(LAND/PEOPLE I:)   Chronological Table: History of Korea

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by: Dr. James W. Kerr

In ancient times signal fires arranged in more or less concentric circles around the capital were the only official communication means to the far reaches of the Kingdom. These were still in use for special occasions in the 1930’s. By 1587 a “pony express” courier system was in use; their brass medallion passes (Ma Pae) designating rank of the rider and the number of horses the bearer could requisition are highly prized today. A central control station was established about a century later.

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Korea's Monarchy Stamp of 1902
by: Michael Rogers

The Korean monarchy’s sole commemorative stamp was issued in 1902. It is a fascinating stamp to study. The orange stamp, shown in Figure 1, is the 3-cheun Emperor’s Crown, Korea Scott 34, It was issued to honor the 40th year of the reign of Emperor Kojong.

See the 3-cheun Emperor’s Crown
Figure 1.

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(NORTH KOREA-DPRK): (CIA's "Fact Book")


by: Shih Wai Zhong
Translated by: Prof. P. Kevin MacKeown

Subsequent (N.) Korean stamp issues can be divided into three periods:

1. 1946 to 1953, the early post-liberation and Korean War period. Stamps of this period primarily feature political themes, with design and printing of a simple nature; reprints of the majority of these were issued in 1957.

2. 1954 to 1975, the scope of the issues became larger—scenery, flora and fauna, sports, folk customs, etc., still with strong political overtones.

3. 1976 to date, the scope of the topical material is much broader, and international themes play a relatively important role, printing is finer, and colors more beautiful. A particular feature of the stamps of this period is the occurrence, in addition to Korean text, of the English designation, “DPR KOREA.”

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"Stamps of North Korea provide challenges"  
by: Michael Rogers

As printed in LINN's STAMP NEWS, February 21, 2000    :    

      In the early 1990s, North Vietnamese stamps became available to stamp collectors in the United States. The Scott Publishing Co. provided listings in its catalog, along with valuations and illustrations. Material from Vietnam and Europe rapidly inundated the U.S. market. Even the scarcest stamps became easy to obtain.

      Collecting North Korean stamps is far more challenging. Not as much is known about North Korean stamps. The major overseas catalogs do not agree in their listings, and few dealers enjoy a comprehensive inventory. Although the 1946-52 stamp issues endured the Korean War, many stamps were destroyed and data is incomplete.

( More about The Stamps of North Korea)

Reviewed by Ted Hallock
Jayson Hyun

D.P.R.K (North Korea) 1946-l957 plate identified: A handbook
Author: Dr. Taizo Maeda

Determining differences between North Korea’s original issues circa 1946 to 1956 and its officially issued reprints (or some prefer “new printings”) has never been simple. But unlike the P. R. China reprints, NK’s are usually identifiable, but often only when you have both the original (0) and the reprint (R).

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The North Korean "Reprints"
by: J. Kevin MacKeown

These "official imitations", commonly referred to as reprints, are among the earliest and often despised, acquaintances of any collector of North Korea, and much is known about them. Maeda's (2000) monograph is an invaluable guide in this respect. Their status in the catalogues, however, is marginal. Gibbons mentions only that they could be, and have been, used for postage, but as that was not their primary purpose, we do not list them.

( More about North Korean "Reprints")

TO: F.L. Korean (my pen-name),
     Monday, November 26, 2007.

A few years ago, I received a bundle of North Korean stamps from relatives. I am not an expert on stamps, but I have tried to find out if these stamps carry any value, other than the emotional value. Unfortunately, my searching didn't provide me with any answers. I've flipped through many books and have scoured the internet, but all to no avail. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon your page a little while ago, where I found this e-mail address. I hope you don't mind me asking this of you, but as experts on the matter, could you help me determine the value of my stamps? I have attached the pictures to this e-mail in .zip format. Windows XP and/or Windows Vista should have no problem opening it. There is one thing I would like to mention. If you were to carefully examine photo B, you would find that the date on the stamp and the rubber stamp itself do not match. On the stamp there's the year 1948, but the rubber stamp seems to be from 1946. I found this rather peculiar. I really do hope you can help me.

With kindest regards,

( More about North Korean "Sheets")

(SOUTH KOREA-ROK): (CIA's "Fact Book")


by: F. L. Korean

Five months after U. S. troops landed in the Southern part of the Korean peninsula, in September 1945, six overprinted/surcharged Japanese stamps were temporarily placed in use on February 1, 1946. This was under the direction of the U. S. Military Government.

Five months later, on June 30, 1946, the six overprinted/surcharged Japanese stamps were withdrawn from use; having been replaced by the Korean designed, but Japanese printed, six stamp "Liberation from Japanese Rule" set, which were issued May 1, 1946.
See the Overprinted Japanese Stamps
See the "Liberation from Japanese Rule" set

( More of Korean's South Korea)

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