Philately: The Korea Stamp Society; a Phoenix from the Ashes

By SmileToBeFree | SmileToBeFree | 14 May 2020

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In this digital age of computers, smart phones and tablets, we all need a break from our screens once in a while.

In search of this change many of us seem to be returning to the traditional hobbies and pastimes of a simpler age.  Comics, vintage role playing game, star wars figures, trading cards have become increasingly fill the lists of established auction house where once they were merely the preserve of sites like ebay.  

The pursuit of profit perhaps, but the pursuit of pleasure also and that is for sure.

This has proved equally true for my particular counterweigh on the scales of 'work life balance'; stamp collecting.

To illustrate this I would like to share with you the a little about the recent history of the Korea Stamp Society (KSS).

The KSS was established in 1952 and presently made up of around 200 members worldwide, it is a small but active society interested in all things connect to Korean philately.

However, this was not always the case and for years membership numbers had been dwindling until 2 years ago only 20 members remain and they were about to close the doors for good. 

Instead a decision was made to have one final throw of the dice and thanks to the energy and determination of those hardy few, a new website was created, Facebook and Twitter pages added and the KSS journal, Korean Philately, was published for the first time in seven years.

Korean Philately - Issue 1; the first for 7 years

Korean Philately - Issue 2; issue 3 is scheduled for release on July 1st 2020

With new members joining every week this remarkable efforts has paid off and the KSS can once more look confidently to the future.

Membership to the KSS is free so if you collect stamps, once had a stamp collection, or if you enjoy a good read about history, geography and design, come and have a look for yourself.

All articles that you will find on the website are written entirely by the KSS's members, which now includes some of the leading authorities, not merely in Korean philately, but of the stamp-collecting community worldwide. 

All the links you need are below.

Thank you for reading and all the best,

Simon - KSS Chair 2020

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A film-making stamp collector, interested in natural health and well being; happy to write about all and everything while making movies on my smart phone. Also the Festival Director of the BAFTA Qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.


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