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An Excellent Example of a Postally Used South Korean Postcard — Just Before the start of the Korean War

One of our Korea Stamp Society members has the fortune to have in his collection a genuinely postally used postcard that was mailed just before the start of the Korean War in 1950. At the time of the purchase, our member did not realize the significance of the postcard, he was just interested in obtaining […]


South Korea 1956 Christmas/TB Seal

In 1956 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association would again issue a single Christmas/Tuberculosis (TB) seal. This seal was printed by lithograph on un-watermarked paper, both gummed and ungummed, and sold in sheets of 100 seals. The 1956 seal depicts three Hibiscus flowers. The sheets were sold as perforated 11. The seals were printed on both […]


How to determine the cost of sending a telegram in a society with two different character sets?

A problem which is very uncommon in most parts of the world is the Korean question of what to do with the fact that Koreans could use either (Korean) hangul or (Chinese) hanja characters when sending a telegram? While they can convey exactly the same message in Korean, the two writing systems are completely different […]

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The Korean revenue stamps of 1946-1948

KP for August, 1969, p75-77 discussed the Korean Revenue Stamp Issues of 1946-48 and reproduced the U.S. Military Government Ordinances Number 110 (14 Sept. 1946) and Number 171 (11 March 1948) which authorized the issue and use of these two series of stamps. A recent opportunity to examine full panes of these stamps has provided […]


South Korea 1955 Christmas/TB Seal

In 1955 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association issued a Christmas/Tuberculosis (TB) seal. This seal was printed by lithograph on un-watermarked gummed paper and sold in sheets of 100 seals. The 1955 seal shows two white cranes in flight. Unlike the 1954 TB seal, this seal was well designed and printed, and there are no known […]


The Imperfs, Double Printings and Two-Sided Printings of Korea 1946-1953 Stamps

From the first printed stamps in South Korea in 1946 after the WWII, up to around 1953, many of those issues can be found printed as imperforated stamps, double printed stamps and stamps printed on both sides. The stamps were issued by the US Military from 1946-1948. On August 15, 1948, the South Korean government […]


Recollections of Samil Day

Dr. Sharrocks, one of our mission doctors had brought word from the exiled Syngman Rhee to the Koreans seeking independence advising that “It is imperative that if Korea is to attain independence, the will of the people against the Japanese domination be made known to the outer world”.


Editorial (Korean Philately Vol. 58 No. 2 (2022))

Welcome to the latest edition of Korean Philately. This is a welcome return after many months impacted by the fallout from Covid and internal reorganization. All of that is now behind us and I am delighted to take over as Editor of KP. I am confident that we will resume our normal output of four […]


The Korea 1954 Christmas /TB Seal

In this article we continue the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) series on the Korea Christmas/Tuberculosis (TB) seals that began with information about the first seal issued in 1932 which was introduced by Dr. Sherwood Hall. The last previous article that highlighted the 1953 seal was published on the KSS website on July 29, 2020. The […]


Korean Philately Vol. 58 No. 2 (2022)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the second 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 and the previous issue of 2022, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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:


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 […]


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 […]


My Journey through Editorship of Korean Philately

I have been asked to share my journey to becoming Editor Emeritus of Korean Philately, and I’m happy to do so. I became a stamp collector at age 8 when living in London, Ontario, Canada. My cubmaster was a stamp collector and thought that I should become one, as well. He had a stamp album […]


The Lure and Lore of Korean Legend: Kongjwi Patjwi and Hare’s Liver

The first set of the five part Korean Fables series which will eventually comprize twenty different stamps and twenty souvenir sheets made its appearance on Sept. 1, 1969 with four stamps depicting scenes of “Kongjwi and Patjwi” a sort of Korean Cinderella legend.


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