Glossary – K


K 60 K: Armenia overprint on stamps of Russia
K-numeral-K: Far Eastern Republic surcharge, 1920
K: 1: Scott Catalogue prefix for U.S. Offices in China. 2: (Without country name) Bosnia and Herzegovina money unit. 3: auction catalog abbreviation for Kuna (Croatia); Koruna (Czech Republic), Kroon (Estonia), Kwanza (Angola), Kina (Papua New Guinea), Kip (Laos)Kyat (Myanmar). 4: watermark on sheets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1890- 5: with eagle and United States of America: Connecticut Custom House revenue seal. 6: comb (perforation): if used as suffix to catalog number, it indicates tete-beche variation. 7: German abbreviation for carmine color overprint or surcharge. 8: Kissingen. 9: with crown Krakau. 10. international postal code for Cambodia
Kaapstad (Cape Town): Republic of South Africa
Kabard(ino)-Balkaria, Republic of: Jan.14, 2002: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; not valid for postage
Kabinettbriefstuck: (Ger.) very fine item, choice copy
Kabul, Kingdom of: see Afghanistan
Kabwe: formerly Broken Hill, Zambia
Kachet: (Ger.) cachet
Kadnikof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1871-1914
Kaffebrun: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) coffee-brown (color)
Kafr-Ammar: Egypt, 1879-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kafr-Cheik: Egypt, 1879-1884; see Interpostal seals
Kafr-Daouar: Egypt, 1865-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kafr-Daoude: Egypt, 1879-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kafr-el-Chuar: Egypt, 1872-1874; see Interpostal seals
Kafr-Zayat: Egypt, 1864-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kahului Railroad Company: Hawaii railway that printed stamps for mail carried on their trains to post offices
Kais. Deutsche Marine-Schiffpost: (Ger.) Imperial German Naval ships post
Kaiserlich Deutsche Postagentur Shanghai: German postal agency marking from Shanghai, China, 1886
Kaiserliche Koniglich: (Ger.) Imperial / Royal. Kalkal: Egypt, 1879-1880; see Interpostal seals
Kaiserliche Konigliche Osterreichische Post: inscription on stamps of Austria, Austrian Offices in Turkey
Kais. Koenigl. Oesterreichpost: inscription on stamps of Austria, Austrian Offices in Turkey
Kais. Kon. Zeitungs Stample (Stemple): inscription on stamps of Austria for newspaper tax, Lombardy-Venetia; 1853-90
Kajman Szigetek: (Hung.) the Cayman Islands
Kajoeagoeng: (Japanese occupation) 1942-45, Palembang district Sumatra local overprint
Kakaobrun (Dan., Nor., Swed.) cocoa-brown (color)
Kalaalit Nunaat: (Greenland) Greenland
Kalayaan Nang Pilipinas: inscription on stamps of Japan for Philippines, “Independence” Japanese Occupation, 1943
Kalimantan, republik: bogus overprints for supposed independence movement in Indonesia
Kaliningrad: formerly Konigsberg, USSR
Kalisz: city in German-occupied Russian Poland, local post overprint, 1918-20
Kalman-Inseln: (Ger.) Cayman Islands
Kalmar-Oland Island and Return Experimental Flight: Sweden – 1914 Kalmar-Oland Island and Return Experimental Flight
Kalmykia: c1996; illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Kalymnos: (Ger.) Calino
Kamaran Island: 1915-pre: Turkish post office, 1915: captured by British, 1924: sub-post office of Aden, 1967: became part of Southern Yemen, 1972: Yemen Arab Republic
Kambodscha: (Ger.) Cambodia
Kambodzsa: (Hung.) Cambodia
Kamchatka: c 1996; illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan. 14, 2002, not valid for postage
Kamdar: Indian States term for a princely state administrative officer Kamerun: (Ger.) Cameroun, 1900-18
Kamenotisk: (Czech.) lithography
Kamerun: 1. (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany, 1897-1915; Cameroon. 2. (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Cameroum, Cameroons,
Kammzähnung: (Ger.) see Comb perforation
Kampuchea: see Cambodia
Kamtakking: (Nor.) comb perforation
Kamtakning: (Dan.) comb perforation, Perforering – Kam
Kamtandning: (Swed.) comb perforation
Kamtshatka: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU, Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Kamyishlof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1903-1917
Kan.: abbreviation for Kansas prior to Zip Code usage
Kanada: (Dan., Ger., Nor. Swed.) Canada
Kanadisk: (Dan., Nor.) Canadian
Kanadensisk: (Swed.) Canadian
Kanalinseln: (Ger.) Channel Islands
Kanalsone: (Nor.) the Canal Zone
Kanalzone: (Ger.) Canal Zone
Kanalzonen: (Dan., Swed.) the Canal Zone
Kanaløerne: (Dan.) the Channel Islands
Kanarieöarna: (Swed.) Canary Islands
Kanarische Inseln: (Ger.) Canary Islands
K & Co. (Kennedy & Co.): U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Kanelbrun: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) cinnamon brown (color)
Kangaroo Island: Australian locals
Kangaroos (Roos): name given to the 1913 map and kangaroo design of Australia
Kanpur: also known as Cawnpore, India
Kans.: United States protective overprint for use in Kansas to reduce post office robberies, 1920s
Kansas: U.S. territory May 30, 1854, state Jan. 29, 1861; created from public domain areas
Kansas and Nebraska overprints: an experiment to prevent resale of stolen stamps by overprinting current definitives “Kans.” for sale in Kansas and “Nebr.” for sale in Nebraska; the experiment failed since some postal employees refused to accept them and they were also extensively forged
Kansas City roulettes: Dec. 1914; Kansas City, Mo. post office received imperforate 1¢ and 2¢ stamps in the Washington Head design; the Kansas City postmaster received permission to roulette the stamps and sell them
Kansu-Ningsai-Tsinghai Area: 1949 People’s Post, Northwest China; People’s Republic of China
Kansu Province: a single Chinese stamp was overprinted in Chinese characters for use in that province, Aug. 1949
Kantara: Egypt, 1868-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kanton: (Ger.) Canton
Kanturk & Newmarket Railway Company: British railway local post
Kap: currency unit of Latvia
Kap der Guten Hoffnung: (Ger.) Cape of Good Hope
Kap det Gode Håb: (Dan.) Cape of Good Hope
Kapeikas: unit of currency in Latvia
Kap Juby: (Ger.) Cape Juby
Kapstaden: (Dan.) Cape Town (South Africa)
Kap Verdeöarna: (Swed.) Cape Verde Islands
Kap Verdische Inseln: (Ger.) Cape Verde Islands
Kap Verdiske øer: (Dan.) the Cape Verde Islands
Kar: (Ger.) carmine (color)
Karabakh: bogus Russian issue, not valid for postage
Karabino-Balkaria: bogus Russian issue
Karachay-Cherkessia (Karachaevo-Cherksia): illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU, Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Karácsony Szigetek: (Hung.) Christmas Island
Karakalpakia: c1995, bogus Uzbekistan, USSR, not valid for postage
Karakalpaston: bogus Russian issue
Karbardino-Balkaria: bogus Russian issue
Karbovanetz: unit of currency in the Ukraine; also called the ruble
Kardinalrød: (Dan., Nor.) cardinal red (color)
Kardinalröd: (Swed.) cardinal red (color), Mörkröd
Karelen: (Swed.) Karelia
