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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Market Study): Part 12

Since there were NO price updates from the 2021 Scotts catalog for the third year in a row, I will not revise my article for 2021. If I get any more information throughout this year, I will pass it on. In the meantime I will conclude by reiterating the following paragraph from Part #11.

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Korea 1945 Cover after WW2 Questions

Recently I purchased on eBay, what is most likely a philatelic cover that was a curiosity to me. It was a cover addressed to a fairly famous US naval officer, Read Admiral Jeraud Wright, dated December 12, 1945. (See images of front and back cover) I was not aware that covers had been made with […]

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A closer look at real and fake North Korean philatelic items (Part II)

Most stamp dealers have a specialization, some field of (philatelic) interest which make them stand apart from other dealers. But there are few stamp dealers like Willem van der Bijl, whose small shop in the historic city center of Utrecht in the Netherlands belies the importance of his collection of North Korean materials, both philatelic […]

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An intriguing block of 8 North Korean 1950 overprints show up…

The months of July and August 1950 were very difficult months for Seoul. The North had taken over the city very early on in the Korean War and the situation was, to put it mildly “hard”. Atrocities were being committed on a large scale and the ordinary life of the city had basically come to […]

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How Stalin and Mao disappeared even from the Soviet map of Pyongyang

One thing leads to another, and before you know it, yet more information comes your way. We have seen this happening time and again in the Korea Stamp Society these last few years. In this particular case: when Willem van der Bijl showed us scans of his collection of DPRK stamp artworks (see KP Vol. […]

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Printing the surcharges on first military government issue for Korea 1945/46 (Scott’s #55-60)

One of the first branches of the old Japanese Government activities taken over by the forces of the U. S. Military Government in Korea (USAFIK) after the occupation was the Communications Department which controlled the services of the post office, telegraph system, and radio stations. At the beginning the Postal Section had no alternative but […]

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Dr. Hall’s Indian Christmas Seals (Part II)

(Part 2 of 3) When Dr. Hall was forced to leave Korea in 1941, he went to India where he continued his missionary work and started to build a TB seal program as he had done in Korea. And, like in Korea, he was successful in building a TB seal program in India. Indian TB […]

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Another Chollima Stamp Was Just “Under our Noses”

Collectors of North Korea (DPKR) should have noticed that there is another Chollima stamp that was issued for the 2020 New Year (Stamp KSC5232, 10 won, “Under the uplifted banner of self-reliance”). It was already shown in the article issued on the KSS website on January 1, 2020. It was issued with both perforated and […]

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Stop the Presses! A New Cover with Hall’s Korea 1940 Unissued Seal has been discovered

This author has been very fortunate to have discovered a new cover with Dr. Sherwood Hall’s Korea 1940 unissued Tuberculosis/Christmas and New Year Seal. It had been listed on eBay and I was very lucky to obtain it by auction. The last update on this 1940 Korea seal was discussed in the article on the […]

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Russian Fieldpost in North Korea, 1950?

Outside the USSR, after 1946 field post correspondence was only used by Soviet troops in occupied territories (e.g., Korea, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, etc.). Registered letters sent through field post offices after 1946 are extremely rare and normally have NO censor mark. Moreover, no international letters sent with Field Post cancellations from the Russian army […]

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Are these stamps the unlisted series KSC5170-KSC5173?

One of our readers, Jordan, sent scans of four complete sheets of North Korean stamps asking what we know about these particular stamps. The first thing to do when answering such questions is to look through either the “Korean Stamp Catalogue 1946-2015” (if the stamps were issued before December 2015) or on the Korea Stamp […]

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KSC5338-5339: 60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 7 April 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of a stamp and a souvenir sheet commemorating the “60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee”. The text the KSC released for this issue states: “Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the […]

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Book with Korean philatelic references “Buddhism on stamps” published

In early January 2021 the book “Buddhism on Stamps” was released by the Indian philatelist Mr. Lokeswara Rao (retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forests in Nagaland, India). He spared no efforts in creating his book, as not only does the book come with an introduction by the current Chief Postmaster General, the book also contains […]

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KPC3492-3501: Folding Screen with Birds, Flowers and Animals

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 April 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing parts of a large classical Korean folding screen, with the individual images of the screen used for the designs of individual stamps. The whole series was also issued in a souvenir sheet, which shows the whole screen.

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A closer look at real and fake North Korean philatelic items (Part I)

Most stamp dealers have a specialization, some field of (philatelic) interest which make them stand apart from other dealers. But there are few stamp dealers like Willem van der Bijl, whose small shop in the historic city center of Utrecht in the Netherlands belies the importance of his collection of North Korean materials, both philatelic […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 57 No. 2 (Q2 2021)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the second 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 stationery used in Northern Korea (II): Japanese 5 sen Nanko card 1945-1947

Preface: This series of articles derive from discussions among several KSS member collectors. Some of them are interested in collecting Korean (and Japanese) philatelic items but feel confused in distinguishing different surcharges of early Korean postal stationeries since they cannot read Hanja and Hangul. See here for part I about the usage of these cards […]

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Japan Playing with Korea – Follow Up

We are very fortunate, as it turns out, that one of our Board members, Florian Eichhorn, has previously done quite a bit of research on the postcard, showing a Japanese woman tossing Korean stamps into the air, that was briefly discussed on the KSS website. It was not an anti-Japanese propaganda item, as I had […]

