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What is shown in this Korean picture post card?

A question for the detectives among us. For some time I have had this image in my possession. It is the picture side of a Korean postal card. The card itself may not seem very interesting from a philatelic point of view and the seller didn’t ask much for it (I think 1500 won, just […]

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Why Was the Seller of an Used 1953 Korean Postal Card Asking $2250?

On Ebay I noticed a seller was asking $2250 for a 1953 South Korean postal card (see Figures 1-2). I did not understand why it was so rare and want to put the question to the readers of the Korea Stamp Society website if anyone knows why it is so rare?

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 2)

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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KPC3448: The 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Bongodon

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 5 June 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the “100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Bongodon”. This battle was part of a wider fight against Japanese occupation from 1919 onward. The fighting in 1920 is described on the Wikipedia page for an important Korean leader, Hong […]

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Korea’s economic development through postal history (Saemaul Undong Card, 1978)

Part of a series of 5 cards issued at 10 won each in 1978 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the (South) Korean state, this card (CPC4) shows an important development in South Korean society. During the 1960s and 1970s South Korea tried to develop its economy. No efforts were spared to create a stronger […]

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KSC5251: 70th Anniversary of the International Children’s Day

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 1 June 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a souvenir sheet to mark the 70th Anniversary of the International Children’s Day. The KSC writes that “the International Children’s Day is the international holiday that aims to oppose imperialism, defend peace, protect children’s life and rights and to […]

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KPC3447: International Year of Plant Health

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 29 May 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the “International Year of Plant Health”. As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN states “the United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise […]

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Korean forgeries (VI): 5 Poon issued July 1895 (1st Printing); 1897 (2nd Printing) etc.

The first stamp in this series is the 5 Poon. The stamp is designated Scott #6 and Minkus #3. 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 Eichhorn, David Phillips, KSS and other sources.

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KSC5270-5272: Great General’s March to Mt Paektu

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 25 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series titled “Great General’s March to Mt Paektu”. This series was according to the KSC to commemorate that “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un put forward the great programme for the education in revolutionary traditions, looking round the […]

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KSC5249-5250: Brass Instruments

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 23 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series showing brass instruments. The series is also available in a minisheet of 2×4 stamps, effectively creating several possible combinations of stamps on cover (both horizontal and vertical).

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The Korean Language and How to Read DPRK Military Postcards

For anyone studying Korean postage stamps and postal stationery, understanding the structure of the Korean language and the Korean alphabet will enrich the understanding of any material which you have. The Korean language is highly structured and regular. Some sixty percent of its vocabulary derives from written Chinese (called in Korean Hanja 漢字).

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Korean Stamp Museum virtual tour makes visiting possible

Because of the corona virus doing the rounds the Korean Stamp Museum is, like so many other such institutes, closed at the moment. However, just a few days ago KoreaPost issued a link on its website to a complete virtual tour of the Korean Stamp Museum. When clicked one starts just outside the museum, underground, […]

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Beautiful Postal Cards and Postal Covers of Early Korea

Some of the rarest examples of postal history of Empire Korea, combining the images of early 20th century Korea on hand-tinted postal cards and a cover demonstrating all the stamps available at the Chemulpo, Korea post office on a single day are that of a correspondence addressed to Mrs. Charlotte K. Ober, University of Washington, […]

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Reader’s Question: What are these items?

One of our members showed a series of pictures with all sorts of items. The question is: what are these items? Do you recognize them? Then please leave your ideas in the comments below the items. You can refer to them by the number given with the figures.

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2018 Winter Olympics PyeongChang: two years ago

Held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, the 2018 Winter Olympics were a triumph for (South) Korea in two ways. Not only did it show a very modern and well-organized Korea, an image completely different from just one generation ago when Korea was still one of the poorest countries in the world, […]

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KSC5245-5248: Animal Husbandry

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series showing “animal husbandry“. As the KSC notes “Livestock farming plays an important role in producing delicious, nutritious foodstuffs as well as in providing raw materials for light industry. Moreover, manure, that make crops grow healthy and […]

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Korea 1964/66 definitives – colour varieties with 200, 300 and 500 won?

Back in April 2019 I received an inquiry of the German MICHEL-catalog editor. He related a reader’s question on probably different printings of 1964/66 ROK definitives (KPC #218/236), commonly known as the 1st granite paper series.

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The Pusan 8-Bar Cancels (1982)

Recently, in going over my Korean inflationary issues and presentation sheets, I was struck by a cancellation that is almost too perfect for a routine postal strike: neat, clean, sharp and almost printed-looking. Reviewing KOREAN PHILATELY, I found I am not alone in my suspicion – but its status is still indeterminate. 

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Botanic Latin names of 4 tree stamps issued in 2012?

The KSS has an online form through which people (members and non-members alike) can ask questions with regards to Korea and philately. Often we answer these questions directly, but occasionally a question which might even have looked simple when we received it can lead to complete articles containing new information about previously unknown items.