Karelia: northwestern Soviet Russia; currency: 100 pennia = 1 markka 1921, Nov. 21: independent state 1922: No. 1, 5 pennia dark gray, first stamp issue; rebellion of Karelians, 1941, Oct. 1: stamps of Finland overprinted for Russian territory of Eastern Karelia under Finnish administration, 1943: semipostal stamp issued for war victims in Eastern Karelia, 1945: Eastern Karelia regained by Russia; Finland
Karelia: c1997, illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan.14, 2002; not valid for postage
Karelia, Eastern: see Karelia
Karelien: (Dan.) Karelia,
Karema: unauthorized overprint on stamps of Belgian Congo for German East Africa
Karen State: bogus issue
Karjala: bogus Russian local overprint for Karelia, 1922
Karki: overprint on stamps of Italy-Aegean islands, 1912-22; Calchi
Karlfonds: (Emperor Karl’s Fund) military field post stamps with charity surcharge for Austria, 1918
Karl Marx Stadt: formerly Chemnitz, German Democratic Republic
Karlovy Vary: (German occupation) 1938, Sudentenland local post
Karlsbad: (German occupation) 1938, Sudentenland local post
Karlsruhe: Privat-Brief-Verkehr; German local: 1: Anselm / Kraut, 1886-1893. 2: Reichhardt, 1886-87. 3: Schmidt / Farrenkopf & Fritz, 1894-1900. 4: Herion
Kármazinvörös: (Hung.) crimson red (color)
Karmesin: (Ger.) crimson (color)
Karmin: (Czech., Dan., Ger., Nor., Swed.) carmine (color)
Karminbrun: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) carmine-brown (color),
Karminfiolett (Dan.) carmine-violet (color)
Karminlilla: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) carmine-lilac (color),
Karminova: (Czech.) carmine (color)
Karminovocervená: (Czech.) carmine-red (color)
Karminovohnedá: (Czech.) carmine-brown (color)
Karminpurpur: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) carmine-purple (color),
Karminrød: (Dan., Nor.) carmine-red (color),
Karminrosa: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) carmine-rose (color),
Karmint påtryck: (Swed.) carmine surcharge
Karminviolet: (Dan.) carmine-violet (color),
Karminviolett: (Swed.) carmine-violet (color)
Kärnten: (Ger.) Carinthia
Kärnten Abstimmung: (Ger.) overprint and surcharge on stamps of Austria for a plebiscite to determine after WW I, if residents of the Province of Carinthia (Kärnten) wanted to remain with Austria (plebiscite decision) or become part of Yugoslavia, June 6, 1919
Karolinen: (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany for Caroline Islands, 1900
Karolinerne: (Dan.) the Caroline Islands
Karolinöarna: (Swed.) the Caroline Islands
Karo Naslaiclams: Feb. 1924 overprint/surcharge on stamps of Lithuania semi-postal for War Invalids
Karoris: Indian States term for collectors of revenue
Karpaten Ukraine: (Ger.) Carpatho Ukraine
Karpathen-Ukraine: (Dan.) Carpatho-Ukraine
Karpát-Ukrajna: (Hung.) Carpatho-Ukraine, Cárpátalja
Karten-Carinthia : Austrian plebesite labels
Kartoe Pos: (Malaya) post card
Kartografie: (Ger.) cartography
Kartonpapier: (Ger.) thick paper
Kasai, South Kasai: Congo non-recognized state, 1961, June 20: first stamps issued, 1961, Oct.: stamps withdrawn
Kaschmir: (Ger.) Indian States, Jammu and Kashmir, 1866-70
Kashira: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1907
Kashmir: (Ger.) Indian States, Jammu and Kashmir, 1866-70
Kasos: (Ger.) Caso
Kassala: Egypt, 1879-1882; see Interpostal seals
Kassel: Courier post, German local, 1893-1900
Kassimof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1869-1875
Kastanhnedavy: (Czech.) chestnut brown (color)
Kastanjebrun: (Nor., Swed.) chestnut brown, maroon (color)
Kastanniebrun: em>(Dan.) chestnut brown, maroon (color)
Kastenzähnung: (Ger.) harrow perforation
Katalog: (Ger.) catalog(ue), a list of certain philtelic items arranged in a certain order
Katalognummer: (Ger.) catalog number; a designated number or set of numbers from a postage stamp or postal history reference universally identifying a philatelic item
Katalogové Císlo: (Czech.) catalog number
Katalogschlager: (Ger.) price list discounted from catalogue listing
Katalogwert: (Ger.) catalog value
Katanga: Central Africa, Congo nonrecognized state, currency: 100 centimes = 1 franc 1960-pre: used stamps of Belgian Congo, 1960, July 11: seceded from Congo Democratic Republic, 1960, Sept.12: No. 1, 50 centimes multicolor, first stamps, stamps of Belgian Congo with overprint “Katanga,” 1960, Dec. 30: postage due stamps, Belgian Congo issue handstamped “Katanga,” 1961, July 11: first semipostal, 1961, Sept.: UN declared secession ended, 1961, Dec.-March 1962: used stamps of Katanga overprinted Congo, 1963: Democratic Republic of Congo
Katastrofepost: (Dan.) catastrophy mail, disaster mail, wreck mail, crash covers (interrupted flight covers)
Katapultpost: (Dan.) ship catapult mail
Katar: (Hung.) Qatar
Katastrophenpost: (Ger.) mail from a disaster, usually marked with a rubber stamped cachet
Katchak Posta: (Turkish characters) “Smuggled Letter,” Turkey, used for smuggled private letters into Greece that were caught, paid double postage and fine
Kathiawar: see Jasden. Kathiri State of Seiyun: 1937-42: used stamps of Aden, post office opened May 25, 1937, 1942, Aug.: first stamps, 1964, July 1, 1964: last issue, replaced by Federation of South Arabia, currently Yemen; see Aden States
Kathiri State of Seiyun: Eastern Aden Protectorate; 1937-42: used stamps of Aden, post office opened May 25, 1937, 1942, Aug.: No.1, 1/2 anna dark green, first stamps valid throughout Aden, 1964, July 1, 1964: last issue, replaced by Federation of South Arabia, currently Yemen; Aden States
Katibo: Donald Evans issue, Surinam
Katie: one of the Sicmon Islands in the South Pacific created by Nick Bantock for his book, “Griffin & Sabine.”
Katin: one of the Sicmon Islands in the South Pacific created by Nick Bantock for his book, “Griffin & Sabine.”
Katona Posta: (Hung.) military posts
Katonai Posta : (Hung.) military post
Katze: (Ger.) cats (thematic)
Kaufen: (Ger.) to buy
Kauft Wohlfahrtsbriefmarken: (Ger.) “Buy charity stamps for the Winter Relief,” Germany machine cancel, 1931-37
Kaulbach Island: Canada local post; island off the coast of Nova Scotia with local post stamp to frank mail to the nearest Canadian post office on the mainland; 1971-84
Kaunas: formerly Kovno, city in Lithuania; 1923-25: known as Kaunas printing, Klaipeda: inscription, Memel, Lithuanian occupation
Kavalla: see Cavalla
Kavárna; (Czech.) coffee house
Kawala: (Ger.) Cavalle
Kawthulay: Burmese related fantasy
Kazakhstan: independent republic in southern Russia; currency: 100 kopecks = 1 ruble, 100 tyyn = 1 tenge 1991, Dec.26: joined with other former Soviet states to form the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1992, March 23: No.1, 50 kopecks multicolor, first stamps, 1992, Aug. 27: joined the UPU, 1994, Nov. 3: first semipostal stamp
Kazan: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1895
Kazovy: (Czech.) faulty, imperfect
K B: Scott Catalogue prefix for exile government semi-postal
Kcs: (Czech.) Czechoslovakian crown
K.D.: Kaiserliche Deutsche (Ger.) Imperial Germany
K.D.P.A.: Königlich Dansk Post Amt. (Dan.) Royal Danish Post Office
“K” die: the 3rd die of the 3-cent stamp of the first series of U.S. stamped envelopes; named after the label ends which resemble the letter “K.”
