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Taxe Perçue and North Korea: why use TP labels?

Sometime in 2021 Willem van der Bijl sent us these photos. Do you recognize these and know anything in particular about them? Such as period of usage etc. And do you perhaps own such items as well? I would love to see the TP labels you’ve got. Are they the same or are there more […]

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What do we know about these North Korean revenue stamps?

A KSS member asks about North Korean revenue stamps: what do we know about these? “A small number of stamps, many duplicates. I do not specifically collect such stamps, but sometimes buy them. Are these stamps all North Korean? I read that there is a catalog of Korean (or North Korean) revenue stamps, but I […]

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KPC3502-3505 Astronomy of the Joseon Dynasty

조선의 천문과학  Astronomy of the Joseon Dynasty 우표번호 Stamp No. 3502-3505 종수 Types 4 발행량 Quantity 920,000(전지 46,000장) 디자인 Design 조선시대 천문의기(일성정시의) 인쇄 및 색수 Print & Color 평판 / 4도/ 흑박 전지구성 Sheet composition 4 + (4 × 4) 디자이너 Designer 김미화 발행일 Date of Issue 2021. 4. 21. 액면가격 Denomination 380원 우표크기 Stamp […]

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KPC3581 15th World Forestry Congress

제15차 세계산림총회 15th World Forestry Congress 우표번호 Stamp No. 3581 종수 Types 1 발행량 Quantity 640,000(전지 40,000장) 디자인 Design 자연을 포용하는 아름다운 우리 산림 인쇄 및 색수 Print & Color 평판 / 4도 / 금분 전지구성 Sheet composition 4 × 4 디자이너 Designer 김미화 발행일 Date of Issue 2022. 4. 5. 액면가격 Denomination 430원 우표크기 […]

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Some other examples of stamp issues for the Kim Il Sung anniversary

(On 15 April an article was published on how the DPRK commemorates the birthday of Kim Il Sung. Here one of our members, Alexander Shaposhnikov, introduces a few other related stamp issues from his collection:) In addition to the article I am sending some photos of several rare imperforated stamps dedicated to the birthday of […]

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KPC3582-3589 The Historic Architecture in Korea : Anglican & Catholic Churches

한국의 옛 건축(성당) Korean Old Architecture (Churches) 우표번호 Stamp No. 3582-3589 종수 Types 8 발행량 Quantity 640,000장 (S/S 400,000) 디자인 Design 성당 인쇄 및 색수 Print & Color 평판 / 4도 전지구성 Whole sheet composition 4 × 4 디자이너 Designer 유지형 발행일 Date of Issue 2022. 4. 14. 액면가격 Denomination 430원 x 4 (690/840/1010/1090) 우표크기 […]

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KPC3590-3593 Protected Marine Species (5th)

    해양보호생물(다섯 번째 묶음) Protected Marine Species (5th) 우표번호Stamp No. 3590-3593 종수Types 4 발행량 Quantity 640,000(전지 40,000장) 디자인Design 갯게 인쇄 및 색수Print & Color 평판 / 4도 / 금박 전지구성Whole sheet composition 4 × 4 디자이너Designer 박은경 발행일Date of Issue 2022. 4. 20. 액면가격Denomination 430원 우표크기Stamp size 35 × 35 인면Image size 35 × […]

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KPC3594 The 100th Celebration of Children’s Day

New Stamp Information from Korean Stamp Postal Service 제100회 어린이날 The 100th Celebration of Children’s Day 우표번호Stamp No. 3594 종수Types 1 발행량 Quantity 640,000(전지 40,000장) 디자인Design 따뜻한 사랑 속에서 자라는 어린이들 인쇄 및 색수Print & Color 평판 / 4도/ 유광먹박 / 엠보싱 전지구성Whole sheet composition 4 × 4 디자이너Designer 정은영 발행일Date of Issue 2022. 5. […]

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Some anniversaries are advertised wider than other anniversaries

October 2021 marked 70 years of the Korea Stamp Society! Really, it did. But did you know about it? Probably not, if only for the simple reason that until then nobody had advertised this fact. (We did in Korean Philately, have a look at the Q4 2021 edition!) Here are two other anniversaries related to […]

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Obtaining one more 1905 Postal Envelope of the Missionary Mr. H. G. Underwood!

