How Stalin and Mao disappeared even from the Soviet map of Pyongyang

One thing leads to another, and before you know it, yet more information comes your way. We have seen this happening time and again in the Korea Stamp Society these last few years. In this particular case: when Willem van der Bijl showed us scans of his collection of DPRK stamp artworks (see KP Vol. […]

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KSC5338-5339: 60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 7 April 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of a stamp and a souvenir sheet commemorating the “60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee”. The text the KSC released for this issue states: “Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the […]

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Reader’s Question: What’s the type of bus on this North Korean stamp?

On the KSS Facebook page someone asked about the KSC195 (Stalin Street): “Is it possible to identify the type of bus?” That’s actually a great question! And also an intriguing challenge. So, we had a look around for an answer. Turns out with a bit of research we actually managed to discover the (very probable) […]

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KSC5320: 79th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 16 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp “to mark the 79th birthday of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il. The stamp reflects Chairman Kim Jong Il’s birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp and Jong Il Peak.”

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How Stalin and Mao disappeared from the map of Pyongyang

After the Second World War quite a few cities in Western democracies had a “Stalin Street”. At the time this was quite understandable: the Soviet Union had from 1941 been an important ally against Nazi Germany. However, these streets disappeared overnight when the Soviet army invaded Hungary in 1956. The Stalinlaan in Amsterdam for instance […]

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KSC5300-5314: Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 December 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps titled “Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea”. As the KSC describes them, these “stamps were issued to reflect the military parade held in celebration […]

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KSC5299: Let us advance vigorously towards the Eighth Party Congress by making the flames of the 80-day campaign flare up!

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 17 November 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating the 19th meeting of the Political Bureau. The KSC stated: “The 19th meeting of the Political Bureau of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea made a crucial decision to wage an 80-day […]

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

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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KSC5286-5290: 75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 October 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and cards to commemorate the “75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea“. The KSC states “The WPK founded by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung has strengthened and developed into an […]

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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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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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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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