KE: abbreviation for King Edward VII issues
Kedah: Malaya, Malaysia; upper west side of Malay Peninsula; 1909-pre: sultanate under Thai control, stamps of Siam, 1909: British took over area, stamps of Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements used, 1912, July 1: No.1, 1¢ green and black, first stamps, 1942, May 13: Japanese occupation, Kedah stamps overprinted “Dai Nippon,” 1943, Oct. 19: ceded to Thailand by Japan, named Syburi, 1945, Sept.: restored to Malaya; B.M.A. Malaya issue used, 1950: Malaya-Kedah inscription, 1957: stamps of Malayan Federation used along with those of Kedah, 1963, Sept.: became part of Federation of Malaysia, 1965, Nov. 15: Kedah used designs of Johore inscribed Kedah on stamps of Malaysia
Kedd: (Hung.) Tuesday
Keeling Islands: see Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Kegelmugel: bogus issue
Kehrdruck: (Ger.) see Tête-bêche. Kekantan: Malaya, Malaysia
Keine Postsendung: (Ger.) “Not for mailing” printed across area where address normally goes to signify that the postal item is a hand-back piece to be given to the collector and not valid for postal use
Keizyo Tyosen: (Kor.) Seoul, Korea
Kék: (Hung.) blue (color)
Kékesszürke: (Hung.) blue (bluish)-grey (color)
Kékeszöld: (Hung.) blue(ish)-green (color)
Kékeszöld: (Hung.) aquamarine (color)
Kékis: (Hung.) bluish (color)
Kelantan: state, Malaya; on east side of Malay Peninsula; (located in Scott Catalogue after Malaya); 1909-pre: stamps of Siam, 1909: Federated Malay States, ceded to British protection by Siam, 1911, Jan.: No.1, 1¢ gray-green, first stamps, 1942: Japanese occupation, stamps of Kelantan overprinted in Japanese, 1943, Oct. 19: ceded to Thailand by Japan, 1943, Nov. 15: Thailand issued occupation stamps, 1945, Sept.: restored to Malaya; B.M.A. Malaya issue used, 1948: Federation of Malaya established, first commemorative stamp, 1951, July 11: first definitive stamp, 1957: stamps of the Malayan Federation used along with those of Kelantan, 1965, Nov. 15: used designs of Johore, inscribed Kelatan, stamps of Malaysia
Kelet: (Hung.) East
Kellogg’s Penny Post & City Despatch: 1853; U.S. local post, Cleveland, Ohio
Kelly, J. B. & Co.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Kelvin Penney Post: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kemahkotaan: overprint on stamps of Malaya – Johore for Coronation of new Sultan, 1896
Kemp Land: Antarctic fantasy
Kempten: displaced persons camp, local post, 1948
Kendall, B.J. & Co.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Kene: Egypt, see Interpostal seals,1872-84
Keneta: cents, on stamps of Hawaii
Kennebec & Boston Express: parcel delivery firm serviced Boston, Mass. and the Kennebec area of Maine; used a label, year unknown
Kennebec Express: mail delivery firm serviced Boston, Mass. and the Kennebec area of Maine; used a label, year unknown
Kennedy & Co.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Kennedy, Dr.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Kenner: (Ger.) expert
Kenn-Nr.: (Ger.) identification number
Kensett, T. & Co.: U.S. private die canned fruit proprietary stamp
Kent Postal Service: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kenttäpostia: (Fin.) fieldpost, inscription for free mail for Finnish troops in 1941-44 as well as civilian mail addressed to the armed forces
Kentucky: 1: U.S. state June 1, 1792; part of Virginia until statehood. 2: first federal issue revenue of US, July 1, 1798-Feb. 28, 1801
Kenya: East Africa, on Indian Ocean; currency: 100 cents = 1 East African shilling. 1895: joined the UPU as a British colony as British East Africa, 1906: became a Crown Colony, 1935: Tanganyika grouped with Kenya and Uganda under the East African Postal and Telecommunications Administration, 1935-63: stamps inscribed “Kenya Uganda Tanganyika” valid in all three areas, 1961: became independent, 1963, Dec. 12: No.1, 5¢ blue, buff and dark brown, became independent as a republic, issued first stamp as Kenya, 1963: Uhuru (independence) issue first to use name of Kenya alone, 1964: merged with Zanzibar, and Zanzibar was added to the stamp inscriptions, 1964, Oct. 1: first official stamp, 1964, Oct. 27: joined the UPU, 1965: Tanzania added making it Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, 1967: first postage due stamp; 1968, Jan. 1: Zanzibar withdrew its stamps, leaving it as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania in various arrangement in the order of the names; British East Africa, East Africa, Kenya Uganda and Tanganyika Tanzania
Kenya: Mau Mau and unofficial overprints; unissued Great Britain cinderellas by David Horry, 2001
Kenya Tanganyika Uganda: hippos mating; unissued Great Britain cinderella by David Horry, 2001
Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar: October 25, 1964, inscriptionon stamps issued by the East African Common Services Organization, not used in Zanzibar
Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania: East Africa on the Indian Ocean; currency: 100 cents = 1 rupee, 100 cents = 1 shilling (1922), 20 shillings = 1 pound 1894: Uganda Protectorate declared a British protectorate, 1920, July 23: East Africa Protectorate renamed Kenya and became a colony, 1921: No.1, 1¢ black, inscription for East Africa and Uganda Protectorates, 1922, Nov. 1: first stamps inscribed Kenya and Uganda, 1928: first postage due; Kenya and Uganda, 1930: joint East African Postal Administration, 1935, May1: first stamps issued with joint inscription, 1935: Tanganyika grouped with Kenya and Uganda under the East African Postal and Telecommunications Administration, 1959: official overprint, 1961: Tanganyika became independent, 1962: Uganda became independent, 1964: Tanganyika merged with Zanzibar, and Zanzibar was added to the stamp inscriptions, 1964, Oct. 25: stamps inscribed Kenya Uganda Tanganyika Zanzibar, in various orders, 1965, April 15: first issue without Tanganyika, 1965: Tanzania added making it Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, 1968, Jan. 1: Zanzibar withdrew its stamps, leaving it as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania in various arrangement in the order of the names. 1976: independent issues for three countries were valid; Kenya
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania: see Tanganyika: trust territory;
Kenya Uganda Tanganyika: 1: see Tanganyika: trust territory. 2: the Oomagoolie legless bird; unissued Great Britain cinderella by David Horry, 2001
Kenya Tanganyika Uganda: hippos mating; unissued Great Britain cinderella by David Horry, 2001
Kenyon & Co.’s Express: parcel delivery firm serviced the New York City area; used a label, year unknown
Kenyon’s Letter Office: U.S. local post handstamp, New York, N.Y., 1846-60
Képeslap: (Hung.) picture postcard
Képes Levelezolap: (Hung.) postcard
Kerassunde: 1909-10, name of city as overprint on stamps of Russia, Offices in Turkish Empire
Keretfogazat: (Hung.) harrow perforation
Kerguelen archipelago: see French Southern and Antarctic Territories
Kerguelen Land: Antarctic, also known as Desolation Island, 1892
Kerkira: formerly Corfu, Greece
Kermadec Islands: local stamp of a New Zealand, Pacific Island, 1937
Kernow: Great Britain Cornwall local post, 1978
Kerr, Dr. Jas. C.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp
Ker’s City Post: local, bogus, Canada, in 1800s
Kestrel Aviation: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kerttu: (Fin.) local post for use on steamships carrying mail, Finland, 1890s
Kerület: (Hung.) (political) district
Keswick & Penrith Railway: British railway local post
Ketahkotaan: Johore
K.E.VII: King Edward Seventh of Great Britain, who reigned from Jan. 22, 1901 to May 6, 1910
K.E.VIII: King Edward Eighth of Great Britain, who reigned from Jan. 20, 1936 to Dec. 11, 1936
Kewkiang: China treaty port local stamp, 1894-97
Key: the design outline defining all areas of color
Key plate: the printing plate that prints the stamp’s design and used in conjunction with a duty plate
Key stone: the stone where transfers of the key are arranged as needed
Key type: issues of two or more postal administrations using the same stamp design
K.G.C.A.: (Koruska Glasoona Cona A) Carinthian Plebescite Zone A; Karen Government Commission, Zone A,1920; Carinthia
Kgl: (Ger.) Königlich; under the powers of the King
Kgl. Bayer. Staatseisenb.: Royal Bavarian State Railway stamp used to pay freight charges on parcels shipped via the railroad
K.G.L. (with cents): Danish West Indies or (with skillings) Denmark
Kgl. Baver Statseisenb: Bavaria Railway stamps
Kgl. Post Frm: (Dan.) Kongeligt Post-Frimaerke (Royal Post Free Stamp) inscription on Danish stamps, 1853-68
K.G.V.: King George Fifth of Great Britain, who reigned from May 6, 1910 to Jan. 20, 1936
K.G.VI.: King George Sixth of Great Britain, who reigned from Dec. 11, 1936 to Feb. 6, 1952
Khafji: disputed neutral zone in Arabia between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Khakasia: Jan.14, 2002: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; not valid for postage
Kharkof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1870-1902
Kharkov: Russian local provisional, overprint on Ukraine, 1920-22
Khartoum: Egypt, 1872-1882; see Interpostal seals (for overseas offices)
Khatatbe: Egypt, 1879-1884; see Interpostal seals
Khemis Mil: formerly Affreville, Algeria
Kherson: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1867-1914
Khios: occupied by Greece Nov. 11, 1912, overprinted Greek stamps issued May 1913; Chios
Khmere: Cambodia, 1971-75
Khmer Republic: Cambodia; 1971: first commemorative stamp, 1972: first semi-postal stamp, 1973: first air mail stamp, 1974: first postage due stamp
Kholm: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1906-1911
Khor Fakkan: Sharjah Dependency; now part of the United Arab Emirates; 1965-69: first commemorative stamps favor inscribed or overprinted, valid throughout Sharjah
Khoresm: local post, capital at Khiva, 1922
Khor Fakkan: Sharjah Dependency; now part of the United Arab Emirates; 1965: first commemorative stamps favor inscribed or overprinted, no postal usage
KHTAH: (Cyrillic) Russian Post Offices in China; 1899: surcharge on stamps of Russia
Khvalynsk: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1901-1914
Ki-An: (Kiangsi) central China local post, 1949
Kiang-hwai: east China local post, 1949
Kiangsu-Anhwei: border area, local post, east China, 1938
Kiangsu Province: central China, People’s Post; 1949: local post as surcharges on Chinese stamps, also used regional issues of China, local issues include air mail, special delivery and registration stamps
Kiaochow (Kiautschou): see China, German Post Offices.
