Sunday, September 27, 2009
Philately is replete with absurdity and interesting trivia.
Over the years, Bhutan, a kingdom in the Himalayas, has issued many "novelty" postage stamps, which have sold mainly to collectors and contributed to the country's economic development. In 1973, Bhutan issued a group of stamps that were actually small phonograph records which played the National Anthem and local folk songs.
In 2008, to celebrate the centennial of its hereditary monarchy and the crowning of its 5th king, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutan issued the world's first CD-ROM postage stamp. The stamp commemorates on video the anniversary, crowning, and signing of the new constitution, and visually documents Bhutan's evolution as an emerging democracy.
For those who collect stamps on cover, attempting to insert a whole envelope bearing the CD-ROM stamp into your hard drive is probably not such a great idea.