KSS's Consolidated History Section.

Two histories of Korea:
LAND/PEOPLE & PHILATELIC


Republic of Korea
Proof and Presentation Sheets


South Korea, is the most gift-giving society that I have had the privilege to live amongst. It was, therefore, no surprise to me when I learned of a postal-episode that occurred from 1946 through September 1, 1957.

A by-product of the stamp design phase, are practice printings -Proofs, of stamp designs that are close to completion. These are passed among the decision makers, seeking the final decision; go with this design, or, change this or that about the design, and then print some more Proofs.

As soon as the S. Koreans took over the Postal planning and operation, under the U.S. Military Government, they began to give gifts of the final Kyong Yang She-tuh/Proof Sheets of stamp designs, mostly to high-ranking individuals in the Interim Government. This practice continued through October 1, 1948.

Proof Sheets

Images displayed here, were copied from the 2001-KPC (2001 Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue); or the 1997 Korean Standard Stamp Catalogue.


Stamp No. Date of Issue Subject/Topic # of
Issue/s
Remarks
Prf_1-3
#7-9
1946.05.01 Liberation from Japanese rule-Proof Sheets# 1-3 3 Proof Sheet:
#1-3
Prf_4-6
#10-12
1946.05.01 Liberation from Japanese rule-Proof Sheets# 4-6 3 Proof Sheet:
#4-6
Prf_7-10
#21-22,
25-26
1947.08.01
1948.04.10
Interim Government "WON" Series-Proof Sheets# 7-10 4 Proof Sheet:
#7-10
Prf_11
#24
1947.10.01 1st Air Mail-Proof Sheets# 11 1 Proof Sheet:
#11
Prf_12
#23
1947.08.01 Resumption of International Mail Service-Proof Sheets# 12 1 Proof Sheet:
#12
Prf_13-17
#21-22,
#25-26
1947.08.01.
1948..04.10
Interim Government "WON" Series-Proof Sheets# 13-17 5 Proof Sheet:
#13-17
Prf_18
Prf-19
#32-33
1948.06.01 14th Olympic Games-Proof Sheets# 18
14th Olympic Games-Proof Sheets# 19
2 Proof Sheet:
#18 & 19
Prf_20
Prf-21
#40-41
1948.10.01 1st Won Series-Proof Sheet# 20
1st Won Series-Proof Sheet# 21
2 Proof Sheet:
#20-21


At the dawning of the Republic of South Korea, the Bureau of Posts decided to jack-up the gift-giving practice, by producing a pseudo-Proof Sheet with a printed topic description at the bottom. This new sheet became to be known as a Jung-jong She-tuh/Presentation Sheet, and records indicate that 300 each, of the first 21 sheets were produced: July 1, 1948 - November 20, 1950.

Presentation Sheets

Images displayed here, were copied from the 2001-KPC (2001 Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue); or the 1997 Korean Standard Stamp Catalogue.

Stamp No. Date of Issue Subject/Topic # of
Issue/s
Remarks
Pres-1
#34
1948.07.01 Opening of the National Assembly-Presentation Sheet# 1 1 Presentation
Sheet# 1
Pres-2-3
#35-36
1948.08.01 Promulgation of the Constitution
Presentation Sheets# 2

Presentation Sheets# 3
2 Presentation
Sheet# 2, 3
Pres-4
#37
1948.08.05 1st Presidential Inauguration
Presentation Sheet# 4
1 Presentation
Sheet# 4
Pres_5-6
#38-39
1948.08.15 Establishment of Government
Presentation Sheets# 5

Presentation Sheets# 6
2 Presentation
Sheet# 5, 6
Pres-7
#42
1949.02.12 U.N. Commission on Korea
Presentation Sheet# 7
1 Presentation
Sheet# 7
Pres-8
#43
1949.04.25 1st National Census
Presentation Sheet# 8
1 Presentation
Sheet# 8
Pres-9
#44
1949.05.05 20th Childresn's Day
Presentation Sheet# 9
1 Presentation
Sheet# 9
Pres-10
#55
1949.08.25 1st Anniv. of Independence
Presentation Sheet# 10
1 Presentation
Sheet# 10
Pres-11
#56
1949.09.18 50th Anniv. of National Railroad
Presentation Sheet# 11
1 Presentation
Sheet# 11
Pres-12
#60
1949.10.15 75th Anniv. of U.P.U
Presentation Sheet# 12
1 Presentation
Sheet# 12
Pres-13
#63
1950.01.01 Opening of Domestic Air Mail Service
Presentation Sheet# 13
1 Presentation
Sheet# 13
Pres_14-15
#64-65
1950.01.01 50th Anniv. of Admission to the U.P.U
Presentation Sheets# 14

Presentation Sheet# 15
2 Presentation
Sheet# 14, 15
Pres_16-17
#66-67
1950.03.10 31st Anniv. of March Revolution
Presentation Sheet# 16

Presentation Sheet# 17
2 Presentation
Sheet# 16, 17
Pres-18
#68
1950.05.30 2nd General Election
Presentation Sheet# 18
1 Presentation
Sheet# 18
Pres_19-21
#69-71
1950.11.20 Unification of National Land
Presentation Sheet# 19

Presentation Sheet# 20
Presentation Sheet# 21
3 Presentation
Sheets# 19-21
Pres_22-25
#72-75
1951.04.01 Definitive Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 22

Presentation Sheet# 23
Presentation Sheet# 24
Presentation Sheet# 25
4 Presentation
Sheets# 22-25
Pres-26
#81
1951.07.01 Definitive Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 26
1 Presentation
Sheet# 26
Pres_27-48
#82-123,
131-132
1951.09.15 1951.10.25
1952.02.10
21 Countries Participating in the Korean War
Presentation Sheets# 27-48

