November 2005

With this issue, we put closure on Volume 50, and I am very excited about beginning to work on Volume 51. I am on target to be caught up by the August issue of this year, if you provide me with sufficient material to keep things going!

Almost weekly, Linn ‘s has an article on some new application of the personalized stamps now available in the U.S.A. On January 5, 2006, President Bush signed a bill rescinding a century’s old law that prohibited the use of company logos on any U.S. security, including postage stamps, opening the way for companies to use their logos in this way.

During my leave, I spent a month in Taiwan. One of the universities at which I taught (Yuan-Ze University) has used one of the personalized stamp formats available there to show off all of its buildings. It is used pri­marily as a gift for visitors, but it is also sold as a souvenir. I visited the Ali-shon Mountain (actually a redundancy), a major tourist attraction that is the highest point in Taiwan and went to the mountain-top post office (see Figure 1). There were displayed there several dif­ferent personalized stamp formats, each with a different set of views from the mountain. The branch manager himself came out to give us a brochure on using the personalized stamps, en­couraging us to use the photos that we took while there to make our own souvenir sheet.

With all of this interest in personalized stamps around the world, I am a little surprised that I have not seen an article about various uses of Korea’s personalized stamps, especially used on cover. While probably not a valuable collection, it would certainly be of great inter­est. Does anyone have such a collection? Does anyone know if companies in Korea are using the stamps on their mail with their logos? Cer­tainly, the Korean post office allows such, as many readers will recall the use of our logo on Korean stamps as part of our 50th anniversary celebration as a society. I’d love to hear from anyone who has explored this aspect of Korean philately.

During Spring Break time, my wife and I spent a week in Orlando, Florida, with our youngest daughter, her husband, and two of our grandkids. While there, we went to visit some of our son-in-law’s relatives who live in Winter Park. I realized that Michael Rogers has his stamp shop there, and we were staying pretty close to Winter Paxk. So I called and set up a time for us to meet (see Figure 2 of Michael Rogers and me in his stamp store). He gave me a tour of his front office and back office, and we chatted for over an hour. What fun! And what an impressive operation he has—both in terms of his retail store and his auction and mail sate business. Listening to his success, and meeting his staff, it is surprising that others have not figured out how to make such a com­bined business work. His price lists are very successful, as are all other aspects of his busi­ness. Somehow, in this age of on-line busi­nesses, he even makes his supplies business work. Congratulations, Michael, on being so successful, and thanks for sharing your expertise with us in KSS! Relationships like this are one of the great benefits of KSS membership! KP

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