KSS Membership

Since 1952 the Korea Stamp Society has been there for all philatelists worldwide interested in philatelic subjects related to Korea. If you want to join the KSS then we have good news for you: until further notice joining the KSS will be for free. You can apply for KSS membership by filing out the KSS membership registration form.

Please note that membership is for free, but not worthless! We review all applications for “seriousness”. While we are not very picky about your philatelic preferences when reviewing your application, any application found to be containing obviously fake or nonsense information is rejected.

If in the future Korea Philately magazine is send to members again membership fees might be reintroduced because of the cost of printing and postage. However, all members will be informed first about a possible change in policy regarding membership fees, meaning you can then decide for yourself whether to remain a member or not.

As a (new) member you will get a free KSS website account. This is needed as a (new) member in order to be able to add content to the website, interact with other KSS website users and see articles which are for KSS members only. Your home address (see registration form fields) is needed because the KSS does occasionally send out information by post to members. We will never share your address information with any third party without your express permission.

After clicking “Submit” in the membership we will review your information. Please allow up to 48 hours for your membership to be confirmed.

This is needed due to European Union regulations. Although the KSS is incorporated in the USA we still feel it is best for us to ask you for your consent.

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KSC5282-5285: Wooden Stamps

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 30 September 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps made out of wood. According to the KSC “the State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK has issued 4 wooden stamps reflecting the national symbols of the DPRK.” The wood from which the stamps have been […]

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KPC3460-3461: 100th Anniversary of the Death of Martyr Yu Gwansun

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 28 September 2020 KoreaPost issued two stamps (with accompanying sheets) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martyr Yu Gwansun”. According to her Wikipedia lemma, Yu Gwansun (Ryu Gwansun) was an organizer in what would come to be known as the March 1st Movement against Imperial Japanese colonial […]

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Korean Philatelic Center – Standing Order Accounts

In 1984 I established a standing order account with the Korean Philatelic Center (KPC) for all new commemorative and definitive stamp issues including souvenir sheets. This account was initiated by writing a personal check in $US to the KPC with a payee as instructed. I am not fluent in Korean so the process used was […]

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KPC3459: 2480 won value (regular issue)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 23 September 2020 KoreaPost released one new stamp for the current regular stamp series with a value 2480 won. This stamp was introduced to fit in with recent changes in the pricing of postal services.

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The “phantom 20” USMG variety

Once again, as John E. Strout’s article from KP Vol. XIII No. 2 (May 1964) demonstrates, we have ample evidence that the philately of Korea is full of pleasant surprises. Insofar as this writer has been able to determine the variety which he describes has never before been brought to the light of day in […]

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KSC5279-5280: Historical Relics

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 18 September 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps showing “historical relics”. The KSC writes “Historical relics including Nam Gate of Taesongsan Fortress and Kwangbop Temple are the valuable treasures of the country showing the time-honoured history and brilliant culture of the Korean nation […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 5)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Korean National Tuberculosis (TB) Association Presentation Booklet 2014

Recently I joined the Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society, and as a result a fellow Aussie, Mr. Ivan Krell, who collects Christmas seals, contacted me to see if we could exchange any Christmas seals.  He wasn’t aware of our Korea Stamp Society, so now he has access to some more detailed information about Korean […]

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Postal Stationery presented to the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army in North Korea 1952-3 (Part I)

The Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPV) had entered North Korea in October 1950, in response to the perceived threat to the year-old People’s Republic of China from the rapidly-advancing UN forces during the fifth month of the Korean War. The swift advances made by the (North) Korean People’s Army after they crossed the 38th Parallel […]

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KPC3455-3458: The style of the hanbok

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 September 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating traditional Korean clothes, known as hanbok. In this particular case the styles are all male hanbok styles from the 1500s to the 1900s. A version showing hanbok for women was released in 2019.

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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 […]

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Soviet-era singer on a 1999 Russian stamp shows history of Korean people in USSR

For philatelists interested in the subject of “Korea” the link between Koreans living in the former Soviet Union and philately has to do mainly with the subject of mail sent to (North) Korea from Sakhalin. Until 1945 the south of the island was part of the Japanese empire and when the Japanese evacuated the southern […]

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KSC5281: Commemoration of the 60th Anniv. of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Cuba

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 29 August 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series to commemorate the “60th Anniv. of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Cuba”. The image is described by the KSC as “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the […]

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Propaganda letter sent to North Korean students in Moscow

The article “Military Postal Correspondence: Korean War, Korean Army Mail to the Soviet Union” by Peter Corson shows a series of North Korean military covers from a philatelic exhibit. But what were these covers about? And what message was sent through such a cover?

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 4)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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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 […]

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KSC5274-5276: 75th Anniv. of Korea’s Liberation

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 15 August 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series to commemorate the “75th Anniv. of Korea’s Liberation”. The KSC tells the story of the “secret base”: “The secret base in the area of Mt Paektu served as the central leadership base, main strategic base, ensuring […]

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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 […]

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New Plate Fault Indentified on Korea Methodist Anniversary Seal

I am pleased to announce that due to the sharp eyes of our former Chairman (and current Publisher) that a new consistent plate fault on the Korea 1934 Methodist Anniversary Seal can be announced. This seal was designed by Dr. Sherwood Hall. While there is no value number on the seal itself, it sold for […]

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KPC3451-3454: Protected Marine Species (3rd)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 July 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the protection of marine species. This is the 3rd series showing protected marine life, both flora and fauna.