This year I was lucky enough to have bid on an auction and won this 1905 postal envelope of Missionary Horace Grant Underwood. The sender’s address is “FROM: H. G. UNDERWOOD,SEOUL, KOREA.”, receiver address is typed as “Tiffin Stamp Co, 160 N St. Tiffin Ohio, USA”. The envelope was franked with a 10 cent Eagle […]

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ROK Samiljeol Commemorative Military Post Card used in 1952

Shown here is a military post card used in 1952. The card is a commemorative card, printed to commemorate “Samil Day”. The following extract about Samiljeol is from a 1943 booklet authored by New Ilhan entitled Korea and the Pacific War which was based on a report he prepared for the Office of Strategic Services […]

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Post cards commemorating the ROK 1955 Expo

Two post cards, part of a set commemorating the ROK 1955 Expo. These two post cards were made by the Huimangsa 希望社 · 製 for the industrial exhibition commemorating the tenth anniversary of liberation 解放十週年產業博覽會記念. This refers to August 15, 1945, commemorated in both the ROK and DPRK as the date Korea was liberated from […]

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Japanese era “directional cachets” used on New Ilhan covers leading the way to the USA

When I was writing my earlier article on New Ilhan (see KP Vol. 57 No. 1), I didn’t even realize I had more envelopes from the New Ilhan company. When I did realize, I looked around for more envelopes from New Ilhan and discovered several other items. All these envelopes must have come from the […]

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My postal experiences in the DPRK 2012 – 2013

From early August 2012 to the end of November 2013 I was stationed in Pyongyang (DPRK) for the World Food Program of the United Nations. Because of the limited international internet access allowed to the WFP national staff in the DPRK (mainly seconded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). There is also a WFP DPRK […]

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History of the Korea Stamp Society Written in 1976

As I looking through my old Korean Philately magazines in preparation for the KP 70th anniversary issue of the Korea Stamp Society I came across something that I had not noticed before. On the back of a facsimile of the first KP issued on October 1, 1951, I found a summary of the KSS from […]

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The Bencruachan making waves

One of the most interesting types of (philatelic) articles are in my opinion the ones which have a personal connection. Take for instance the KSS members who used to work in Korea in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time they wrote quite a few articles on the philatelic situation on the ground, which has […]

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The Tatham Stamp and Coin Company and Dr. Halls TB/Christmas Seals

A 2-sided sheet containing Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Korean Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Seals from 1932-1940 caught my eye on eBay recently; it was offered by a dealer in the UK. It was produced by the Tatham Stamp and Coin Company of Springfield, Massachusetts in the USA and it is a set of seals “on approval”. When […]

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Stamp essay of 1884 5 mun stamp in Spink auction: do we know more about this item?

In Spink’s auction of 12 January 2020 a rather strange item showed up. No, the type of item is not strange, stamp essays are quite commonly available. Actually, one might even say some essays are too common, just have a look at Willem van der Bijl’s article on the subject of North Korean “artworks” in […]

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Readers Question: Envelope for monetary donations or condolence letters?

Here is an envelope that looks like Dr. Hall’s examples but has no space for addresses. I thought it could be intended for monetary donations or possibly for condolence letters placed inside comfort bags. Does anyone know for sure?

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Missionary Correspondence in Colonial Korea: McCune – Hunt Letters

The three envelopes described below are small but important pieces of information about three key Presbyterian missionary families in Korea – the McCunes, the Hunts, and the Blairs. All of these families were involved in education, and became embroiled in the politics of colonial Korea under the Japanese. In particular, they and other missionaries were […]

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