Korea had been occupied by Japan since 1910 until it was liberated as a result of the defeat of Japan in the Second World War. As in Europe, Korea was divided at the end of the war for the purpose of taking the Japanese surrender, which meant a Soviet zone was formed in the northern part of the peninsula, and an American zone in the south. In this talk, I will examine comparatively the different types of stamps issued by the occupying powers and then by the new states up to 1953. I will look at the semiotics of the design stamps issued north and south to illustrate how even subtle features of stamp design reveal a different political agenda
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