N Korea releases anti-US postage stamps

Dhaka,  Sat,  22 July 2017
Published : 17 Jul 2017, 19:38:18 | Updated : 17 Jul 2017, 19:41:35
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N Korea releases anti-US postage stamps

N Korea releases anti-US postage stamps
North Korea has marked the anniversary of the Korean War—and its annual “Struggle Against US Imperialism Month”—by releasing two anti-American postage stamps, according to CNN.

Featuring warheads pointed at Capitol Hill, and a fist crushing a US missile, the stamps continue Pyongyang’s long tradition of issuing enemy-baiting collectors’ items.

But anti-American imagery forms just a fraction of the pantheon of bold, bizarre and, in some cases, extraordinarily mundane designs issued by the reclusive state each year

An online catalog maintained by the country’s stamp-issuing authority, the Korea Stamp Corporation, lists over 70 different design categories. Topics like “revolutionary history” and “Respected Comrade Kim Jong-un” appear alongside soft power celebrations of transport, infrastructure, and innovation.

But there are some unexpected categories too, including “mushrooms,” “crustaceans,” and “chess.” Keen philatelists have also drawn attention to North Korea’s apparent fondness for depicting cute kittens.

With its eyes firmly on the collectors’ market, Pyongyang has turned the stamp industry into a steady source of income, according to the head of Asia studies at the University of British Columbia, Ross King.

“In the broad scheme of things, collector-oriented stamps far outweigh those with a political message,” King said on the phone.

“They even had Princess Diana on the stamps back in the 80s when they thought that Brits were buying stamps.”

King believes the country is “right up there with the United States” as one of the most prolific stamp-issuing authorities in the world.

“The US is another example of a country that uses the postal service to make a ton of money from gullible collectors,” King said.

“North Korea and the United States are very similar in that respect.”

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)

 
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