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North Korean stamps: examples

To many collectors the basic rule of stamp collecting is to collect quality stamps. Generally speaking that means buying stamps in mint condition which could be used as an investment to fetch top dollar in the future. However, the collection as shown here are simply my stamp purchases done while staying in North Korea. Such […]

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Cover from Dr. Chang-mo Moon Sent In 1953 Is Discovered

To my great surprise, as I was scanning some philatelic material related to Korea’s awareness program to fight tuberculosis (TB) for an upcoming publication, I discovered a cover apparently sent by Dr. Chang-mo Moon in 1953. The cover has a 1953 Korea TB seal pasted on the back of the envelope, which would have been […]

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KSC5273: Sports

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 25 July 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series simply titled “Sports”. The series was issued “to reflect some sports events.”

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1925 cover with company seal

This cover, franked with a Japanese 3-sen definitive (Scott 131) tied with a comb-style cancellation KEIJO/14.7.16 (July 16, Taisho 14 (1925))/6-9 p.m., was sent to Mr. TAKEDA Chobei and Co. in Osaka, Japan, from the Keijo (Seoul) Branch (”京城支店” in rear lower center) of FUJISAWA Tomokichi (“藤澤友吉”), a precursor store of Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd. […]

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Reader’s Question: Was their a Russian influence on the 1903 Falcon stamps’ design?

(Editor: a question from reader Jim, currently living in South Korea:) “I’m interested in any information about how the 1903 Postes Imperiales Coree stamp came to be designed and authorized for issue, especially in that it seems that this stamp had Russian influence just prior to the Russo-Japanese War as Russia’s involvement in Korea was […]

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More About Dr. Hall’s Stamp Collecting And Missionaries in Korea

It is encouraging that we are receiving so much new information from members of the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) and readers of the KSS website. In particular, I have been amazed at all the new information we have been receiving about Dr. Hall and other missionaries in Korea prior to WWII. This article is an […]

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KPC3450: Agency for Defense Development 50th Anniversary

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 July 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Agency for Defense Development (ADD). According to the Wikipedia page for the ADD “the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) is the South Korean national agency for research and development in defense technology, funded by the Defense […]

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A new discovery of early Korean philatelic items

Recently I acquired a piece of black paper with many Korean stamps affixed. The title at the top reads “Korean stamps” in Kanji. The paper is folded into 4 columns. The first column has 3 North Korean stamps, issued in 1946, at the upper part, followed by the wording: “North Korean stamps, issued at Pyongyang […]

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KSC5254-5257: Fish Farming

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 11 July 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series titled “Fish Farming”. The term means according to the KSC: “Fish farming includes artificial incubation of good fish species and breeding fry by industrial methods.”

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Use of APO services by non-military organizations in Korea in the 1940-1950s

Affording missionary organisations the facility of using APO numbers was something that began with the US occupation of South Korea after WW2. The USA Military Government in Korea started its own parallel Army Post Office organisation on landing in September 1945. Approved missionary organisations, together with commercial suppliers to the military (usually Korean subsidiaries of […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 3)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 56 No. 3 (Q3 2020) Published!

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the third KP of 2020. As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free as a PDF. And again, just as was the case with issues no. 1 and no. 2 of this year, you can own a […]

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KPC3449: The 100th Anniversary of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 June 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the “100th Anniversary of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee”. From the Wikipedia page on the committee: “The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (Korean: 대한체육회, Abbr.: KOC) is the National Olympic Committee of Republic of Korea (competing as Korea) for the […]

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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 […]

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The East Asian Mythology’s Chollima

In the article I wrote on the Korean 1952 TB/Christmas seal, I briefly discussed Dr. Moon’s autobiography, “A Fly Stuck to the Tail of Chollima”. As noted in the article, the Chollima is a mythical winged horse originally from Chinese classic literature and is seen across East-Asian literature.

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1913 SPG Postcard showing missionary residence

On Kobay, the Korean version of Ebay, mission history-related philatelic items are often available. Here is one of many of these items – a postcard sent within Great Britain from Grimsby to Skidbrooke on 19 February 1913. Both of these places are coastal towns in north east Lincolnshire. Grimsby is a major fishing port, whereas […]

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KSC5252-5253: Architectural Buildings

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 18 June 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series titled “Architectural Buildings”. The series was issued “to show Medical Oxygen Factory, a modern medical oxygen producer for the public health work of the country, and Mirim Riding Club where the grassroots can enjoy the sporting […]

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The story of the independent independence activists

Notice something about the sheet for stamps KPC3331-3334? Look again. And then again. It’s really there. Yep, it’s a typo. Look at the first English sentence: “indepence”. Very understandable typo, can happen to anybody. So I emailed the philatelic agency and told them about the error. They emailed back after a couple of days, telling […]

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Reader’s Question: Name of designer of 1984 cosmonaut stamp?

(Editor: a question from reader Petr from the Czech Republic:) Do you know who is the stamp designer of the North Korean stamp 1984 year Scott Nr 2429-2431, Michel 2522-2524? The stamp with Tereskhova is important for me, that is with a value of 10. In my exhibit about Tereskhova, I have two original artworks […]

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A Beautiful Cover. A Striking Cover. A Cover of Extreme Importance!

I had the unique opportunity to review prior to its publication the article by Dr. Joel Lee. It is not only a beautiful cover. This Empire Korea cover is a striking example of the postal history of Korea and it is a cover of extreme importance. To the casual observer, not familiar with Empire Korea […]

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