Postage stamps and postal history of North Korea

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This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of North Korea.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, is a country in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang.

Postage stamps are issued by the North Korean postal department and tend to portray patriotic and nationalist themes and are used as a form of propaganda.[1] Since the 1970s North Korea has outproduced South Korea in terms of stamp issuance.[2]


Korea Stamp shop in Pyongyang

The first stamps of North Korea were issued on 12 March 1946.[3] Stamps prior to 1974 dealt primarily with subjects relating specifically to North Korea, its foundation, Kim Il-Sung and other patriotic themes. After 1974, in a bid to bring more hard currency into the country, North Korea began issuing stamps with wide-ranging themes (such as Joan of Arc, airships, sports and wildlife) and using English descriptions.[4]

Wording on the stamps is mostly in Korean. The term "DPR Korea" is written in English.

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  1. ^ Rudiger Frank, Ross King. "Exploring North Korean Arts". p. 205. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rudiger Frank, Ross King. "Exploring North Korean Arts". p. 193. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Korea. Sandafayre Stamp Atlas. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Stamps of North Korea". "Michael Rogers Inc". Retrieved February 2, 2013. 

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