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The Korea 1961 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1961 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) introduced a new format for multiple seals in the Christmas and New Year/TB seal series. There are four seals, two seals with different stylized trees and bird images, another has a stylized umbrella and the other shows drops of blood and TB crosses.

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KSC5489-5492: Magpie, National Bird of the DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 29 May 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing the “Magpie, National Bird of the DPRK”.

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Review of the Latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) 2022-2023

Well, with the latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) for 2022-2023, it is “Back to the Future” or as the saying goes: “Old is New Again”. With the help of a fellow Korea Stamp Society (KSS) member living in Korea, Tony Michell, I was finally able to obtain a copy of the 2022-2023 edition of […]

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Missionary Correspondence from Kwangju, 1926

This cover is from M L Swinehart a missionary in Kwangju to an address in Virginia, USA dated to 1926.

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KPC3676-3677: Honey Bee

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 19 May 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the “Honey Bee”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 stamps (16), at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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Korean Stamp Review 4th Quarter 1992 article on the Korea 1940 unissued seal

The Korean Stamp Review was a quarterly magazine published in English from 1976 to 2014 by the Korean Philatelic Center and authorized by KoreaPost. Ivo Spanjersberg published an article about one of the issues on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website. At that time Ivo wrote that some issues were available online on the KoreaPost […]

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The Osaka 1970 EXPO Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the second article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the EXPO’70 International Exhibition, held in Osaka, Japan, from March 15-September 13, 1970 in Osaka, Japan. It contains the 1970 South Korea KPSC 538, Scott 701, the 1967 first two […]

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KPC3674-3675: Pororo The Little Penguin

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 May 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Pororo The Little Penguin”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 stamps (16), at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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The Korea 1960 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1960 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), following the previous two years, would again introduce multiple seals in the Christmas and New Year/TB seal series. There are two seals, one with stylized sun and clouds and other with a stylized pagoda and clouds. The 1960 seals were printed by lithograph on un-watermarked paper and […]

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The Number of Chollimas on Stamps Grows and Grows!

As a relatively new member of the Korea Stamp Society (KSS), I was attracted by the many articles about the images of Chollimas on stamps, especially of those of North Korea (DPRK) on the KSS website. The first article I noticed was posted on the KSS website on June 24, 2020.  I made the comment […]

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KPC3643-3646: Korean Musicals

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 24 March 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Korean Musicals”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 2 x 6 stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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A KSS Member’s Trip to the Heohyeon Underground Shopping Center Stamp Dealers’ Area

A career choice brought me and my Korean stamp collection that I started 30 years ago, back to the ROK. Korea certainly has changed in numerous positive and interesting ways but much like the US, the pastime of stamp collecting seems to have lost some of its appeal to technology.

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KSC5475-5478: Natural Monuments

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 22 March 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing “Natural Monuments”.

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KSC5467-5474: Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Founding Anniversary of the Korean People’s Army

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 March 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Founding Anniversary of the Korean People’s Army”.

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Continuation of the Article on the South Korea Early Postcards of 1946 through 1953

An article on the basic introduction of the use of Japanese postcards through 1946 by South Korea, ended with the issuance of the South Korea’s first own design of a postcard with the unissued 1946 “Liberation” postcard , Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) UPC1; and with that postcard’s first surcharge of May 1, 1947, KPSC […]

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KSC5466: Pyongyang Soju, the National Liquor of the DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 15 March 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating “Pyongyang Soju, the National Liquor of the DPRK”.

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The Korea 1958 Christmas/New Year and TB Seals

In 1958 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association would introduce the first multiple seals in the Christmas/TB seal series. There are two seals, each with a hand with a green sprout coming out of the hand. Other than the fact that there were two different seal images, there are few varieties of this seal known to […]

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Interesting items showing up in recent stamp auctions

Once in a while we report on the KSS website on interesting items showing up in stamp auctions worldwide. Here are some of these items from the last few months from Cherrystone Auctions, Corinphila Veilingen, AAK Phila GmbH and Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner.

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A Basic Introduction to the post-WWII Liberation use of Japanese Postcards in South Korea, 1946-47

Most collectors of South Korean stamps are familiar with the 1946 set of Japanese stamps overprinted for use in US-occupied South Korea and revalued in Korean currency, i.e. cheon. These are listed in the Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) as numbers R1-R6 and in Scott as numbers 55-60. They were issued some months after the […]

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KPC3639-3642: Repatriated Cultural Heritage

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 22 February 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Repatriated Cultural Heritage”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Johan Enschedé for POSA.

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