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Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan country, remained hidden from the world until it elected to make its world debut in the 1960s with the release of innovative postage stamps created by a pioneering, unconventional American entrepreneur, Burt Kerr Todd.
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Burt & Susie Todd on honeymoon
in Bhutan 1954
In 1954, Burt and Susie Todd went on their honeymoon to Bhutan, where they stayed for 3 months and cemented a lifelong friendship with the Bhutanese as well as a love for this extraordinary country. This close relationship was the inspiration behind Todd’s work to help Bhutan open its doors to the world through the release of Bhutan's first international postage stamp program.
 
Following his entrepreneurial spirit, Todd crisscrossed the globe to find new materials and printing facilities suitable for stamps never conceived of before. He worked hand in hand with Bhutan where post offices needed to be built and a postal system put in place to be ready for its first international release of stamps. Bhutan had an airmail stamp before it even had an airport!
 
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In the 1960s and 1970s, Bhutan set about making a series of “firsts” with each issue of Bhutanese stamps developed by Todd – the first three-dimensional lenticular stamps, relief and sculptural stamps, as well as silk, steel, scented, and even a talking stamp on a miniature record that played the history of the country when spun on a record player. Bhutan stamps for years created an important source of revenue for the country, which aided in the development of Bhutan’s first electrical power, hospitals and road systems. Bhutan stamps continue today to feature the country’s rich traditions and culture.
 
 
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The legacy of Bhutan's unmatched innovation in stamps and the Todd connection has been renewed through Burt Todd's daughter and her family. Following her father's death, Frances Todd Stewart took his last idea - to create the world's first CD-ROM postage stamp - and has formally partnered with Bhutan to produce these unique issues for their 2008/2009 release.
 
In leading Bhutan wisely for the past 100 years, the royal Wangchuck family has consistently and proactively maintained the preservation of Bhutan’s traditions and culture as a priority. Recently, the 4th King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, showed his faith in the people by announcing that it would be in the best interest of the country if it transitioned to a parliamentary democracy. In 2007, he then handed over his leadership responsibilities to his royal heir, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, whose energetic and mature outlook will guide Bhutan during this challenging era.
 
Through the medium of the CD-ROM, the stamp series will visually commemorate on video and thus preserve in perpetuity, some of Bhutan's most historic events: the 100th anniversary of the monarchy, the coronation of the 5th king, and Bhutan’s evolution to an emerging democracy and its signing of the new Constitution.
 
On many levels this story is one of living legacies, and these stamps offer a small yet precious window into the mystical kingdom of Bhutan. An auspicious light will be shining on Bhutan in 2008 for all to see and hear as Bhutan transported its big messages on tiny CD-ROM stamps.


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