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Entires with “TAEGEUK” of the 1st and 2nd Issued Sets

The Gab-sin coup d’etat (甲申政變; 갑신정변) of 4 December 1884 (Lunar calendar 10. 17.), attempted by the reformers at the opening ceremony of the post office, failed. All main figures were killed including Mr. Young-Sik Hong whose constant efforts had led to the issuing of a Royal decree to establish the Department of Post Office […]

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Korean forgeries (V): 100 Mon printed 1884 – Never issued

The fifth stamp in this series is the 100 Mon. As with the 25 and 50 Mon stamps, this rose, white and blue stamp was never issued and therefore any stamp claiming to be postally used has a fake cancellation. The stamp is designated Scott #5 and Minkus #N5. The stamps were produced in 1884. […]

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Paquebot mail from Dutch frigate during the Korean War

The printed matter (“Drukwerk”) cover shown here was mailed aboard the frigate Hr. Ms. ”Johan Maurits van Nassau” in January 1953. Its destination was Yokohama, Japan. The frigate was on assignment in Korean waters during the Korean War. Upon the frigate’s arrival on January 22, 1953 in Yokohama, Japan the letter was delivered to a […]

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KPC3446: 100th Anniversary of Duksung Women’s University

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 April 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Duksung Women’s University / 덕성여자대학교. According to its Wikipedia page the school was established in 1920, as part of the drive for improved education which arose out of the March 1st Movement. Its founder […]

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KSC5243-5244: 108th Birth Anniversary of President Kim Il Sung

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 15 April 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp and a souvenir sheet “to mark 108th birthday of President Kim Il Sung.”

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KSC5242: Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 12 April 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a sheetlet commemorating the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. The sheetlet consists of two different stamps, one showing the logo and cup of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, the other showing a participant running the marathon.

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 1)

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 began it’s “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which purported […]

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KSC5241: Traffic Rules

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued a sheetlet containing four stamps which show different types of traffic situations with their accompanying traffic rules.The same set of stamps also comes in a booklet.

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Korean Souvenir Books and Reprints issues of 1903-1906 (Part III: Additional Souvenir Books)

In addition to the early editions souvenir books, different types of souvenir books were issued up until 1938 by the Japanese government and later by the South Korean government. Kerr has the only list of these souvenir books that is known in English and it goes through 1961. On Page 71-2 of his book, he […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 56 No. 2 (Q2 2020) Published!

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the second KP of 2020. Just as was the case with issue no. 1 of this year you can own a full-colour magazine-style printed hard-copy version of this KP! As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free […]

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The fake CORREE overprint

In KP Vol. XXXIX No. 4 (November 1993) Don Vorhis, KSS president at the time, wrote the following: “From a recent sale abroad, 3 Japanese Kiku, one Tazawa, 5 revenues with “CORREE” stamped on them. All are used, so the creator had to work to avoid the cancels. One example shown here.” That was in […]

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KPC3442-3445: Historic Architecture in Korea – Royal Palaces (Special Edition)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of four stamps showing “Historic Architecture in Korea”, in this particular case (parts of) the royal palaces of Korea. Besides a “regular” set of stamps the stamps were also issued as a set with the same subjects, but with a different printing […]

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KPC3438-3441: Historic Architecture in Korea – Royal Palaces

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of four stamps showing “Historic Architecture in Korea”. In this particular cases the stamps show (parts of) the royal palaces of Korea: the Jagyeongjeon Chamber (경복궁 자경전), Buyongjeong (창덕궁 부용정), Myeongjeongjeon (창경궁 명정전) in Changgyeonggung Palace and Seogjojeon (덕수궁 석조전) in Deoksu […]

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Selling stamps the K-pop way!

Korean girl-bands (and boy-bands) are very popular in East Asia. So popular that pretty much anything with one of these bands on them will sell. However, one wonders whether these publicity examples from KoreaPost actually helped selling more “My Own Stamps” stamps.

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Having fun with the Korean postal services: cancellations

Because of the extreme emphasis of Koreans on education there are, even today in times of digital communications, a lot of stationery shops in Korea. These shops sell hundreds and sometimes even thousands of different products, one of them being whole series of sticker stamps. These stickers look like stamps because of their “perforation” and […]

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KPC3435-3437: Korean Aircraft (2nd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 March 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of three stamps showing aircraft produced in Korea, the second in the series showing Korean aircraft. These aircraft are the KUH-1EM, the KUH-1P and the KUH-1FS, which are all helicopters produced by Korea Aerospace Industries. These helicopters were the result of  the […]

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KSC5240: Greenhouse Vegetables

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 March 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a sheetlet containing four different stamps showing “greenhouse vegetables”. The KSC stated: “The DPRK pays close concern to supplying the people with plenty of fresh vegetables all the year round.”

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Reader’s Question: Was this a common type of advertising card at the time?

Recently I bought at a Dutch stamp fair, Winterstamps, this item. It is not particularly valuable, but it did peak my interest because I had not seen this type of item before. Nowadays the Korea Stamp Corporation, the official state run North Korean stamp issuing organization, issues rather small new stamp issue leaflets/brochures.

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Mr. Zip comes to Korea

Yes, Mr. Zip has come to Korea. After starting out in 1959 in Great Britain, according to an announcement of the Korean Philatelic Center, he began working in Korea on July 1, 1970. Postal reform has been recognized as a need by many countries, a reform which is concerned primarily with reducing costs and improving […]

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Korean paquebot cover from 1953 shows up

In a recent series of reprinted articles several covers with Korean (Busan) paquebot cancellations from the 1950s were shown. One cover was referenced in an article by Talbert Fowler from 1954. This cover apparently came with a strange paquebot marking. The cover showed up recently in an inheritance sale of Korean paquebot covers from a […]

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KSC publishes 2020 DPRK stamp release program

The official (state) postal organization of North Korea, the Korea Stamp Corporation, has published the themes and dates for the 2020 stamp releases of the DPRK. The January and February releases on the list are already known of course, but many other themes were shown for the first time with the release of the list.

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