Old Korea's/Chosan
1905 Historical Information

Extracted from, "Stanley Gibbons, Stamp Catalogue, Part 18":
By a treaty of 1 April 1905, the Korean postal service was taken over by Japan, and Japanese stamps came into use.

The Emperor Sunjon, who succeeded his father on 20 July 1907, was forced to give up his throne and Korea was annexed by Japan on 29 August 1910, and became a Japanese colony with the name of Chosen.

In November 1942 Korea was made an integral part of the Japanese Empire.

After the defeat of Japan in August 1945, Russian and United States military administrations were set up in Korea to the north and south of the 38th Parallel respectively; in 1949 South Korea and North Korea became independent republics.


Extracted from Korean Kingdom and Empire Philatelic Catalog and Handbook; by Dr. James W. Kerr:

On April 1, 1905, Korea was forced to give Japan a monopoly of post, telephone and telegraph. This was followed on July 1 by a Japanese stamp, good for domestic (Japan and Korea) use only, which showed the two imperial flowers, and marked the amalgamation of the two systems. Transfer of facilities began May 18, 1905, and from July 1, 1905 Japanese stamps were sold at all Post Offices, though Korean stamps and postal stationery were valid at par through August 31, 1909, (latest known use is December 4, 1909). Formal annexation took place August 29, 1910. Therefore we can look for Japanese stamps cancelled in Japanese POs in Korea before 1905, in Japanese and Korean P0s before 1910, Korean stamps with Japanese cancels 1905-1909, mixed franks and cancels before 1909. Chinese stamps can also be found with customs chops and regular postmarks for this same period.


Extracted from Korean Kingdom and Empire Philatelic Catalog and Handbook; by Dr. James W. Kerr:

Japanese Issued
Souvenir Books
(Presentation Albums)

Book# 1.
July 1905:  Size=152 x 228 mm   Copies issued: 300
Stiff grey cardboard covers, pale silk ribbon (various colors).
Title page, 8 unnumbered pages of stamps, descriptions.

    Imprint: Communications Ministry. (8 characters, at LL of title page).

(Korean Serial #=KS#)
    Contents: #'s 10 - 13, (KS#: 2nd printing of 3-6), 38 - 46, (KS#: 12, 15-20, 22-23), 51 - 53, (KS#: 2nd printing of 24-26); (maybe 54 for 44), (KS#: 4th printing of #19), 55 imp., (KS#: 27 imperforated), 72 - 83, (KS#: 33-44), Japanese amalgamation commemorative (Japan: Michel# 91; Scott# 110)

    Brown reproductions of #1 - 5, 71, (KS# 1-2, U1-U3, 32).

    One book known with # 9 instead of # 13 (KS#: 6 instead of 2nd printed 50 poon).

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