KSS's Library

Library Column
William Collyer, Librarian,

November 2002


Herman ‘Pat” Herst used to advise his many readers to “Buy the Book Before You Buy the Stamp.” Now you can borrow the book before you buy the stamp!

GOOD NEWS. The Korea Stamp Society (KSS) Library is now in the physical possession of the Western Philatelic Library (WPL) in Sunnyvale, California, Sunnyvale is very close to both San Jose and San Francisco. The WPL not only houses the KSS Library but has a room full of other philatelic reference books, magazines, and other publications related to all aspects of stamp collecting.

BETTER NEWS. The KSS Library is still owned by the KSS. The WPL houses the KSS Library in its building in Sunnyvale. KSS members may either visit the WPL site or write or e-mail the WPL for information about the KSS Library. The WPL also has philatelic reference works available on almost any topic of philatelic interest. And you do not need to be a WPL member to use the WPL Library! However, you must be a KSS member to borrow any item from the KSS Library.

There are three ways to contact the WPL:
1. Visit the Library in the Raynor Community Center, Building 6,1500 Partridge Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, or
2. Write to the WPL at P0 Box, 2219, Sunny-vale, CA, 94087-2219, or
3. Send an e-mail to Stuart Leven, WPL President, (stulev@ix.netcom.com) or visit the WPL web site at: (www.fivpl.org)

Questions concerning the KSS Library may also be directed to: William M. Collyer, KSS Librarian, Post Office Box 4158, Saticoy, California, 93007-0158 or by e-mail to: (williamcollyer@aol com)

BEST NEWS: KSS Members may now use a draft index to Korean Philately. The 99-page index, prepared by Stanley Kim, covers most articles found in Korean Philately during the period October 1951 thru November 1997.

KSS members may send topic requests to the KSS Librarian, who will, in turn, send the member a ‘tear” sheet photocopy from the Cumulative Index. An SASE is requested for this service. DO NOT SEND YOUR REQUEST TO STANLEY KIM. Back issue copies of Korean Philately are for sale from John Talmage, KSS Secretary-Treasurer. In the future a photocopy of articles appearing in Korean Philately may be available from the KSS Library. However, this service is not yet available; only access to the draft of the KP Cumulative Index is available at this time.

DONATIONS TO THE KSS LIBRARY are always needed. Philatelic or non-philatelic topics relating to Korea (Empire, South Korea or North Korea) are needed. Please contact the KSS Librarian if you have any materials you wish to donate.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED: Kim Kap-Sik has recently (July, 2002) authored Korean Stamps and How to Collect Korean Stamps. While the book is written entirely in Korean there is a detailed table of contents in English, and the book is extensively illustrated. The one page description provided in the book’s foreword follows:
“There are quite a large number of people who collect Korean Stamps. And yet, many of them don’t have adequate knowledge of stamp collection and, thus, fall short of making a good collection no matter how much money they may spend on it. This book contains es-sential knowledge of philately put in easy-to-understand terms.

“In Chapter 1, stories are told of the unique circumstances in which the stamps In Korea were issued. This is followed by Chapter 2 which contains the information on categories and dates of issue of Korea’s stamps ranging from those of the country’s very first issue to stamps of today. For ease of reference, a table is included showing the particulars of each stamp.

“Chapter 3 tells the readers how to avoid waste in collecting stamps. In Chapter 4, detailed information is given on the units and objects of stamp-collection by category. And various changes that take place in the process of the production of stamps are described in Chapter 4. In Chapter 6, on the other hand, an attempt is made to classify stamps from the user’s point of view, describing in easy-to-understand terms the characteristics of date stamps, a wide range of postal items dispatched by mail, and so on so forth.

“Some usefull bits of advice are given in Chapters 7 through 9 on how to acquire philatelic knowledge, put the stamps in order, and preserve the stamps long in good condi-tion. Chapter 10 suggests some ideas as to how to utilize the knowledge acquired from the earlier chapters in such practical aspects as preparing philatelic exhibits and placing them on display at a philatelic exhibition.

“Since the whole range of philatelic aspects of the Korean stamps is covered in this one single book, the readers are advised that they read it page by page methodically so as to see things in their right perspective,”

The 2003 Korean Standard Stamp Catalogue has also been published and was for sale during PHILAKOREA 2002.

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