratives being offered from all over the world. Do places like Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Tuvalu or Vanuatu really need so many stamps? […]

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Receipt for unpaid or insufficiently paid mail

The front cover of Kiku Shimbun 169 (August 2016) features a rare item of Japanese postal history from North Korea. Following the end of WWII and the Japanese Surrender, USA Forces moved into Seoul, Korea, whilst Soviet Forces move from Manchuria in the northern parts of Korea, both of these subjects and the eventual division […]

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