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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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Story of L’Abbe Pierre Pasquier

The Catholic Church in Korea started when Yi Sŭnghun came back from China after he had been baptized. He met Yi Pyŏk and Chŏng Yakchŏn, and together they built a faith community. The community remained viable even after small and large persecutions (about 10) during the almost 100 year long period starting with the Sinhae […]

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Postal stationery used in Northern Korea (I): Japanese colonial era 1944-1945

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.

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How Stalin and Mao disappeared from the map of Pyongyang

After the Second World War quite a few cities in Western democracies had a “Stalin Street”. At the time this was quite understandable: the Soviet Union had from 1941 been an important ally against Nazi Germany. However, these streets disappeared overnight when the Soviet army invaded Hungary in 1956. The Stalinlaan in Amsterdam for instance […]

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Interesting items in Soler y Llach and Gärtner auctions

Several interesting items are shown in current auctions run by Soler y Llach and Gärtner. These items are a cover (Soler y Llach) and postcards (Gärtner) with stamps from the classical period of Korean philatelic history, in this case covers sent between 1897 and 1904.

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KPC3473-3475: Geostationary Korea Multi Purpose Satellite GEO-KOMPSAT, Cheollian

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 January 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing the “Geostationary Korea Multi Purpose Satellite GEO-KOMPSAT”, also named the “Cheollian”. The KOMPSAT or Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite is a series of South Korean multipurpose satellite for reconnaissance, communication, meteorological, environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring applications.

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Japan Playing with Korea

Recently I purchased a postcard showing a Japanese woman throwing images of the first Korean stamps into the air and it intrigued me what this postcard represented. Does any reader know the story behind this postcard? Is it a propaganda anti-Japanese postcard? Where there any other types of these postcards printed?

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KSC5316-5319: Plants

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 January 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing plants. The plants on the stamps, such as the Osmunda japonica and the Helianthus annuus, are all indigenous to the Korean peninsula. The set of four stamps come in the same value, 50 (DPRK) […]

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Lee Neung-hwa, an unknown historical figure and a stamp collector in a time of turmoil

In Joseon (Korea) in the 33rd year (1896) of King Gojong‘s rule a French person, Emile Martel (1874-1949), established the French Language School in Seoul as a governmental institute in Jong-ro-gu, now known as Susong-dong (Korean: 수송동). Martel arrived in Korea in July 1894 at the age of only twenty years old. Subsequently this school […]

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Reader’s Question: How to order from KoreaPost and what about all these new DPRK stamps?

We received a message from one of our readers, Peter, who has two questions. One is on the KoreaPost international stamp sales website and the inability to actually order something through that website, a point raised quite often by both KSS members and visitors of the KSS website. The other question is on North Korean […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 9)

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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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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