Bridging Philatelic Worlds: KSS Meets KPF in Seoul

On a warm summer day in Seoul in June 2024, I had the distinct honor of representing the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) in a pivotal meeting with the Korean Philatelic Federation (KPF). The rendezvous took place on the tenth floor of the iconic Gwanghwamun Post Office, a fitting location steeped in postal history since 1906. […]

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Imagine my surprise when the DPRK also printed a postal stationery catalogue!

I started collecting the Postal Stationery of the DPRK as I had one or two clients who were buying North Korean postal history which was all but unobtainable in Western Europe in the 1980’s. After leaving Stanley Gibbons in 1992 to start ‘Carmichael & Todd’, I joined the KSC. I attended, with a stand, the […]

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The Korea Stamp Society at 70 years old – a look back and forward

It seems like only yesterday when I first learned of the Society. As I began collecting, two older established dealers suggested I focus on collecting stamps of the group of countries often identified as “U.S. Possessions”. Bright and colourful, the cost of many of them in that era was perfect for a beginning but enthusiastic […]

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Missionary stamp collectors on 1964 KPS membership list

In an issue of the KSS Newsletter, there was a photocopy of part of the membership list of the Korea Philatelic Society. It is interesting to note that two non-Koreans are listed as members, both missionaries. One is KSS member Dr. Lyman Hale (1922 – 2019), a physician at Severance Hospital, Seoul and a member […]

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The Korea Stamp Society’s Seal of Approval

Throughout the history seals have adorned letters and manuscripts. Whether wax or paper, this simple practical device has been utilised as a messenger in its own right, demonstrating power and status, highlighting a worthy cause or sending a seasonal greeting (see the famous TB Christmas seals). The seal and its cinderella cousin have a justified […]

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