Vintage Stamps

I seldom noticed stamps in the past, but these days I’ve been taking a closer look. Recently I got a really amazing scratch and sniff chocolate stamp from Belgium! This one card made me dig into my collection, whip out my magnifying glass (nerdy, I know) and review hundreds of old postcards and letters. I never expected stamps to provide such interesting information, but they do. Here are some vintage stamps that I have found over the years.

Sapporo 1972 Olympic Winter Games. Nippon, Japan
Downhill skiing, couples figure skating and bobsledding.

Above are stamps of the current South Korean president’s parents.
Left (November 1974) & Right (February 1980)

LEFT – Yuk Young-soo: (November 29, 1925 – August 15, 1974) “was the wife of the 3rd South Korean president Park Chung-hee and the mother of incumbent South Korean president Park Geun-hye. She was assassinated in 1974.”

RIGHT – Park Chung-hee: (14 November 1917 – 26 October 1979) “was a South Korean president and military general who led South Korea from 1961 until his assassination in 1979. Park was eventually assassinated on 26 October 1979 by Kim Jae-gyu, the chief of his own security services.[1] He had led South Korea for 18 years.”

Many people thought that President Park had brought the country out of economic turmoil and so they praised him. Others, disliked this leader because he was a dictator and killed several Koreans during his 18 year term.

IMG_0163Korean Folkway Series 3rd Issue (August, 1986)

These stamps were issued just one month before I was born. My set is missing one stamp of a man dressed in purple carrying what looks to be a bass drum. These stamps were designed to recognize the “Nongak” tradition which refers to “farmer’s music”, a style of drumming, dancing and singing performed by farmers.

IMG_0160You can see a Nongak stamp (bottom, second from left) on this 60th anniversary seal set.
The 2013 Christmas seals are a collection of Korea’s 10 best stamps.
From top left to bottom right:
Xmas and New Year Greetings, Good Health (1932-1933)
Holiday Greetings (1940-1941)
Girl in Hanbok (1953)
Snow and a symbol (1957-1958)
Holiday Red and Gold Bird (1965)
Turtle Ship (1967)
Korean Folkway (1988)
Figure Skater Yuna Kim (2009)
Holiday Pororo Cartoon Character (2011)

I bought ten (yes, ten!) of these sheets, thinking that they were stamps. I was furious when I was told that these couldn’t be used to send. I hadn’t realized that they were just seals. I ended up using most of the seals to decorate envelopes and eventually was left with this one sheet. I will keep it with the other vintage stamps. Lots of variety in this 60th anniversary set.



  1. I love pretty stamps! Today I found a London 2012 first class stamp in my drawer and got excited! It’s not as pretty as your stamps though. They are so hard to find where I live!

    1. Ohh nice!! Canadian stamps are so boring but every so often I check online and there are some interesting ones. Recently they started with the UNESCO stamps but unfortunately they are only domestic (boo!!)

      I found these at a street vendor who was selling them (and old coins) at a tourist area called Insadong (in Soul). I think I paid a few dollars for each. They had old postcards too. I’ve realized that you can buy a lot of these stamps and seals online (Ebay and Etsy probably) but I am not a super stamp collector. I just find them fascinating!

      I had also bought tons of Donald Duck, Peter Pan and other Disney oversized stamps. They were from Grenada (30 cents ea) but I sent them out to people. Actually, I just sent the last one today! In a way I wished that I had kept them… but it was nice sharing them and I’ve also received really incredible stamps from other people in so many different countries. So it all works out 🙂

      1. No I’m not a stamp collector either but I love to see all of the gorgeous stamps from other countries.

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