This newsletter focuses on North Korea, and we show you a few of the many beautiful stamps issued there, as well as some the motifs most favored there.
This, and much more, can be found below - happy reading!
Special Stamps - North Korea
North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as it has been known since the end of the Japanese occupation in 1945, is one of the most secluded countries in the world. There is very little contact with the outside world, and there is a great deal of secrecy as to what is actually going on in the country.
North Korea was established as a Socialist state at the end of World War II, and in cooperation with the Soviet Union, Kim Il-sung was named chairman of the Provisional People's Committee for North Korea, and later became the Supreme Leader and Sun of The Nation. Kim Il-sung has been a very popular motif for stamps ever since the formation of North Korea, and he is often depicted receiving praise from the people.
Here Kim Il-sung is depicted on a stamp from 1976, in celebration of his 64th birthday. He is portrayed in the midst of the people, but significantly larger than the people surrounding him.
Ever since Kim Il-sung became the Supreme Leader of North Korea, the country has moved towards a totalitarian dictatorship, with a cult-like depiction of the leader of the country. Kim Il-sung was seen as the Supreme Leader, who by default couldn't make mistakes - his way of thinking was the correct way of thinking. When he died, this royalty-like status was then passed on to his son, Kim Jong-il, depicted here on a stamp from 1992, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his birth.
Conditions for the average North Korean have been bad for a long time, and according to Amnesty International, North Korea is the worst country in the world, when it comes to human rights.
One thing North Korea does well is stamps - North Korean stamps are often spectacular, as they contain a wide variety of colors and designs, as well as a range of popular motifs.
Apart from the motifs, North Korean stamps often have spectacular colors and the images are often beautiful. Often the beautiful stamps are propaganda to further an agenda, but for a collector, they are simply beautiful stamps. See for instance this mini-sheet from 2013.
It was issued in relation to the New Year's speech of Kim Jong-un, and highlights certain aspects of the speech, especially the military, and the developments in the the science program. The sheet contains four beautifully colored stamps, which would all be great additions to any stamp collection.
Would you like to see this in a paper catalogue?
North Korea is a very interesting country collecting-wise, and they have a long history of issuing stamps. At Stampworld, we have a very comprehensive catalogue, containing basically any stamp issued, ever. This is a cornerstone for us, and something that members are very happy about. However, some people prefer the old fashioned way as well, where they have a paper catalogue to go through manually. We understand this, and we have a solution for you.
MICHEL Catalogues have been around for many years, and have built up a great reputation, when it comes to specialized catalogues. If you would like to dive deeper into North Korean stamps, they have you covered: You can get the 2014 version of the Asian Catalogue here, which contains all the stamps of North Korea. You can also pre-order the 2017 version of the Asian Catalogue here. It is issued in September 2017, and will be shipped as soon as it is available.
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