Kiao-Tcheou: Kiauchau
Kiautschau (ou): (Ger.) German colony on Chinese mainland, south of Shantung Peninsula; currency: 100 pfennig = 1 mark, 100 cents = 1 dollar (1905) 1897: leased to Germany, 1900: No.1, 5 pfennigs carmine, stamps of Germany overprinted “China” for post offices in China, inscribed “Kiautschou,” 1914, Sep.2: Japanese troops captured colony; stamps of Japan used, 1920s: mourning label issued by German stamp dealer Sigmund Hartig, 1922: Japanese left; returned to China; China, German Post Offices
Kibo: secessionist province of Tanzania marketed as matchbox labels
Kibris Cumhuriyeti: (Turk.) Cyprus Rrepublic
Kibris Turk Federe Devleti: (Turk.) Cyprus, Turkish occupation
Ki-Chung: north Chinese local,1946
Kicking Mule cancellation: fancy cancel depicting a mule kicking used in Port Townsend, Wash, (1877-86), and Goleta, Ca. (1884),
Kidder & Laird: U.S. private die perfumery proprietary stamp
Kidder’s City Express Post: U.S. local post, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1847
Kidder’s Express: parcel delivery firm serviced Boston and Rockport, Mass., used a label, year unknown
Kiel: 1: German local post, 1945-48. 2: Courier local, 1895-1900. 3: Hammonia local, 1896. 4: Kieler Paketfahrt, German local 1909-13
Kielce szkol na tysiac lecie: (Pol.) fund raising label to build schools
Kiev: Ukraine local provisional issue, 1920-22
Kigoma: unauthorized overprint on stamps of Belgian Congo for German East Africa
Ki Kiang: (Kiren-Heilung Kiang) Northeast China, local, 1946
Kilenc: (Hung.) nine (number)
Kilencven: (Hung.) ninety (number)
Kilis: town in Turkey; 1921: single stamp released, one piastre, native language inscription
Killer: 1: any obliterating postmark that will render re-use of a stamp impossible. 2: a barred portion of a dual canceler
Killer bars: horizontal lines which are typically used to cancel a stamp, typically to the right of the cancel
Kilmer, Dr. & Co: Binghamton, N.Y. manufacturer of Proprietary Medicines converted 1¢, 2¢ and 3¢ postage stamps of the 1895 issue into provisional revenue stamps
Kilometro 83: Egypt, 1868-1871; see Interpostal seals
Kiloware: term used by dealers or countries to sell mixtures of stamps on paper; a kilo is approximately 2 1/3 pounds
Kina: 1. currency unit in Papua New Guinea. 2. (Dan., Hung., Nor., Swed.) China
Kinai: (Hung.) Chinese
Kina (Császáság): (Hung.) Chinese Empire (existant until January 1912)
Kina (Köztársaság): (Hung.) Republic of China
Kina, Folkerepbulik: (Dan.) Folkerepbulik Kina
Kina (Formosa): (Hung.) Republic of China (Taiwan)
Kina (Népköztársaság): (Hung.) People’s Republic of China
Kinai: (Hung.) Chinese
Kinarød: (Nor.) Chinese red (color)
Kinderpost; Kinderstempel: (Ger.) children’s stamps; see Toy stamps
Kinderzegels: children’s charity semi-postal stamps used in Holland since 1924
Kinderzeichnungen: children’s contest moon post labels printed in Germany, year unknown
Kinesisk: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Chinese (adj.)
Kinesisk Post i Manchuriet: (Dan.) Chinese Post Offices in Manchuria
Kinesisk Post i Tibet: (Dan.) Chinese Post Offices in Tibet
King Bomba: Ferdinand II, ruler of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, got the name of King Bomba because he shelled villages that he felt deserved punishment
Kingdom of Libia: Feb. 10, 1966 United Kingdom of Libya special delivery inscription
Kingdom of Two Sicilies: Italian State made up of the island of Sicily, and part of the Apennine Peninsula; 1815: union between Kingdom of Naples and Kingdom of Sicily, 1858, Jan 1: No.1, 1/2 grana pale lake, separate first stamps, issues for Naples, 1859, Jan 1: separate issue for Sicily, 1860, July 17: both issues replaced by provisional government stamps of Sardinia; annexed to Sardinia, 1861, March 17: Kingdom of Sardinia changed its name to Kingdom of Italy,stamps for Neapolitan Provinces 1862: replaced by stamps of Italy
King Edward VII Land: overprint on stamps of New Zealand for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s antarctic expedition, 1908; possibly created to prove territorial claims in the area; Shackleton appointed postmaster prior to departure, and supplied with stamps and a cancellation
King George V Medallion stamps: Canada’s set of six stamps was issued Dec. 1, 1932; they show a medallion portrait of King George V thought to have been taken from the obverse of British coins
Kingman’s City Post: about 1850s, Charleston, S. C.; see Carriers’ Stamps
King’s Arm Hotel: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
King’s Delivery: parcel delivery firm serviced Montreal, Canada, used labels; year unknown
King’s Express: parcel delivery firm serviced Montreal, Canada, used labels; year unknown
King’s Road: 13th century post road to and from Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Baltics
King’s Road SW3 Strike: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kingston, Ga. Paid 5 cents: see Confederate Postmasters’ Provisionals
Kingston Relief Fund: overprint on Barbados for semipostal, Kingston, Jamaica earthquake relief fund, 1906
Kingston Young Conserv.: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kingsway Stamps: United Kingdom postal strike; local post 1971
Kinshasa: capital city, The Congo Democratic Republic
Kinsley & Co’s Express: mail and parcel delivery firm serviced Boston, Mass, New York City and Philadelphia, Pa.; used a corner card and labels; 1857
Kinsley’s Express: private mail delivery firm serviced Boston and Fall River, Mass and Newport, R.I.; used a label, year unknown
Kionga: southeast Africa on Indian River; currency: 100 centavos = 1 escudo. 1916, May 29: No.1, 1/2 centavo blue, occupied by Portugal, overprint “Republica Kionga”on stamps of Lourenco Marques, WWI-post: incorporated into Mozambique
Kip: currency unit in Laos
Kir: (Hung.) abbreviation for királyi, royal
Királykék: (Hung.) royal blue (color)
Kirby & Sons: see Private die match proprietary stamps
Kirche: (Ger.) church
Kirchenstaat: (Ger.) Vatican State in Rome
Kiribati: islands in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia; formerly British colony of Gilbert Islands; islands in the South Pacific; consists of Gilbert, Phoenix, Ocean and Line Islands, currency: 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar 1976: Ellice Islands divided into two parts, Tuvalu and Gilberts, 1979, July 11: Gilberts became Republic of Kiribati, 1979, July 12: No.1, 10¢ multicolor, 1981, May: first official stamp, 1981, Aug. 27: first postage due stamp, 1984, Aug. 14: joined the UPU
Kirighizistan: (Fr.) Kyrgyzstan
Kirillof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1871-1910
Kirin and Heilungchange: province; part of Northeast China Liberation Area; known as Manchuria by Japan; 1927: China overprinted stamps for use in her postal agencies, Manchuria. 1946: Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs established, 1947, June 1: Harbin General Post office in charge, extended to Manchuria