A second Sheet for Italy, without a "Crown", was printed 1952.02.10
22 Presentation
Sheets# 27-48
Pres_49-50
#133-134
1952.02.22 Definitive Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 49

Presentation Sheet# 50
2 Presentation
Sheets# 49-50
Pres-51
#135
1952.09.10 2nd Presidential Inauguration
Presentation Sheet# 51
1 Presentation
Sheet# 51
Pres_52-54
#136-138
1952.10.15 3rd Air Mail
Presentation Sheets# 52-54
3 Presentation
Sheets# 52-54
Pres_55-56
#139-140
1952.10.20 Definitive Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 55

Presentation Sheet# 56
2 Presentation
Sheet# 55-56
Pres_57-58
#149-150
1953.08.01 Red Cross Fund Collection
Presentation Sheets# 57-58
2 Presentation
Sheets# 57-58
Pres-59
#151
1953.10.25 50th Anniv. of the YMCA
Presentation Sheet# 59
1 Presentation
Sheet# 59
Pres_60-64
#152-156
1954.04.01 &
1954.04.16
Definitive Stamps
Presentation Sheets# 60-64
5 Presentation
Sheets# 60-64
Pres_65-69
#157-161
1954.07.01 East-Gate Design Air Mail
Presentation Sheet# 65

Presentation Sheet# 66
Presentation Sheet# 67
Presentation Sheet# 68
Presentation Sheet# 69
5 Presentation
Sheets# 65-69
Pres_70-72
#162-164
1954.09.15 Definitive Stamps ("Dok Islands" Series
Presentation Sheet# 70-72
3 Presentation
Sheets# 70-72
Pres_73-74
#165-166
1954.12.12 4th World Forestry Congress (India)
Presentation Sheet# 73-74
2 Presentation
Sheets# 73-74
Pres_75-77
#167-169
1954.12.25 Korea-USA Defense Treaty
Presentation Sheet# 75-77
3 Presentation
Sheets# 75-77
Pres_78-81
#170-173
1955.02.10 Definitive Stamps-Industrial Reconstruction Series
Presentation Sheet# 78-81
4 Presentation
Sheets# 78-81
Pres_82-84
#174-176
1955.02.23 50th Anniv. of Rotary International
Presentation Sheet# 82-84
3 Presentation
Sheets# 82-84
Pres-85
#177
1955.03.26 80th Birthday of President Rhee
Presentation Sheet# 85
1 Presentation
Sheet# 85
Pres_86-87
#178-179
1955.08.15 10th Anniv. of Liberation
Presentation Sheets# 86-87
2 Presentation
Sheets# 86-87
Pres_88-89
#180-181
1955.10.23 National Athletic Games
Presentation Sheets# 88-89
2 Presentation
Sheets# 88-89
Pres_90-91
#182-183
1955.10.24 10th Anniv. of U.N.
Presentation Sheets# 90-91
2 Presentation
Sheets# 90-91
Pres-92
#189
1955.11.01 Definitive Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 92
1 Presentation
Sheet# 92
Pres-93
#190
1955.11.11 10th Anniv. of Navy
Presentation Sheet# 93
1 Presentation
Sheet# 93
Pres-94
#191
1956.03.26 81st Birthday of President Rhee
Presentation Sheets# 94
1 Presentation
Sheet# 94
Pres_95-97
#198-200
1956.07.20 Thin laid paper Air Mail
Presentation Sheets# 95-97
3 Presentation
Sheets# 95-97
Pres_98-99
#201-202
1956.08.15 3rd Presidential Inauguration
Presentation Sheets# 98-99
2 Presentation
Sheets# 98-99
Pres_100-101
#203-204
1956.11.01 18th Olympic Games
Presentation Sheets# 100-101
2 Presentation
Sheets# 100-101
Pres_102-104
#205-207
Pres_105-107
#208-210
1956.12.04 Communications Day
Presentation Sheets# 102-104

Definitive Stamps
Presentation Sheets# 105-107
6 Presentation
Sheets# 102-107
Pres-108
#216-217
1957.01.31 5th Anniv. of Admission to the U.I.T.
Presentation Sheet# 108

1st Presentation Sheet printed in miniature, and containing English topic
1 Presentation
Sheet# 108
Pres-109
#221-222
1957.02.27 50th Anniv. of the Boy Scouts
Presentation Sheet# 109
1 Presentation
Sheet# 109
Pres-110-113
#227-230
1957.06.15 Definitive Stamps
Presentation Sheet# 110
Presentation Sheet# 111
Presentation Sheet# 112
Presentation Sheet# 113
4 Presentation
Sheet# 110-113
Pres-114-116
#231, 233-234
1957.06.25 Definitive Stamps
Presentation Sheet# 114-116
3 Presentation
Sheet# 114-116
Pres-117-119
#236-238
1957.07.05 Definitive Stamps
Presentation Sheet# 117
Presentation Sheet# 118
Presentation Sheet# 119
3 Presentation
Sheet# 117-119
Pres-120
#241
1957.09.01 Funding Stamp
Presentation Sheet# 120
1 Presentation
Sheet# 120



On November 7, 1957, the Ministry of Communications issued the first Soe-hyung She-tuh/S/S through normal postal channels. It contained images of stamp#'s 242 & 243; "Commerce Treaty with the USA"; and was issued in the amount of 2,000.

Soe-hyung, literally translated means "smaller version of", or "miniature of", and has no relationship to "souvenir" or "rememberance". It is not known to me, who began the "Souvenir Sheet" class of philatelic item, that has ensued for the past fifty years.

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