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Date of Issue : 2023.08.14
Types : 2
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3704
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Size of Stamp : 32 × 33
: 4 × 4
Image Area : 30.5 × 33
Paper : null
Perforation : 13¾ × 14
Printer : POSA
Designer : Ryu,Ji-hyeong
Quantity : null
When watching movies or dramas depicting the Japanese colonial period, you may have come across foreigners who actively supported the Korean independence movement. The presence of these characters, many of whom are based on real-life individuals, indicates the significant contribution of foreigners to Korea`s struggle for independence. Korea Post is issuing this commemorative stamp series featuring two notable figures who aided the Korean independence movement: Frank William Schofield and George Lewis Shaw. Frank William Schofield (1889–1970), a British-born Canadian missionary, first came to Korea in 1916 as a professor of bacteriology at Severance Medical College. From the first day of the March 1st Movement in 1919, he took photographs and documented the movement to spread awareness about it overseas. He also visited the site of the Jeamri Massacre and recorded the atrocities committed by the Japanese. Even after returning to Canada, he tried to keep raise awareness about the Korean grim situation through lectures and journals, and criticized Japan`s imperialism. After Korea`s national independence, he returned to Korea once again and taught veterinary pathology, and raised his voice through lectures and journals to advocate for the rights of Koreans and Korea`s democratization. In 1968, he received the Order of Merit for National Foundation, and on April 12, 1970, he passed away and was buried in the graveyard for patriots at the Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-dong. George Lewis Shaw (1880–1943), a British man of Irish descent, was involved in trade and shipping in Andong Province (present-day Dandong), China, and actively supported the activities of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. One notable contribution was the establishment of a transportation office within his trading company Yilyungyanghaeng to assist the Yeontongje, the secret contact network of the Provisional Government. He began actively supporting the movement during the March 1st Movement in 1919 and ensured the safety of Korean independence activists and supported their activities by utilizing his ships to facilitate their arrivals and departures as well as providing them with shelter. However, in 1920, he was arrested by Japanese police and spent four months in prison. Even after his release and return to Andong, he continued his independence movement activities until 1938 and passed away on November 13, 1943 in Fuzhou. In 1963, the Korean government posthumously awarded him the Order of Merit for National Foundation to honor his contributions. The commemorative stamps feature images commemorating the achievements of these two figures. On the left side, there is a photograph taken by Schofield capturing the March 1st Movement demonstration in front of the Daehanmun Gate. Below that, there is a statue of Schofield taking photos with his camera, located at the Jeam-ri March 1st Movement Memorial Hall. In the top right corner, there is a newspaper article from Dong-A Ilbo dated August 11(자간 증가), 1920, reporting on Shaw`s arrest by Japanese police. It is also accompanied by a picture of Shaw taken during his visit to Japan. We hope that these stamps serve as a reminder of the invaluable contributions made by foreign individuals who dedicated themselves to Korea`s independence, especially as Gwangbokjeol (National Liberation Day) approaches.