Kirkestat(en): (Dan.) Roman State(s)
Kirobo: Madagascar local issue
Kirschrot: (Ger.) cerise (color)
Kirshbaum Special Delivery: delivery firm serviced Philadelphia, Pa., used a label, year unknown
Kisangani: formerly Stanleyville, Zaire
Kishangarh: India Feudatory State; 1899: No.1, 1 anna green, first local stamps, 1918: first official stamps, 1948: joined Bundi and Jaipur to form Rajasthan, official stamps overprinted “ON/K S/D,” 1949: separate stamps discontinued, 1950: uses stamps of Republic of India
Kisív: (Hung.) miniature sheet
Kiss printing: type of printing where the paper is lightly pressed on the printing plate causing it to come into contact a second time
Kiss stamp: a blank rectangle in a sheet or book of stamps filled in with a large X or St. Andrews’s Cross; see St. Andrew’s Cross
Kite messages: recorded usage in China, during a siege in AD 549
Kitty Hawk: overprint on U.S. International Civil Aeronautics stamps, privately made by A.C. Roessler
Kiung-Lai: southwest Chinese local, 1950
Kivágás: (Hung.) postage stamp(s) on piece of paper or envelope, levéldarab
Kjobenhavns by og Hus Telegraf By Post: Copenhagen – Lauritzen & Thaulow Local Post
Kjobenhavn’s Pakke Expedition: local, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1901
Kjobenhavns Telefon-Kiosker: local, Copenhagen, Denmark
K.K., K.u.K.: (Ger.) Kaiserlich und Königliches (Imperial and Royal) on stamps of Austria and possessions
K.K. (Brief Marken): Imperial Royal Letter Stamp, Austria
K.K.G.A.P.: Kaiserl. Königl. Grenz-Amts-Post (Dan.) Royal Danish Post Office
K.K.H.M.: watermark for Kaiserlich Königliches Handels-Ministerium (Imperial and Royal Ministry of Commerce), watermark in script letters on first issue of Austria
K K K: Kataas-taasan Kagalanggalang Katiopunan, inscription on Aguinaldo, Philippine stamps, a political secret society
K K Post Stemple: 1: (Imperial Royal Postage Stamp) (Kreuzer denominations) Austria. 2: (cents denominations) Austria, Lombardy Venetia. 3: labels produced at international stamp exhibitions, 1881 and 1890, with date on bottom of label
K K Post Stemple Zeitung: Austria newspaper stamps
Klaallit Nunaat (Kaladlit Nunat): Greenland
Klaipeda: inscription, Memel, Lithuanian occupation, 1923-25; formerly Memel, USSR
Klar: 1. (Nor.) deep (as referencing the color of a postage stamp), 2. (Swed.) bright (as referencing the color of a postage stamp)
Klarblå: (Swed.) bright blue (color)
Klar karmin: (Swed.) bright carmine (color)
Klargul: (Swed.) bright yellow (color)
Klargulorange: (Swed.) bright yellow-orange (color)
Klar mörk karmin: (Swed.) bright dark carmine (color)
Klart tryck : (Swed.) clear print
Klarultramarin: (Swed.) bright ultramarine (color)
Klassifizieren: (Ger.) to classify
Klebefalz: (Ger.) gummed hinge
Klebezettel, philatelistischer: (Ger.) philatelic label
Klein: (Ger.) small
Kleinbogen: (Ger.) sheet of a stamp or stamps, surrounded with a paper margin issued for a specific event or purpose, sheetlet, souvenir sheet
Kleinbogensatz: (Ger.) set of sheetlets
Kleinformat: (Ger.) small size or format
Klemmbinder: (Ger.) spring-back binder
Klipp: (Swed.) postage stamp(s) on paper clipping
Klischee: (Ger.) printing block
Klisjé: (Nor.) cliché
Klondike Airways: local, Canada, 1928
Knapp: (Ger.) cut close
Knappenålshull: (Nor.) pin-hole
Knife: 1: the cutting edge of the machine which cuts the envelope blank. 2: the size and shape of the die-cut papers from which the envelopes are folded
Knight’s Express: private mail delivery firm serviced the Boston, Mass. area; used labels, year unknown
Knihovna: (Czech.) library
Knihtisk: (Czech.) typography, letterpress printing
Knochen: (Ger.) stamps in very poor condition
Knockdown price: see Hammer price
Knott End Railway (G&KERy): British railway local post
Knoxville, Tenn Paid 5: see Confederate Postmasters’ Provisionals
K.N.S.M.: Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij. (Dutch) Royal Netherlands Steamship Company
Kobalt: (Ger.) cobalt
Koban: Japan’s first typographed stamps, 1876
Kobber: (Dan.) copper (metallic color)
Kobberrød: (Dan.) copper-red (color)
Kobberstik: (Dan.) copper plate engraving
Kobbertryk: (Dan.) copper plate
Kobelaky: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1903-1908
København: (Dan.) Copenhagen
Koblenz: 1: Eildienst des Coblenzer General-Anzeiger, German local post, 1924-25. 2: Stadt-Brief& Packet-Verkehr, German local, 1895-1900
Kobo: unit of currency in Nigeria
Koboltblå: (Dan., Nor.) cobalt blue (color),
Kocher stamps: A. Kocher et Fils, Switzerland, had impressions of the “Tell’s Son” definitives in 1909 printed on the firm’s adhesive labels; the stamps frames by advertising matter; the Swiss postal authorities withdrew the privilege
Koeniglich Ungarish: (Ger.) Royal Hungarian
K O H: Russia, South Russia, Far Eastern Republic, Finalnd, Latvia or Batum
Kokos-Inseln: (Ger.) Cocos islands
Kolchak Issues: 1918: Adm. Aleksandr Kolchak controlled Siberia from Lake Baikal to the River Volga; executed by the Bolsheviks in 1920
Kolding: Seaport in Vejle county, SE Jutland, Denmark, on the inlet of the Little Belt River ca. 120 miles WSW of Copenhagen. Local post opened in October 1887, with “Kolding Bypost” local stamps being issued at the same time. The service closed 30 April 1900
Kolding Bypost: local, Denmark railway parcel, 1887-1900
Koletni pratki: inscription for parcel stamps of Bulgaria
Kolguev Island: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Kolmy: (Czech.) vertical
Koln / Rhein: local, Cologne / Rhine, Germany, 1945-48
Kolo: city in German-occupied Russian Poland, local post overprint, 1918-20
Kologrif: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1888-1891
Kolomna: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1871-1916
Kolomyya: Western Ukraine, Russian local post, 1918, 1922: stamps of Austria overprinted “Ykp. H.P” and a surcharge, 1919: registration stamp issued with same inscription
Køloni: (Nor.) colony
Kolonie(r): (Dan.) colony(ies)
Kolonie Curacao: (Colony of Curacao) Netherlands Antilles, 1903-08
Kolonie Suriname: (Colony of Suriname) Suriname, 1903-08
Kolumbien: (Ger.) Colombia
Komb: (Ger.) combined
Komi: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Komis: bogus issue, not valid for postage
Komitetitte Qindreses: cinderella, Albania Government in Exile
Kommune: (Nor.) municipality, used on litter disposal fee stamps
Komoren: (Ger.) Comoro islands
Komori Sziget: (Hung.) the Comoro Islands
Komplett: (Ger., Swed.) complete
Kompletter satz: (Ger.) complete set
Komponisten: (Ger.) composers
Komsomolsk: bogus Russian local overprint
K.O.M.W., Groszy: 1915, Municipal Council of Warsaw, local stamps, used within 30 miles of the radius of the city of Warsaw
Kon: Batum, Far Eastern Republic, Finland, Latvia, Russia, White Russia money unit
Koncentracní Tabory: Celistvosti – Koncentracní Tabory
