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Classic Korea stamps and covers with Holcombe certificates (Rapp auction)

We are always on the look out for interesting Korean philatelic materials showing up in auctions. One noticeable item showing up in a Rapp auction (“Rapp Auktion Nr. 39 und Nr. 40 von 23. bis 28. November 2020“) is item nr. 2826. This item is listed in both German and English. The Korean items shown […]

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Testing the South Korean postal system after first liberation of Seoul

Shown here are two cards, one sent by correspondent Richard Johnston, the other by correspondent Charles Grutzner, both to their own (postal) addres. Neither were actually handled handled by the US Army-Air Force Postal Service, which means they probably do not qualify as ‘private usage’ in this instance. (See this KP article for the background […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 57 No. 1 (Q1 2021)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the first KP for 2021! 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, you can own a full-colour magazine-style hard-copy version […]

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Postal cards issued for 70th anniversary of Korean War

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of four postal cards to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The cards show several types of imagery, including medals and war artists’ drawings. The cards come in two distinctly different designs, one with a large image […]

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Korean forgeries (VII): 10 poon issued July 22 1895 (1st Printing); 1896 (2nd Printing) etc.

The second stamp in the Taegeuk series is the 10 poon. The stamp is designated Scott #7 deep blue (both printings), KPSC #4 (1st printing; #4a 2nd printing and Minkus #4. Black and white images and data are from Brady-Tyler, Zirkel, G. La Francesca and colour images and data are from MikeG Canada (Stampboards), Florian […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 8)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In 1957 Korea introduced the first of its Christmas and New Year stamps and souvenir sheets. These were quite attractive and colourful. They also appealed to children stamp collectors and in fact, this is why I started to collect Korean stamps when I was a child. I loved the little colourful souvenir sheets. The individual […]

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KSC5300-5314: Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 December 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps titled “Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea”. As the KSC describes them, these “stamps were issued to reflect the military parade held in celebration […]

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Ray Radke Remembers – Again

This story begins on 1 December 1951 during the breakout from the inlet. I was a Sergeant with Colonel MacLean’s forward CP when the Chinese first attacked the night of 27 November, 1951. Milo Paynovich and I left the perimeter walking along the edge of the reservoir. We came to an area where logs were […]

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More about the authenticity of KSC #5 (Sc #11) on 1948 postcard

(Editor: a recent question by Chen Yi-Fu led to quite a few answers being given in the comments section. The original article/question can be found here.) This small article is trying to answer some comments about the authenticity of KSC #5 (Sc #11) Secondary anniversary of the labour law.

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KPC3471-3472: Korea-Russia Joint Issue

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 15 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps jointly issued with Russia. Both stamps show bears, one for Russia (the Ursus arctos arctos) and one for Korea (the Ursus thibetanus ussuricus). The Ussuri black bear (Ursus thibetanus ussuricus), also known as the Manchurian black bear, is a large […]

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Flags of Countries Participating in the Korean War: Flag Errors

In 1951 Korea issued a series of 42 stamps featuring flags of 21 countries that provided assistance in the Korean War (June 1950- July1953). Armed forces were sent from 16 United Nations countries, most from the United States. Five others, including Italy, the only Non-member State to participate (becoming a member on 14 December 1955), […]

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KSC5295-5298: Historical Remains

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 December 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps showing “historical remains of the Korean nation” such as several bronze works.

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Examples of Korean War era Dutch soldiers’ cards in Dutch auction

The Dutch mail auction ‘Sheraton & Peel’ by René Hillesum Filatelie (since 1991) offers a selection of Dutch (and Colonies) and international philatelic materials. The upcoming auction of December 23 is offering several postal history items of interest to Korea collectors.

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Post-war reconstruction of South Korea through 1973 tourism stamp

After the Korean War for well over a decade the economic development of South Korea was at a stand still. The country was considered an economic “basket case”. However, during Park Chung-hee’s reign the country began to grow rapidly. One visible effect were the many newly constructed roads and bridges, which featured a lot on […]

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New KSS Member Wishes to Trade for Used North Korean Stamps

My name is Paul Scholtens and I live in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. During the Covid-19 pandemic I have been doing a lot of work on my collection. I am a 74 years old, social and general interest collector who collects stamps from all over the world. I like the information you can […]

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Postal cards for 2020 “National Stamp Exhibition” issued

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of four postal cards to commemorate the 2020 National Stamp Exhibition (2020 전국우표전시회). These cards are the first new postal cards issued by KoreaPost in 2020, the most recent (previous) issue was for the 2019 stamp exhibition. Due to the corona virus […]

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KPC3469-3470: New Year’s Greetings (Year of the Ox)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of 2 stamps for New Year 2021. This particular stamp series is an annual event, a tradition which KoreaPost has maintained for many decades now. The year 2021 will be the Year of the Ox (note: not the cow!).

