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How did color oddity occur?

An item shown here has a color oddity. How can it be explained? Here is the background:

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The Korea 1969 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1969 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) went with two similar designs for a pair of seals for the Christmas and New Year/TB seals series. The design is a stylized Korean girl greeting birds, probably doves, and is shown in se-tenant mirror type with two different sets of the colors.

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KSC5529-5530: 65th Anniv. of Founding of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 14 January 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating “the 65th anniv. of founding of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards”.

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Missionary Christmas Correspondence, 1959

This postcard is an interesting example of a postcard which had been created for one purpose (a Christmas greeting to be sent by Korean soldiers) which was used by a Methodist missionary, Revd. Finis B. Jeffery, to a mission supporter in Texas in 1959 to both send a Christmas greeting, and to give the recipient […]

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Cover with 1884 stamp and cancellation: your thoughts?

James E. Rogers is listed in several KSS member lists, starting in the 1956 listing with membership number #91. At that time he was listed as part of “GCA Unit, # 23 N A F Navy # 510” with his address listed as “FPO New York NY”. The listing shows James Rogers as a contemporary […]

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2024 Korea Stamp Corporation’s stamps program

The Korea Stamp Corporation has delineated its 2024 stamp issuing program, presenting a new array of postage stamps for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The schedule, which is methodically set out, comprises thirteen distinct issues that span a variety of themes, each with a designated face value and release date.

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The Age of Dinosaurs Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the eighth article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the Age of Dinosaurs.

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“Chebu” Book Review

A literally massive philatelic book has been published on Korean philatelic history. In this article Joel Lee, member of the KSS, introduces the book authored by Na Bong-ju and its background.

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KSC5528: New Year Juche 113 (2024)

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 1 January 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of one stamp and a set of postcards to commemorate “New Year Juche 113 (2024)”.

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KSC5525-5527: Successful Launch of Reconnaissance Satellite

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 30 December 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “Successful Launch of Reconnaissance Satellite”.

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The Korea 1968 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1968 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) went with two different designs for a pair of seals for the Christmas and New Year/TB seals series. One stylize design appears to be of a child playing a horn on the back of a chicken with two chicks, and the other stylized design depicts a child […]

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Booklet of North Korean Stamps from the Period before the Siege of Pyongyang

What a wonderful feeling to find something new, a philatelic treasure, a real “philagem”. And how wonderful to be able to add a stamp to your collection of which only 2 copies exist, or add both! A wonderful philatelic discovery, from a troubled era, from the philately of a closed country! The feeling when we […]

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KPC3723: 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Jean-Henri Fabre

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 22 December 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Jean-Henri Fabre The stamps were issued in a minisheet containing 16 (4×4) stamps which are “valid forever” for domestic mail up to 25 grams. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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Third recorded strike of the JŌSHIN/COREA roman-letter cancel of the Imperial Japanese Post

A “newly discovered” strike of the ‘JŌSHIN/COREA’ roman-letter circular datestamp (cds) was sold at the November 2023 by Japan Stamp Auctions, Co. (Public Auction No. 129; Lot 2189).

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The year in stamps: 1950 “War finally arrives”

1950 was a year of great upheaval for the people of South Korea. The country was still reeling from the aftermath of World War II and the division of the Korean peninsula into two separate states. Tensions between North and South Korea were high, and in June of 1950, war broke out between the two […]

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KPC3722: Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 12 December 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games held at Gangwon. The stamps were issued in a minisheet containing 16 (4×4) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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The 12th Presidential Inauguration Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the seventh article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the 12th Presidential Inauguration – Chun Doo-Hwan. It contains the 1981 South Korea Scott # 1234 and 1234a, plus KPSC #PC43.

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KPC3720-3721: New Year’s Greetings

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 December 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the New Year. The stamps were issued in a minisheet and a sheetlet containing stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Brebner Print for POSA.