Koncentrationsläger: (Swed.) concentration camp
Koncentrationslägerpost: (Swed.) concentration camp mail
Koncentrationslejr: (Dan.) concentration camp
Koncentrationslejrpost: (Dan.) concentration camp mail
Koneuwe, Rep.: bogus label
Konfedererad Stater: (Swed.) Confederate States
Konfødererede Stater: (Dan.) Confederate States
Konföderierte Staaten: (Ger.) Confederate States of America
Konge: (Dan., Nor.) king
Kongeblå: (Dan., Nor.) royal blue (color)
Kongedømme: (Nor.) kingdom
Kongelict Post Frimaerke: (Royal Post Free Stamp) inscription on stamps of Denmark, 1851
Kongelig: (Dan., Nor.) royal
Kongelight: Danish West India or Denmark
Kongerige: (Dan.) kingdom
Kongerike: (Nor.) kingdom
Kongeriket Storbritannia og Nordirland: (Nor.) the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
Kongo: (Ger.) Congo
Kongó: (Hung.) the Congo
Kongresi K.K.F.S.: with red cross, date and value; overprint for postal tax, semipostal, Albania
König: (Ger.) king
Königin: (Ger.) queen
Koniglich: (Ger.) royal
Königliche Cantzley Bote: (Swed.) royal official messenger service operated in1692 in Sweden
Königliche Schwedisches & Norwegisches Post Comptiore (K.S.&N.P.C.): (Swed.) used Jan. 1, 1823 when Sweden was combined with Norway
Konigreich: (Ger.) kingdom
Konigsberg: Hansa, German local post, 1894-1900
Konin: city in German-occupied Russian Poland, local post overprint, 1918-20
Koninkrijk Der Nederlanden / Interneeringskampen: (Dut.) Kingdom of the Netherlands / Internment Camps, Dutch inscription for stamp labels for internees in Belgium, Feb. 1916
Koninkrijk Nederlanden: (Dutch) inscription on stamps of the Netherlands for use by foreign military personnel interned by the Dutch government during WW 1
Konsentrasjonsleir: (Nor.) concentration camp
Konsentrasjonsleirpost: (Nor.) concentration camp mail
Konstantinograd: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1913
Konstantinsbad (Konstantinovy): German occupation, Sudentenland local post, 1938
Konstanz: formerly Constance, Germany
Konstruktér: (Czech.) designer
Kontoret for Behandling af Ubesorgede Postsager: inscription on official seals, Denmark
Kontrollzeichen: (Ger.) control mark
Könyomat: (Hung.) typography
Kookaburra bird: 1913, 1932, bird known as the “laughing Jackass” on stamps of Australia. Kop: arms in oval, Finland
Kopec (k): currency unit in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Batum, Belarus, Finland, Russia
Köpenhamn: (Swed.) Copenhagen
Kopfstehend: (Ger.) inverted
Kopftype: (Ger.) head type
Koppar: (Swed.) copper (metallic color)
Kopparröd: (Swed.) copper-red (metallic color)
Kopper: (Nor.) copper (metallic color)
Kopperrød: (Nor.) copper-red (metallic color)
Koppartyck: (Swed.) copper plate recess printing
Korachieh: Egypt, 1880-1882; see Interpostal seals
Korca, Korce, Korces: inscription for Albania, 1914-18; formerly Koritsa
Korcheva: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1876-1911
Korcula: island off Dalmatian coast; 1944, May: charity stamps overprinted when occupied by Germany, never issued
Korea: (Ger.) peninsula between Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan, aka Corea, South Korea; official name of postal administration: Ministry of Information and Communication currency: 100 mon = 1 poon, 5 poon = 1 cheun, 1,000 re =100 cheun, 100 weun = 1 hwan (1953), 100 chun = 1 won 1962) 1877: Chinese stamps used, 1884, Nov. 18: stamps issued by the Japanese, 1897: declared an empire, 1900, Jan. 1: joined the UPU, 1905-46: Japan Administrative Control, used stamps of Japan, 1910: formerly annexed to Japan, stamps of Japan used, 1945, Aug.: divided at 38th parallel between Soviet and US administrations, Japan possession of Korea taken away, 1947: first air mail stamp, 1948: republic established in South Korea, 1953, Aug.1: first semipostal stamp
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic (North Korea): currency: 100 won = 100 hwan, chon 1875: Chinese and Japanese stamps used, 1884, Nov. 18: No.1, 5 mon rose, stamps issued by the Japanese, 1900, Jan. 1: joined the UPU, 1905-46: used stamps of Japan, 1910: formerly annexed to Japan, stamps of Japan used, 1945, Aug. 10: divided at 38th parallel between Soviet and US administrations, North Korea allocated to the USSR, Japan possessions taken away, 1946, March 12: first stamps, 1948, Sept. 9: formally named the People’s Democratic Republic, (North Korea), 1950, June 25: North Korea conquered Seoul; stamps of South Korea overprinted in name of North Korea, 1950, Sept. 15: United Nations forces pushed North Korea forces back, 1958: first air mail stamp.Korea, Indian Custodial Force; 1953: 1953: stamps of the Republic of India overprinted “Indian Custodian Unit, Korea” in the Hindu language
Korea (Dél): (Hung.) Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Korea (Észak): (Hung.) People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Korea, Indian Custodial Force: 1953: stamps of the Republic of India overprinted “Indian Custodian Unit, Korea” in teh Hindi language
Korea, Japanese Post Offices; 1900: Japan; Office in Korea stamps of Japan overprinted
Korea, North Occupation of South Korea: 1950: three stamps issued overprinted with a double circle enclosing Korean characters
Koreansk: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Korean
Korea, Republic (South Korea) 1875: Chinese and Japanese stamps used, 1884, Nov. 18: No.1, 5 mon rose, stamps issued by the Japanese, 1900, Jan. 1: joined the UPU, 1905-45: used stamps of Japan, 1910: formerly annexed to Japan, stamps of Japan used, 1945, Aug.: divided at 38th parallel between Soviet and US administrations, Japan possession of Korea taken away, 1945, Sept. 8: came under US military government rule, 1946, Feb. 1: first stamps commemorated liberation from Japanese occupation, issued under US military rule, 1947: first air mail stamp, 1948, Aug. 15: Republic of Korea established (South Korea), 1949, June 29: US forces withdrawn. 1953, Aug. 1: first semipostal,
Korekia: bogus Russian local overprint
Korespondencní Lístek: (Czech.) post card
Korfu: (Ger.) Corfu
Koriakia: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Koritsa: provisional Epirus issue, 1914-16 issues during Greek occupation
Koromfekete: (Hung.) jet-black (color)
Korona: (Crown) currency unit in Hungary
Korosco: Egypt, 1872-1882; see Interpostal seals
Korral: (Dan., Nor.) coral (color)
Korralrosa: (Dan., Nor.) coral-pink (color)
Korrektur: (Dan., Nor.) proof
Korsband: (Swed.) wrapper
Korsbånd: (Dan.) wrapper
Kort: (Dan., Nor.) short
Kortbrev: (Swed.) letter card (postal stationery)
Kort takk: (Dan., Nor.) short perforation
Kort tand, korta tänder: (Swed.) short perforation, short perforations
Koruna: currency unit in Czechoslovakia, Slovakia
Korytsa: (Republic): Korce, Albania seceding state under French protection, 1914: provisional government of Epirus overprinted for use in Korytza, 1917-18: stamps issued “Korce.”
