Cinderellas and (Christmas) Seals

Another Type of Korea Methodist Seal

In an earlier article on 17 August 2019 posted on the Korea Stamp Society’s website, we wrote about the Methodist’s 50th anniversary in Korea. Dr. Sherwood Hall, the creator of Korea’s first Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year’s seal in 1932 also designed this seal. A number of examples of these seals used on mailings from Korea […]

One Example of Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year Envelopes and Letters Stationery

Eventually we will publish a full description of the Dr. Sherwood Hall’s known Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year envelopes and letters stationery. This article gives a brief introduction of a set of stationery used personally by Dr. Sherwood Hall when thanking a friend in Fayetteville, Arkansas for some stamps and covers that were sent to Dr. […]


A small study of a small booklet

On April 20, 1974 the South Korean Ministry of Communication released the third booklet of stamps in a smaller size than the two previous booklets (82x55mm). This was the first and only stapled panes booklet as the two others had the stamp panes stitched to the cover. This was also the last of the 30 […]

South Korean booklets and color bars (V)

This is Part 5 of the BOOKLETS WITH COLOR BARS article. On 1/24/1994 the Ministry issued the first “Portable Booklet” to commemorate the 21st U.P.U. Congress (3rd issue). This issue started the color bars for a total of 15 issues through 3/27/1996. All of these were in the “Portable Booklet” format. For explanation see part […]

First Day Covers (FDCs)

Return of Chinese prisoners of war (1954)

Towards the end of the Korean War the issue of when and where to repatriate prisoners of war was a major problem. One year after the release in January 1954 from prisoner-of-war camps of Chinese troops in South Korea, Taiwan (or the “Republic of China”/ROC) issued a series of special stamps. The 1955 official Taiwan […]

Usage Of Recently Issued Commemoratives? (2)

Recently when I bought some stamps from a Korean dealer through Ebay I received an envelope with some very recently issued commemoratives on it. This time the same seller went further and not only used the most recent stamps issued, but he actually created an FDC while doing so! 

Military Mail

Dutch New Guinea Forces in Korean War

A member from the Netherlands philatelic group, the ZWP Study Circle, Han Dijkstra, helped me and Ivo Spanjersberg write an article about the postal history of New Guinea and detailed information about the postal issues of the United Nations “UNTEA” forces during the turnover of West New Guinea to Indonesia in the early 1960’s.

Military Mail from Belgian UN-troops during the Korean War

Belgium, together with Luxembourg, sent a UN-contingent to Korea in 1951. This contingent, the Belgian United Nations Command (BUNC), consisted exclusively of volunteer soldiers: 3.171 Belgians and 78 Luxembourgers.

Revenue Stamps

Series of alcohol tax revenue stamps sample pages show up on Kobay

In recent months a seller on Kobay has been selling individual pages with sample revenue stamps on them. The pages seem to be a 1960s/1970s set of samples which were sent to relevant authorities to be able to check which stamps were needed for which product. But who knows more about these stamps? Or has […]

Incheon local revenue stamps

I made a state-side trip in September, to Seattle, and since my return have been too busy and also have not had an opportunity to add much in the way of information on Korean revenues, until just the other day. A few days ago I was in Pusan, and obtained some of the Inchon City […]

Stamp Sheets

South Korea’s Early Proof and Presentation Sheets Addendum

One area of collecting of Korean philatelic material that is out of reach financially (and availability) are the proof and presentation sheets that South Korea issued in very limited numbers beginning with the 1946 set honouring the Liberation from the Japanese. These were never listed in Scott’s because they were not sold to the public […]

Korean cartoon “Gobau Inspiration” (1950 – 2000)

“고바우 영감” or “Gobau Inspiration” was a cartoon series created by Kim Sung-hwan (김성환) wich first appeared in the weekly magazine Manga Shinbo (만화신보) in 1950. From February 1, 1955 Gobau was serialized in the Dong-a Ilbo, an important national newspaper. In 1980, the cartoon moved after 25 years to the Chosun Ilbo, another national […]

Other stamps

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 […]

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, […]