February, 2003

I hope that you enjoyed the double issue to finish up the 2002 issues, along with your special gift of “My Own Stamps” with our anniversary logo in it! This should prove to be an unusual, and certainly unique, collector’s item for Korean collectors.

I want to draw your attention to the first letter in the Letters to the Editors.
The letter follows:
         I note on your website (written to Harry Penn, our webmaster)
         that you offer to assist in finding Korean Stamps. I would like to
         purchase postally used modern Korean stamps in a large lot (all different),
         but I am unable to find a source. Perhaps you could help me??

This is a question I have long puzzled over. With all of the mission mixtures, kiloware, and other types of offers that are out there for almost every country, why isn’t there a source for Korean stamps. I have long thought that this would be a great way for a Korean church, or university, or school, or even philatelic organization to raise money. I’m sure there is a pent up demand for such stamps, especially with used stamps of the last decade or so. Such stamps are almost impossible to find, and someone, somewhere, must surely be using them. Even the “My Own Stamps” that are out there, if saved on cover could create a very interesting and vast collection option. Maybe some of our friends in Korea will hear this "cry" and begin to do something about it...for the mutual benefit of all!

If our journal is to represent Korean philately, we need to be sure to represent both of the Koreas in our journal. I know this gets boring, but I do want to invite you to consider making your contribution to the journal—a research article, a small article, a letter to the editor, a favorite item—will all be welcome!

I have just read an editorial in Linn’s talking about the difficulty of finding good stamp hinges that will come off easily, as well as holding stamps to the page. The editor suggests that good “old” Dennisen stamp hinges are currently selling for $20 a packet of 1,000 on e-bay. I have a case of 50 packets buried in my den somewhere. I always thought I could recover something on my stamp collection, but stamp hinges??? Hard to believe.

I have had a number of interesting conversations with Michael Rogers recently. Michael continues to be a strong supporter of Korean philately in general and of our Society, specifically. He has recently offered to provide free of charge the first two monographs to the first-time members of the Society. He hopes to see our membership double (which would put it close to 250), and he claims he has enough monographs to support this. Just think—it would only take each of us bringing one collector into the fold. In his last mail sale, he dedicated a full page to advertising this offer.

With the addition of DPRK to Scott’s— at least we have a beginning, up to 1974—we should begin to see other stamp collectors ensnared by the intrigue of Korean stamps and, thus, potential members of the Society. I hope to be able to include an article on the process of including the DPRK stamps in a future issue.

There is another first with this issue—a page in color! While this adds to the value of the associated article, it also means more cost to the Society. We’ll have to continue to monitor this to see if the cost and benefits balance off. Let me know what you think.

With this issue off to press, the May issue will follow shortly. The August issue won’t be too far behind, but it, too, will be late. My goal is to be caught up and on target by the end of the year. My travels, mostly professional, continue unabated, and that just makes putting everything together that is needed for my professional life and KP really difficult. I continue to enjoy this work very much, but I find that the time is just not there for me. Of course, becoming a grandfather for the second time just two months ago doesn’t help—with two granddaughters, this grandfather is kept very busy!

Second Call - Volunteer to Serve as Librarian Sought

     We are looking for a volunteer to serve as KSS Librarian to pick up on the excellent work begun by our past two librarians, Stanley Kim and William Collyer. If you are interested, please contact our President, Peter Beck, whose information is contained on the inside cover of this issue.

         The Librarian’s duties will include:
1.   Serve actively as a member of the KSS Executive Board.
2.   Communicate with the librarian at the Western Philatelic Library (WPL) about our collection there.
3.   Submit a column for each KP, including all references to Korean philately in the philatelic press. The Editor is willing to work with the Librarian on this task.
4.   Identify published materials related to Korean philately so the Editor can obtain review copies.
5.   Complete the draft of the Cumulative Index or provide feedback as the Index is completed.
6.   Communicate Korean holdings in the WPL to the membership via KP.
7.   Communicate actively with the Editor and the Board.
8.   In cooperation with the staff of WPL, continuously update the Cumulative Index and annually publish supplements as part of KP.
9.   Other items as mutually agreed upon.

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