Kos: (Ger.) one of the Dodecanese island group; seeÆgean Islands
Kosoves, Republica e, Kosovo: Jugoslavia
Kosovo: 1: March 14, 2001; stamps issued by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), for internal use only. 2: (Republic) Yugoslav local overprint “Kosoves”, Yugoslavia
Kostüm: (Ger.) costume (thematic)
Kota Kinabalu: fomerly Jesselton, Malaysia
Kotelnich: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1869-1916
Kotor: (German occupation) “Boka Kotorska” Yugoslavia, 1944; formerly Cattaro
Kouang-Tcheou (Kwangchowan): French Offices in China 1898, April: Chinese territory leased to France; France had stamps of Indo-China overprinted “Kouang Tcheou-Wan” and surcharged in Chinese characters, 1906: overprints on stamps of Indo-China, 1939: first semipostal stamps; also known as Kwangchowan, WW II: occupied by Japan, 1946: area reverted to China
Koweit: (Fr.) 1: Kuwait. 2: trial setting of “Koweit,” Kuwait overprint on stamps of India
Köztársaság: (Hung.) “Republic” overprint on stamps of Hungary, Nov. 16, 1918; first issue of the republic made from the Hungarian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Kozelets: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1867-1874
Közép-Afrikal Köztársaság: (Hung.) Central African Republic
Köztársaság: (Hung.) republic
K.P.: Kagamitang Pampamahalaan, (official business), Japanese inscription on stamps of Philippines for Japanese occupation
K P C: Korean Specialized Postage Stamp Catalog
Kpk: (Finn.) Fieldpost Office Number
Kpl., Komplett: (Ger.) complete
Kr.: auction catalog abbreviation for Krona; Iceland unit of currency
K R: Kronen (crown) currency unit in Austria, Baden, Bavaria, Germany, Hungary and Wurttemberg
Kr., Kreuzer: currency of Austria, Baden, Bavaria, German States, Hungary, Wurttemberg
Kr 1.98, Kr 2.12: overprint on stamps of Sweden for parcel post
Kragerø: Seaport town in Telemark county, S Norway, ca. 40 miles W of Arendal. Local post established by C. Solberg and F. Juell, with set-of-4 “Kragerö Bypost” lithographed on tinted papers local stamps issued 1 May 1886. Imperforate proofs in many colors exist. The post ceased operations effective 8 October 1886
Krageroe: Norway local post
Krajczar: unit of currency in Hungary
Krajina: (Republic) Croatia, under control of Serbs, 1992-95
Krajovy: (Czech.) regional
Krakow: formerly Cracow, Poland
Král: (Czech.) king
Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata I Slovenaca: Yugoslavia, Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia
Královna: (Czech.) queen
Královsky: (Czech.) royal
Království: (Czech.) kingdom
Kran: currency unit of Persia (Iran)
Krans: currency unit in Afghanistan
Krapivna: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1870-1871
Krasnodar: formerly Ekaterinodar, USSR
Krasnoufimsk: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1893-1916
Krasny: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1890-1912
Krátké zuby: (Czech.) short perforations
Krefeld: German local posts 1: Courier des Verkehrsvereins; 1906. 2: Crefelder Express-Brief-Beforderung, 1892-1900. 3: Express-Brief- Beforderung, 1886. 4: Express-Compagnie,1886-87. 5: Express-Pacxket-Verkehr, 1886. 6: Hansa Einziehungsamt und Verkehrsannnstalt G.M.b.H., c1909
Kreidepapier: (Ger.) chalk paper
Kreigsmarke: (Ger.) war stamp, stamp issued during war conditions
Kreis: 1: Russia Wenden (Livonia) money unit. 2: (Ger.) circle
Kreisstempel: (Ger.) circular postmark
Kremenchug: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1875-1915
Kresba: (Czech.) drawing, design
Kreta: (Dan., Ger., Nor., Swed.) Crete
Kreuzer: currency unit in Austria, Baden, Bavaria, Germany, Hungary, North German Confederation, Prussia, Thurn and Taxis, Wurtemberg
Kridblå: (Dan.) chalky-blue (color)
Kriechtier: (Ger.) reptiles (thematic)
Kriegsbilder: (Ger.) label for package of war pictures
Kriegsdruck: (Ger.) wartime printing
Kriegsgefangenenpost: (Ger.) prisoner of war mail
Kriegsmarke: (Ger.) war stamp
Kriegssteuermarke: (Ger.) war tax stamp
Krigsfange: (Dan., Nor.) prisoner of war (P.O.W.), Fangelejr
Krigsfånge: (Swed.) prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.)
Krigsfångebrevkort: (Swed.) prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.) postcards
Krigsfangepost: (Dan., Nor.) prisoner of war (P.O.W.) mail, Fangelejrpost (Dan.)
Krigsfångepost: (Swed.) prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.) mail
Krigsfångelägerpost: (Swed.) prisoner-of-war (P.O.W.) camp mail
Krigsmærke: (Dan.) war stamp
Krigsmärke: (Swed.) war stamp
Krigsmerke: (Nor.) war stamp
Krigspost: (Nor.) war period mails
Krigsskattemærke: (Dan.) war tax stamp
Krim: local overprint on USSR cinderella for Crimea
Kristiania: also known as Oslo, Norway. Christiania
Kristiansund: Christiansund
Kristianssunds Bypost: Norway local post
Kritigblå: (Swed.) chalky blue (color)
Krittblå: (Nor.) chalky-blue (color)
Krk: formerly Veglia, island occupied by Fiume; 1920, Nov.: stamps issued for Veglia, now Krk, 1920, Dec. 24: stamps withdrawn
K.R.N.: Krajowa Rada Narodowa (Polish) National Federal Council
Kroatien: (Dan., Ger., Nor., Swed.) Croatia
Kroatiensk: (Dan.) Croatia
Kroatisk: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Croatian
Kromgult: (Swed.) chrome yellow (color)
Krona: currency unit in Iceland, Sweden
Krone(n): 1. currency unit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Bosnia, Denmark, Flume, Norway, Western Ukraine. 2, (Nor.) crown
Krone: (Ger.) crown; a (stamp) with a figure of a crown or crowned head
Kronprins: (Nor.) crown prince
Kronprinz Rudolf, S.S.: steamship marking of the Danube Steam Navigation Company built around 1870s, for middle or upper Danube lines
Kronstadt, S.S.: steamship marking of the Danube Steam Navigation Company built around 1850s, for lower Danube lines
Kronur: currency unit in Iceland
Kroon(i): currency unit in Estonia
Kruna: currency unit in Montenegro
Krung Thep: also known as Bangkok, Thailand
KS: 1: USPS abbreviation for Kansas. 2: (Ger.) harrow (perforation)
K S A: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
K.S. & N.P.C: see Königliche Schwedisches & Norwegisches Post Comptiore
K S C: Kennedy Space Center
KSS: Korea Stamp Society, Inc
K.T.: Kansas Territory
Ktmmenen Penniä: (Fin.) inscription on color-trial stamps to be used on steamship mail, Finland, 1880s
Ku, Kupfer: (Ger.) copper overprint of surcharge
Kuang-Chou: also known as Canton, China
Kuba: (Ger., Swed.) Cuba
Kuban: Ekaterinodar Issues; 1917, Oct.: Republic proclaimed, 1918: Russia “arms” types surcharged at Ekaterinodar, inscription “United Russia,” 1920, March 27: overprinted stamps discontinued
Kuban Territory Government: 1918-19, used surcharged Russian stamps at Ekaterinodar; South Russia, and Postal Savings Stamps; Russia, South.