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KPC3489-3491: Korean Aircrafts (3rd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 25 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of three stamps showing aircraft produced in Korea. Last year’s series showed helicopters produced by Korea Aerospace Industries, this year shows a combination of types of aircraft: the T-50B jet, the KUH-1 helicopter and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-101. Interestingly, the […]

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KSC5334-5337: Indigenous Animals

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 24 March 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing animals. These animals are all indigenous to the Korean peninsula. The set of four stamps come in the same value, 30 (DPRK) won each, and are available in sheets as well. At the same […]

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Follow-up to Member’s Request for used stamps from North Korea (DPRK)

Come On!!! (A “shout out” popularized by the Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt). Surely at least one of our Korea Stamp Society (KSS) members has some used North Korean stamps that they would like to share with one of our newer members, Paul Scholtens! On December 5, 2020 we published a short article (put in […]

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Dr. Hall’s Indian Christmas Seals (Part I)

While visiting the Korean Stamp Society website, I noticed that the Society is considering a special edition of KP to include Dr. Sherwood Hall’s TB seal program in Korea through 1940. This piqued my interest as one of my interests is Dr. Hall’s TB seal program in India from 1941 through the early 1950s. When […]

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Varieties of Stamps from the DPRK

[Editor: this article was first published in KP Vol. 46 No. 4. Recently however Alexander has send us a lot of full-colour scans of the stamps, which means they can now be shown in much more detail.] I am illustrating a number of North Korean varieties that have not been catalogued.

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Interesting Korea related items in Corinphila and Vance auctions

Philatelic items directly related to Korea are relatively rare in (international) auctions. Of course, there are these “collections” with albums packed with North Korean stamps from the 1970s and 1980s or the usual South Korean flag sheets and such, but occasionally interesting items do show up. Here are a few examples from two different auction […]

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Beautiful Korean Silk/Wood Christmas Card from the late 1920’s

Recently I was attracted to a “wood” Korean Christmas Card mailed from Korea to Florida, USA in the late 1920’s. I had never seen one like this before and bought it. When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it was, when I actually saw the card itself. The wooden card has a […]

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KPC3485-3488: The Historic Architecture in Korea – Neo-Confucian Academies (Special Edition)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 11 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing historical Korean buildings. Last year the series showed historical architecture in general, this year the series shows Neo-Confucian academies. These used to be important centers of learning in Korea. The academies on the stamps are located in Andong (안동), […]

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KPC3481-3484: The Historic Architecture in Korea – Neo-Confucian Academies

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 11 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing historical Korean buildings. Last year the series showed historical architecture in general, this year the series shows Neo-Confucian academies. These used to be important centers of learning in Korea. The academies on the stamps are located in Andong (안동), […]

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KSC5331-5333: Natural Monuments

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 March 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps showing natural monuments of KOrea, such as a magnolia growing on Mount Taesong and the oldest appletree in the DPRK.

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 11)

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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Reader’s Question: What’s the type of bus on this North Korean stamp?

On the KSS Facebook page someone asked about the KSC195 (Stalin Street): “Is it possible to identify the type of bus?” That’s actually a great question! And also an intriguing challenge. So, we had a look around for an answer. Turns out with a bit of research we actually managed to discover the (very probable) […]

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Original and not so original North Korean artworks

(Editor) Willem van der Bijl is one of the world’s foremost dealers of North Korean philatelic materials. In his collection are many unique items, which, until he managed to acquire them, were unknown to the philatelic world. However, given the unique economic situation in North Korea he also managed to accidentally create a completely new […]

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KPC3477-3480: Repatriated Cultural Heritage

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing examples of items which form part of Korean cultural heritage and which were previously taken to a location outside of Korea but which have recently been returned to Korea. This unfortunate situation of cultural heritage no longer residing, for […]

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KSC5321-5323: Pyongyang Golf Course

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 25 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and a souvenir sheet showing the “Pyongyang Golf Course, which is situated at the Thaesong lakeside at the foot of Mt Sokchon, has an 18-hole course, nine holes each in two parts with an accommodation […]

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Too early use of KPSC R2 (Scott 56) on card?

Sometimes something comes up by accident which may be too good to be true. Or not, of course. One such item is this quite attractive card. It is a Japanese produced postal card of 5 sen which was used in South Korea as a card worth 5 jeon, uprated with another stamp for 5 jeon, […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 10)

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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KSC5325-5326: Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps and souvenir sheets commemorating the “Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea” which was held from January 5 to 12 this year.

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The Korea Stamp Society’s Seal of Approval

Throughout the history seals have adorned letters and manuscripts. Whether wax or paper, this simple practical device has been utilised as a messenger in its own right, demonstrating power and status, highlighting a worthy cause or sending a seasonal greeting (see the famous TB Christmas seals). The seal and its cinderella cousin have a justified […]

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KPC3476: 50th Anniversary of KAIST

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 February 2021 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of KAIST. KAIST (formerly the “Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology”) is a national research university located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea. KAIST was established by the Korean government in 1971 as the nation’s first public, […]

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KSC5320: 79th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 16 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp “to mark the 79th birthday of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il. The stamp reflects Chairman Kim Jong Il’s birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp and Jong Il Peak.”

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Photos for 1960s editions of Korean Philately

In the 1960s and for several decades afterwards David Phillips often wrote for Korean Philately magazine as well as being for some time the publisher of KP. He was also a producer of many philatelic publications including some of the best philatelic publications on Korea. This was at a time when next to nothing was […]

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