Illustrator of 2019 Christmas seals interviewed

The Korean National Tuberculosis Association interviewed the illustrator who created this year’s Christmas seals, Ahn Sol (안솔). The seals show the Haenyeo (해녀) of Jeju island, the women who dive for seafood around the coast of the island. Ahn Sol created the artwork for the seals while staying for a couple of months on the […]

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New Variety of Fifth Year Souvenir Sheet Noted

In the article of December 28, 2018, on the KSS website discussing the 1936 Korean Christmas and New Year seal, there was also information given about “The Fifth Year Souvenir Sheet”. These souvenir sheets were used by Dr. Hall’s Christmas seal committee to promote the sale of the seals. It was noted that there were […]

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KNTA shows Sherwood Hall’s turtle ship drawing

In a recent blog post the 대한결핵협회 / Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) shows Sherwood Hall’s turtle ship drawing, which was a subject proposed for his first Christmas seals. In the end this idea was not used and another seal was released. Interestingly this version of the drawing is slightly different from the one in […]

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KNTA also celebrates independence day

The 대한결핵협회 / Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), known for issuing the Korean Christmas seals since 1949, also published some materials related to both the March 1 movement of 1919, 80 years ago, as well as the 74th anniversary of Korean independence from Japan in 1945. That’s a lot of anniversaries in one sentence!

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Strong Demand Continues for Korean Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year Seals

What surprises many stamps collectors who do not collect Korean stamps is the strong demand and high prices for the early Korean Dr. Hall (1932-1940) and post WWII late 1940’s to early 1950’s Tuberculosis (TB)/Christmas and New Year seals. Because of the Korean problem with TB and Dr. Sherwood Hall’s program to issue these seals […]

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Dr. Hall Was a Stamp Collector Too!

Dr. Sherwood Hall, the creator of the Korean tuberculosis Christmas and New Year seals, was an avid stamp collector. His hobby of collecting of stamps, besides his knowledge of how the seals successfully raised money in other countries to fight tuberculosis, probably contributed to his original idea to promote the seals in Korea to fight […]

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Follow-Up to Dr. Hall’s Smithsonian Collection Article

In the December 15, 2018 article on Dr. Hall’s donation of his Christmas seal collection to the Smithsonian Institute in 1972, it was noted that the collection had been found at the request of the author. It had been moved to the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC in 1993. It was written that the […]

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Dr. Moon Chang-Mo Resurrects Korean TB/Christmas New Year Seal Program In 1949

The program begun by Dr. Sherwood Hall, who had been born in 1893 in Korea to Methodist missionaries and doctors, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis (TB) in Korea by issuing Christmas and New Years seals, ended in 1940, as the Japanese forced him to leave the country. It would not be until 1949 that […]

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The 1940 Korean Christmas and New Year Seal: Last Year of Dr. Hall’s Seals in Korea

From a collector’s standpoint, the 1940 issued seal is very simple. For the officially issued 1940 seal there is only one design, one type of booklet with 5 panes of 10 (5 x 2), one type of sheet of 25 (5 x 5) and two postcards designs. As with the 1939 issues, the postcards are […]

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2018 Christmas Seals (stamps and related products)

With all the recent publications on the 1930s/1940s Christmas seals on the KSS website by Robert Finder one might forget that these Christmas seals are not only interesting from a historical point of view. They are actually still around, being published every year! However, most publicity is available only to a Korean speaking audience. To […]

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The 1938 Korean Christmas and New Year Seal: Boys Playing Shuttlecock

The 1938 Korean Christmas and New Year seal program differs from past years in that there were two different booklet sizes. Other than the different booklets, there were sheets of 25 (5 x5) and two postcards designs. Some observers believe that the previous year program, 1937, was the peak in popularity and sales of Dr. […]

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2018 Christmas Seals win The Union second prize

The 2018 Christmas Seals produced by the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (대한결핵협회 / KNTA) won the second prize at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in The Hague (The Netherlands) by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (“The Union” / IUATLD). Heritage and Organisational Members from nine countries, such as India, Hong Kong and […]

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Dr. Hall’s Christmas and New Year Seal Collection Donation to the Smithsonian

In reading old issues of Korean Philatelic (KP) before scanning for the new KSS website, I noticed that Dr. Sherwood Hall’s personal collection of Christmas and New Year’s seals was donated to the Smithsonian Institute in 1972. I was not even aware of this collection. Then in the May, 1974 issue of the KP, James […]

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