Kubisk: (Swed.) Cuban
Kugel Census: attempt to convey the relative scarcity of a cover based on the scarcity of the registered label affixed
K.u.K.: (Ger.) Kaiserlich und Koeniglich (Imperial and Royal)
K.U.K. Feldpost: 1: stamps with this inscription or overprint were used by Austrian forces in 1915, and in the occupation of parts of Italy, Montenegro, Rumania and Serbia. 2: issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina had this inscription from 1912-1918; Austrian Levant. 3: (with Bani or Lei) Romania, Austrian Occupation
K.u.K.I.R.: (Ger.) long series of labels depicting battles for the Royal & Imperial Infantry regiment
K.U.K. Militär Post: 1: “Royal and Imperial Military Post” inscription; Austrian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 1879. 2: inscription on stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1912-18; Austrian Levant
K.U.K. Milit.Verwaltung: overprint on stamps of Austria for occupation of Montenegro
Küldemény: (Hung.) cover, a stamp on a cover, levélen
Külföldi: (Hung.) foreign
Kulpa, S.S.: steamship marking of the Danube Steam Navigation Company built around 1850s, for middle Danube lines
Kume Shima: U.S. occupation, Ryukyu Islands provisional stamps, 1945
Kuna: currency unit in Croatia
Kunashir Island: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; Jan. 14, 2002; not valid for postage
Kundendienst service: (Ger.) found in postmark, client service, a department of Swiss Post. K. und K. Feldpost: Austria fieldpost
K. und K. Militarpost: Bosnia and Herzegovina fieldpost
Kungariket Danmark: (Swed.) Kingdom of Denmark
Kungligblå: (Swed.) royal blue (color)
Kungl-Telegraf Verket: (Swed.) Swedish telegraph seal
Kungörelse: (Swed.) announcement
Kung-Tsing: southwest China local post, 1949
Kungur: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1890-1896
Kunming: 1903-19: stamps issued for a French post office; see Yunnanfu. Kunst: (Ger.) art
Kunstland, East & West: Donald Evans issue
Kupa: 1941-42: “Zone/Occupata/Fiumano/Kupa” overprint on stamps of Jugoslavia, Italian Occupation; Fiume
Kupel (H.L.) Co.: parcel delivery firm serviced an unknown area; used a stamp, year unknown
Kupón: (Czech.) tab, coupon
Kupón Dolní: (Czech.) tab down
Kupón Horní: (Czech.) tab up
Kupón Levy: (Czech.) tab left
Kupón Pravy: (Czech.) tab right
Kuraszo:(Hung.) Curaçao
Kurdistan: Iraqi seceding state, at least three different issues produced at varying times; 1923
Kurhaus auf der Hohen Rinne: Hungarian / Romanian hotel local post, 1895-1926
Kurier: (Ger.) courier
Kuril Islands: four islands northeast of the Japanese island of Hokkaido; known as Southern Kurils to Russia, Northern Territories to Japan, 2002, Jan. 14: illegal labels, purporting to be stamps, Russian Federation report to the UPU; not valid for postage
Kurir Post: (Swed.) courier mail service for Swedish troops from Petrograd to Stockholm,1918
Kurka & Osicous Islands: British Colonial Royal Wedding frames from book, “Surreal Stamps and Unreal Stickers.”
Kurland: 1916: stamps of Germany overprinted for occupation of Kurland, 1919: stamps issued at Mitau by West Russian Army; Z.A. are the initials of “Zapadnaya Armiya,” Western Army, 1940: part of Latvia, became part of the USSR, 1945, April: “Postgebiet / Ob. Ost” overprint on stamps of Germany during occupation; renamed Latvia; also known as Courland or Kurzeme, 1945, May 8: stamps of the USSR replaced those of Germany
Kurort Stoos: Switzerland hotel post
Kursivskrift: (Nor.) italics
Kurszeit: (Ger.) period during which stamp is current
Kurtz Union Despatch Post: U.S. local post, New York, N. Y., 1851-53
Kuruman: overprint on stamps of Cape of Good Hope, bogus, Nov., 1899
Kurus: Turkey
Kurush: unit of currency used in Turkey
Kurzer zahn: (Ger.) one short perforation
Kurzsatz: (Ger.) short set with high values missing
Kustendje: city that connected Constantinople to the Danube; French post office opened Nov. 1857, closed Aug. 1876
Kustendje & Czernawoda: Danube & Black Sea Ry Co. / Kustendje Harbour Co.; Romania local stamp; 1867
Kuvert: (Ger.) cover, an envelope or a postally used envelope or one with a postal cancellation
Kuwait: northwestern coast of the Persian Gulf, official name of postal administration: Administration des postes currency: 16 annas = 1 rupee, 100 naye paise = 1 rupee (1957), 1,000 fils = 1 dinar (1961) 1775-95: East India Postal Service used, camel express service, 1897: under British protection, 1914; stamps of India used overprinted Kuwait, 1915-Nov. 1947: postal service run by India, 1923, April 1: No.1, 1/2 anna green, stamps of India overprinted “Kuwait Service” as first official stamp, 1933: first air mail stamp, stamps of India overprinted “Kuwait,” 1941, May-1945: used stamps of India without overprint, 1947-48, April: postal service run by Pakistan, 1948, April 1: British postal agency opened, British stamps overprinted “KUWAIT,” 1958: local issues, 1959, Jan. 31: British postal agency closed, 1959, Feb. 1: Kuwait took over postal service, 1960, Feb. 16: joined the UPU, 1961, June 19: gained independence, 1963, Oct. 19: first postage due stamp
Kuwait: 1: overprint on stamps of Great Britain, 1948-58. 2: overprint on stamps of India, 1923-45. 3: also known as Al Kuwait
Kuwait Service: overprint on stamps of India for Kuwait officials
Kuzey Kibris Turk Cumhuriyeti: (Turk.) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Kuznetsk: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1880-1904
Kvarter: (Nor., Swed.) one quarter
Kvartpenny: (Nor.) farthing
Kw: auction catalog abbreviation for Kwacha (Zambia) currency unit
Kwacha: currency unit in Malawi, Zambia
Kwang Chow: 1898, April: territory leased to France by China, 1906, Oct. first stamps issued, 1943, Feb.: returned to China by France, 1943: occupied by Japanese, 1948, Aug. 18: returned to China
Kwangchowan: see Kouang-Tcheu
Kwang-Han: southwest China local post, 1949
Kwang-shui: central Chinese local post, 1949
Kwangtung: South China Post, 1949-50 1942, June 14-Sept. 9, 1945: special stamps issued, first postage due stamp, 1949-50: South China Post
Kwang-Yuan: southwest Chinese local post, 1949
Kwantung: 1: Japanese occupation, 1942-45 China 1N. 2: Kwantung Post, Port Arthur & darien, 1947-49. China 2L29-2L55
Kwanza: currency unit in Angola
Kwei-Chow People’s Post: southwest china, 1949-50, China 8L12-16
Kwidzyn: formerly Marienwerder, Poland
Kwo-yang: east Chinese local post, 1946
K. Wurtt: Wurttemberg official inscription
K. Wurtt. Post: (Konigliche Wurtembergische Post) Royal Wurttemberg post, German States-Wurttemberg, 1875-1900
KY: 1: USPS abbreviation for Kentucky. 2: auction abbreviation for topical Kennedy
Kyat: currency unit in Myanmar (Burma)
Kyiv: Ukraine, local provisional, 1992
Kyle, W.S.: see Private die match proprietary stamps
Kypros: (Greek) Cyprus
Kyrenaika: (Ger.) Cirenaica
Kyrgyzstan: Russia, on border of China; formerly part of USSR, now independent; currency: 100 kopecks = 1 ruble, 100 tyyn = 1 som several bogus issues, reported to the UPU in many letters; 1991, Dec.26: joined with other former Soviet states to form the Commonwealth of Independent States when the Soviet Union broke up, 1992, Feb. 4: No.1, 15 kopecks multicolor, first stamp, 1993, Jan. 26: joined the UPU, 1995, June 16: first semipostal
Kyst: (Dan., Nor.) (sea) coast.

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