New Issues 2020: North Korea (Pre-Paid Postcards)

Lucky Stamps | Blue Moon Philatelic | DPRK Stamps & Covers (Facebook Group) 01 January 2020 Pre-Paid Postcards  Each of the five postcards measure 148 x 105 mm and bear a denomination of 10 won.  Designed by Kim Jin Song, they have the following descriptions in the Korean Stamp Corporation announcement:  Under the We will defend generation after generation our national flag which is replete with … Continue reading New Issues 2020: North Korea (Pre-Paid Postcards)

New Issues 2020: North Korea (New Year Juche 109)

Lucky Stamps | Blue Moon Philatelic | DPRK Stamps & Covers (Facebook Group) 01 January 2020 New Year Juche 109 In the Korean Stamp Corporation announcement, the 10-won New Year 109 (2020) stamp is described as “Under the Uplifted Banner of Self-Reliance.” It was designed by Choe Kuk Chol and printed using offset lithography in a quantity of 20,000 perforated and 2,000 imperforate copies. It measures … Continue reading New Issues 2020: North Korea (New Year Juche 109)

My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-09

I was about ready to call this a “slow philatelic news week” and publish a very short update article when the United States Postal Service chose today to announce three new stamp issues due later this year. Unfortunately, the anticipated issue for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is not among them. The information about each issue comes directly from the USPS press release: Sesame … Continue reading My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-09

My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-08

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much of a philatelic week last week as most of my time was spent working on school-related tasks. The end of the long school year is upon us and next week is comprised solely of final exams — tests in English and Chinese subjects Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the Thai language exams occurring on Thursday and Friday. My M3-level students (roughly equivalent to the Sophomore level of high school in the United States) will take entrance exams for different schools on Monday before starting their holidays next Tuesday). The 2019-2020 school year will begin in early May, probably the Tuesday following the Royal Coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkhorn (Rama X). There should be plenty of Thailand Post philatelic items surrounding that long-awaited event.

Postccrossing postcard received on March 2, 2019, bearing one stamp from 2017 and two from 2018, nicely postmarked (many covers and cards from the U.S. miss postmarks entirely).

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Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-07

While the week before was largely celebratory with a three-day local festival plus Valentine’s Day, this past week has been all about work as we prepare for the rapidly approaching end of the school year. While I am a classroom teacher (high school level in the Intensive English Programme this term), I am first and foremost an administrator. This means that in addition to preparing … Continue reading Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-07