May, 2003

   This issue completes the three-issue installment on Roman-letter postmarks from Japan used in Korea from Chuck Swenson's yet-to-be-published book. I want, again, to express my appreciation to him for allowing us to reproduce this very interesting and enlightening study.

   You may have noted that the Scott's Catalogue has begun the process of listing the stamps of North Korea (DPRK). The article annoucing the listing (see the Jones article in the Library column) acknowledges the input of KSS members James Kerr, Ted Hallock, and George Luzitano. Jones is also very complimentary of KSS member, Taizo Maeda's DPRK (North Korea) 1946-1957 Plate Identified, a Handbook. This has clearly been a lot of work, and there is still a lot of work ahead. It will be interesting to hear how you think the catalogue deals with some of the tricky early issues of the DPRK, especially related to the reprints. There has been much confusion among the catalogues that have listed the stamps of North Korea. Let's hope that this process provides some clarity. It will certainly help to support the growth of collectors interested in the stamps of North Korea and, hopefully, of South Korea, as well. I'd love to have someone (or several of you) step forward with a review of the new catalogue--either the whole area or sections of particular interest! We are particularly invited by Scott's to provide feedback regarding valuations. The very detailed article in this issue from Maeda will be very helpful to all catalogues in helping them sort out the complexities of these issues. It will also help collectors who have been cataloguing their DPRK stamps using a variety of catalogues to sort out their numbers and determine what they have.

   The 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice has certainly attracted a lot of attention--commemorative stamps from the U. S., Canada, New Zealand (see article in this issue), and others, I'm sure; magazine and newspaper articles; and much television coverage. Add to this the ongoing "negotiations" with North Korea, and there is considerably more awareness about Korea among the public. Such visibility can't help but add some interest in collecting items related to Korea, including stamps! (An interesting "modern" article on stamps issued for the 50th anniversary of the armistice would be very welcome!)

   You may recall concerns expressed by Robert Collins (the author of our monoraph on the Korean War) regarding the lack of knowledge of juges regarding the difficulty of putting together a collection of Korean War items. His Korean War exhibit has garnered a vermeil at the Plymouth Show in Michigan in April, 2003. Congratulations Bob! And Steve Luciuk has written a wonderful and detailed article on Canada's postal history related to the Korean War in BNATopics. It, too, is referenced in the Library column. This is a must read if you are interested in postal history related to the Korean War!

  My international travels continue, causing me to continue to be behind in publication of KP. In early October, I traveled to Dubai to deliver a keynote address, returned home for just three days and took off again for Bahrain where I taught the first half of a course on International Business and Globalization in an Executive MBA program for King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. The second half was taught in early December, right after a return from Thailand, where I chaired a major Asian conference in Human Resource Development. All of this activity has clearly interfered with my ability to keep up to date. I am hoping that you will see the next issue of this journal soon, with high expectations that I will be caught up soon.

   I appreciate those of you who continue to send me articles in spite of the delays in publishing. Please keep the articles coming. I will run through what I have on hand quickly with three issues comming out in close proximity to each other.KP

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