Association of National Olympic Committees Stamp Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the sixth article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This booklet is about the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) assembly meeting in Seoul on April 21, 1986 about the upcoming 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

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A very early post-war philatelic cover issued for the landing at Incheon in 1945

In line with agreements regarding the planned post-WW2 dismantling of the Japanese Empire reached by the allies at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Japan would be forced to relinquish control of all the territories it had conquered during the war or annexed prior to the outbreak of hostilities (including Korea). Korea would be divided […]

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Question to the KSS about a Presentation Sheet

Recently the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) received a question from the President of the Stamp on Stamp Collectors Club (SSCC), Lou Guadagno, about a presentation sheet that one of their members had obtained. The SSCC, like the KSS, is an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, and was founded in 1954, only two years after […]

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KoreaPost “Postage Stamps of Korean Folkways” booklet

Beginning with this first article by Stewart Steres, a Korea Stamp Society (KSS) Director, on the “Postage Stamps of Korean Folkways” booklet, the KSS is proud to showcase Stewart’s extensive collection of what he calls “South Korean Commemorative and Yearbook” booklets of South Korea over the coming issues of Korean Philately.

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Continuation of the Article on the South Korea Early Postcards of 1946 through 1953

An article on the basic introduction of the use of Japanese postcards through 1946 by South Korea, ended with the issuance of the South Korea’s first own design of a postcard with the unissued 1946 “Liberation” postcard , Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) UPC1; and with that postcard’s first surcharge of May 1, 1947, KPSC […]

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A Basic Introduction to the post-WWII Liberation use of Japanese Postcards in South Korea, 1946-47

Most collectors of South Korean stamps are familiar with the 1946 set of Japanese stamps overprinted for use in US-occupied South Korea and revalued in Korean currency, i.e. cheon. These are listed in the Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) as numbers R1-R6 and in Scott as numbers 55-60. They were issued some months after the […]

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An Excellent Example of a Postally Used South Korean Postcard — Just Before the start of the Korean War

One of our Korea Stamp Society members has the fortune to have in his collection a genuinely postally used postcard that was mailed just before the start of the Korean War in 1950. At the time of the purchase, our member did not realize the significance of the postcard; he was just interested in obtaining […]

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A Post Card from Korea: A Poignant Relic from Colonial Korea

(A recent listing of a postcard on Ebay led to a series of emails amongst active KSS members. James Grayson, who lived for several decades in Korea and knows a lot about the history of churches in Korea, created this text, together with Florian Eichhorn, in answer to the questions raised.) This post card forms […]

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Reusing a 1946 postal card to create a 1950 postal ID

During the Korean War (1950-1953) and for at least a decade after the war South Korea (ROK) was counted amongst the poorest nations in the world. As late as the early 1960s the average Ethiopian or Ugandan was richer than the average South Korean. And yes, even the average North Korean was (probably) richer than […]

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ROK Samiljeol Commemorative Military Post Card used in 1952

Shown here is a military post card used in 1952. The card is a commemorative card, printed to commemorate “Samil Day”. The following extract about Samiljeol is from a 1943 booklet authored by New Ilhan entitled Korea and the Pacific War which was based on a report he prepared for the Office of Strategic Services […]

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Post cards commemorating the ROK 1955 Expo

Two post cards, part of a set commemorating the ROK 1955 Expo. These two post cards were made by the Huimangsa 希望社 · 製 for the industrial exhibition commemorating the tenth anniversary of liberation 解放十週年產業博覽會記念. This refers to August 15, 1945, commemorated in both the ROK and DPRK as the date Korea was liberated from […]

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When the war drums stop, so does the KSC

The Korea Stamp Corporation, the stamp issuing organization of the DPRK (North Korea), generally creates stamp along several lines of themes. One of those common themes is something along the lines of “the eternal fight for the motherland against our enemies”. The thing is: the official feelings towards these enemies, whomever they may be (usually […]

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