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More Chollima stamp examples: USSR 1960

Reader Evgeniy Savchenko commented about the article published on June 24, 2020 on the KSS website concerning the Chollima symbol often used on North Korean stamps. He noted that the USSR in 1960 issued a stamp commemorating the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Korea, Scott 2407. We now have a image of this stamp […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 7)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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APS Stamp Chat with KSS’s Professor James Grayson ‘North and South Korea: The First Issues after the Second World War’

Professor James H. Grayson, a member of the KSS since 2000, was invited to speak on the American Philatelic Society’s ‘Stamp Chat’ internet discussion group.  His subject was ‘North and South Korea: The first issues after the Second World’.  He uses a semiotic approach to understanding the designs of stamps to discover the meanings which […]

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KPC3465-3468: Philately Week

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 November 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating philatelic week in Korea. This is a yearly returning stamp series, which in different forms (for instance as “postal week”) has been around since the 1960s. The four stamps have all sorts of themes. KSC3465 is “when spring comes […]

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North Korea: from Liberation to War (1945-1950)

Japanese control of Korea ended with the surrender on 15 August 1945 of the Imperial armed forces. Decisions made at the Yalta Conference in February 1945 were implemented after the surrender. The primary actions taken were the division of the Korean peninsula arbitrarily at the 38th Parallel, with the northern zone to be occupied by […]

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KSC5299: Let us advance vigorously towards the Eighth Party Congress by making the flames of the 80-day campaign flare up!

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 17 November 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating the 19th meeting of the Political Bureau. The KSC stated: “The 19th meeting of the Political Bureau of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea made a crucial decision to wage an 80-day […]

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The original Korean album pages

In the last few issues of KP and on the KSS website we have shown examples of album pages made and/or used by KSS members. Here we show the original KSS album pages, the pages as produced and for years marketed in Korean Philately by our long-time member David Phillips.

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KSC5291-5294: Natural History Museum

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 12 November 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and maxicards showing the Natural History Museum and several prehistoric animals.

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Custodian Force, India in Korea 1953-1954

This cover illustrates the use of stamps overprinted for the Custodian Force, India (CFI). This was a deployment of Indian forces, including the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance unit (which had been in Korea from November 1950) to oversee the repatriation of POWs after the armistice. The CFI was in Korea from late September 1953 until […]

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Reader’s Question: is this 1948 North Korean card real or not…?

Is this card and the cancellations on it real or fake? I’m not sure if I’m qualified enough to certify this card, but as a serious DPRK collector I think this card has a 95-99% possibility to be fake. In fact, in my personal opinion, this card is totally fake: the card itself is fake, […]

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Special edition of Korean Philately on Christmas Seals 1932-1952 proposed

Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) current Publisher/Webmaster, Ivo Spanjersberg, and I are working on issuing a special edition of the Korean Philately (KP). Originally we believed we would prepare a book or ”monogram” that would just cover Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year’s seal program that occurred during the period of 1932-1940.

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Reader’s Question: El Salvador vs El Salvadol sheet catalog prices

(Editor: a question from reader Y.W.:) Hi , I am a little confused about the catalog value of the 2 printings of the above mentioned s/s. First printing, misspelled the country as El Salvadol, the second printing has the corrected country name as El Salvador. Scott listed the first printing has a higher catalog value […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 6)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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North and South Korean Issues During the Korean War: Ideological Conflict

Much has been written on the logistics, causes, and effects of the Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953). Charles Armstrong was correct to assert that the Cold War was a campaign of propaganda and psychological warfare,1 with the Korean War being no exception. It was not just a physical conflict, it was […]

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KPC3464: The 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri. This battle, more commonly known for the Chinese name of the same location as the Battle of Qingshanli, was fought over six days in October 1920 between the Imperial Japanese […]

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KSS cooperates with Scott catalogue editors

The newly issued 2021 Scott catalog, Vol 4A , has a Korean stamp (Scott804/KPSC639; issued December 1, 1971) for the New Year of 1972 on the cover. The year 1972 was the Year of the (Water) Rat, and this stamp shows two rats flying a kite. However, in the Korean language the word for mouse […]

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Postal Stationery presented to the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army in North Korea 1952-3 (Part II)

The Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPV) had entered North Korea in October 1950, in response to the perceived threat to the year-old People’s Republic of China from the rapidly-advancing UN forces during the fifth month of the Korean War. The swift advances made by the (North) Korean People’s Army after they crossed the 38th Parallel […]

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KSC5286-5290: 75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 October 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and cards to commemorate the “75th Anniv. of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea“. The KSC states “The WPK founded by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung has strengthened and developed into an […]

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KPC3462-3463: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ssireum)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 8 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating the Korean sport of Ssireum (씨름), a form of wrestling. “Ssireum is a traditional folk game and sport of Korea in which two people, each grabbing the satba (belt made of long cotton cloth) wrapped around the other contestant’s […]

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Update on the Korea 1940 Unissued Dr. Hall’s Tuberculosis (TB)/Christmas and New Year Seal

We saw in the article posted on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website on January 23, 2020, that there had been the exciting find of two covers sent from Korea with the unissued 1940 TB/Christmas and New year seal. These were found in the USA by a member of the family of a Christian missionary […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 56 No. 4 (Q4 2020)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the fourth KP of 2020! As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free as a PDF. And again, just as was the case with issues no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 of this year, you can […]

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KSC5282-5285: Wooden Stamps

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 30 September 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps made out of wood. According to the KSC “the State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK has issued 4 wooden stamps reflecting the national symbols of the DPRK.” The wood from which the stamps have been […]

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