Postage stamps and postal history of North Korea

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A 1974 stamp depicting an Li-2 of Air Koryo in flight.

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" (PDF). p. 205. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rudiger Frank, Ross King. "Exploring North Korean Arts" (PDF). 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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