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Return to Dr. Hall’s Woodblock Print Cards from 1934-1940

Last year on August 25, 2021, the author published an article on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) webpage about Dr. Sherwood Hall’s woodblock print cards from 1934-1940, that were sold/given along with the Christmas/New Year’s and Tuberculosis (TB) seals. Since that time the author has been fortunate to find a complete set of the 7 […]

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DPRK Philately has many secrets and mysteries

I have been collecting stamps from North Korea for about 30 years and I can say that the philately of this country has many secrets and mysteries. The main catalogs (Scott, Michel, and Stanley Gibbons (SG)) do not provide complete and reliable information. The catalog printed in the DPRK gives distorted price information. Yes, this […]

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Stamp issues for 2023 already proposed (but you could still stop them)

Depending on the laws of a specific land which stamps to publish is decided upon in all sorts of ways. In some countries the government (usually through a ministry) decides what which stamps to issue, in other countries it is the postal authority or the postal services themselves. In Germany for instance the Ministry of […]

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Stamps, Nationalism and Political Transitions

The academic publishers Routledge has just published a new book edited by Prof. Stanley D. Brunn of the University of Kentucky on the subject of stamps as a source for documentary research on political trends, changes and transitions. Stanley Brunn, along with Jack Child and David Scott, has been among the leading Anglophone scholars to […]

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Simple ways to identify stamps from Chosun Dynasty, North Korea and South Korea

One of our newest Korea Stamp Society members asked the Korea Stamp Society for information on how to tell the differences between South and North Korean stamps. As most of our articles on the KSS website are on specialized topics about Korean philately, we thought it would be good to write an article about identifying […]

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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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Commemorating a Martyred Priest

On 20 August, 2021, Korea Post celebrated the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Kim Taegŏn (金大建, 1821-1846), the first Korean Roman Catholic priest, and a martyr. He was a member of a yangban or aristocratic family who had converted secretly to Catholicism, which was banned and persecuted in Korea until the end of the […]

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Gwendoline Post Office and it’s Unique Blue Cancellation

Gwendoline (은산-殷山) Post office was a simple postal branch which handled only postal matters of reception. Following are a few points regarding the office:

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Korean Philately Vol. 58 No. 1 (2022)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the first KP for 2022. As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free as a PDF. And again, just as was the case with all four issues for 2020 and 2021, you can own a full-colour magazine-style […]

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Foreign Advocates for Korean Independence

Korea Post will issue two stamps on 12 August, 2022 in what appears to be a new series called ‘Foreign Advocates of Korean Independence’. The date of issue is close to ‘Liberation Day’ (해방의 날, Haebang-ŭi nal), 15 August, the date in 1945 when Japan surrendered, thus both ending the Second World War and her […]

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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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The Korea Stamp Museum in Pyongyang in 2012-2013

The Stamp Museum of Pyongyang is housed in a specially built three-floor building next to the well-known Koryo Hotel in downtown Pyongyang. The front of the building is designed in the shape of a stamp. In front of the building stands a bronze statue of a dove holding a postcard while flying around the earth […]

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One For The Record

It should not come as a surprise that a specialized stamp society such as the KSS has among its membership quite a few highly specialized members. However, it does sometimes feel as if the KSS has more of those specialized members than quite a few other stamp societies. It is of course purely anecdotal, but […]

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Five examples of mail sent from the USSR to the DPRK in 1950

Shown here are 5 covers sent between June and September 1950 to North Korea. Covers no. 1-4 were sent by Soviet citizens of Korean ethnicity to their relatives or friends, who were living in the territory of North Korea. The sender of the fifth cover is presumably the wife of a Soviet officer, who at […]

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