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Soviet Bloc Charity Seals for North Korea—More Information

Late last year when I was looking for some information on the internet about the South Korea Relief seals issued by Germany, I discovered that I did not know that the Soviet Bloc countries also began to raise funds for North Korea Relief during the Korean War. I wrote an article for the Korea Stamp […]

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The Korea 1967 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1967 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), dropped the 1961-1966’s examples of four different designs and issued just a single design, but with two different colors printed of that one design, for the Christmas and New Year/TB seals series. Only one design of a stylized boat carrying three people was used, and it was […]

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KPC3716-3719: Beautiful Korean Language

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 17 November 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the “Beautiful Korean Language”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Brebner Print for POSA.

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The year in stamps: 1949 “Shooting across the border”

As South Korea entered 1949, the country was still grappling with the aftermath of World War II and the ongoing tensions between North and South Korea. While political and military developments dominated the headlines, the daily lives of ordinary citizens also continued to be shaped by the challenges of the time.

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Information Needed for 1947 Postcard

I have a Christmas postcard from a Korean Presbyterian pastor to one of his former teachers sent on December 1, 1947 from South Korea to the USA. I would like to know what the hand-stamp was used for, of a shield, with what looks like the letters C and P inside a circle inside the […]

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KPC3714-3715: Traditional Korean Games

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 8 November 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue showing traditional Korean games. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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Association of National Olympic Committees Stamp Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the sixth article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This booklet is about the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) assembly meeting in Seoul on April 21, 1986 about the upcoming 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

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KPC3712-3713: Seoul

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 27 October 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue showing the capital of Korea, “Seoul”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

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KSC5519-5524: Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 70th Anniv. of Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 27 October 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 70th Anniv. of Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War”.

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KSC5518: Horse Riding

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 26 October 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating “Horse Riding”.

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The Korea 1966 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1966 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), following 1961-1965’s examples, would again introduce multiple seals with four different designs in the Christmas and New Year/TB seals series. Two of the seals show a combined scene of stylized women dancers, another shows a stylized pagoda and a woman with a tray on top of her […]

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KSC5513-5517: Official Goodwill Visit of the Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, to the Russian Federation

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 24 October 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “Official Goodwill Visit of the Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, to the Russian Federation”.

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KPC3711: The 50th anniversary of KBS as Korea’s key public service media

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 6 October 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “The 50th anniversary of KBS as Korea’s key public service media”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by KOMSCO for POSA.

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Some Chollima Images on North Korea’s “Allies” Stamps

North Korea isn’t the only country that has used the chollima images on their postage stamps. Some of North Korea’s allies have used the image too. For example, from an image we have seen before on the Korea Stamps Society’s webpage is a East Germany pair with a semi-postal stamp of 20 +5 pf value […]

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The year in stamps: 1948 “The fighting starts”

The year 1948 was a tumultuous time in South Korea, marked by political turmoil, economic struggles, and social unrest. Despite these challenges, the country was poised for change, as it worked to establish a stable government and lay the foundation for a prosperous future. One of the key political developments of 1948 was the establishment […]

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KPC3709-3710: Flowering Vegetable Plants

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 6 October 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue showing “Flowering Vegetable Plants”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA.

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Countries’ stamps that supported North and South Korea during or near the end of the Korean War

We have previously posted articles on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website about charity seals that were issued by Soviet Bloc countries which supported North Korea during the Korean War. And a follow up article on these charity seals was published in the Korean Philately magazine Vol. 58, No. 2 (2022).

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The Korea 1965 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1965 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA), following 1961-1964’s examples, would again introduce multiple seals with four different designs in the Christmas and New Year/TB seals series. All four seals for 1965 depicted stylized fauna, one with a dear, another with a peacock, a third with mandarin ducks and the fourth with cranes. These […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 59 No. 2 (2023)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the second KP for 2023. As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free as a PDF. And again, just as is the case with all issues for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, you can own a full-colour […]

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KPC3707-3708: Philately Week

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 September 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Philately Week”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA.

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The Seoul Tower Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the fifth article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Seoul Tower.

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KPC3705-3706: UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage (Ganggangsullae)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 14 September 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage (Ganggangsullae)”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 10 stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Southern Colour Print for POSA.

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