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While bare-footed couriers still deliver the mail in many remote regions of this Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan's postage stamps remain world-renowned in the philatelic community. Colorful, creative and collectible, Bhutan's stamp launch in the 1960s of the world's most innovative stamps not only caused a sensation each time they were released, but more importantly were valued by Bhutan as its chief revenue producer for many years.
 
Prior to the 1960s, Bhutan had remained closed to the outside world. Then in 1962, Bhutan released its first international postal stamps and began its postal program. This came about through the partnership and innovation with an old friend to Bhutan, an energetic and pioneering entrepreneur, Burt Todd, who was also the first American to enter Bhutan. Postage stamps became the vehicle through which Bhutan could begin to open its doors and be internationally recognized as a sovereign nation amidst two huge superpowers - China to the north and India to the south.
 
Bhutan's landlocked borders were well established since at least the 7th century, from which time Bhutan has existed as an independent entity. Located on the eastern slopes of the Himalayan mountain range, Bhutan is situated between Tibet and India. It enjoys a variety of climates from Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world (7570 m./24,835 ft.) to the tropical foothills with an average rainfall of 100 inches per year.
 
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While bare-footed couriers still deliver the mail in many remote regions of this Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan's postage stamps remain world-renowned in the philatelic community. Colorful, creative and collectible, Bhutan's stamp launch in the 1960s of the world's most innovative stamps not only caused a sensation each time they were released, but more importantly were valued by Bhutan as its chief revenue producer for many years.
 
Prior to the 1960s, Bhutan had remained closed to the outside world. Then in 1962, Bhutan released its first international postal stamps and began its postal program. This came about through the partnership and innovation with an old friend to Bhutan, an energetic and pioneering entrepreneur, Burt Todd, who was also the first American to enter Bhutan. Postage stamps became the vehicle through which Bhutan could begin to open its doors and be internationally recognized as a sovereign nation amidst two huge superpowers - China to the north and India to the south.
 
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Today, Bhutan's stamps continue to feature the country's rich traditions and culture, which have been uniquely preserved over time through the foresight and wisdom of their kings. Bhutan's unmatched innovation in stamps will again lead the way with Bhutan's release of the world's first CD-ROM postage stamp with video footage. The legacy has continued following her father's passing, as Burt Todd's daughter, Frances Todd Stewart, partners with Bhutan to launch this new stamp series. Postage stamps are a window on what is important to a country. It is only appropriate that the country that once told its stamp story on a postal record will now be telling its 21st century story via computer, thereby issuing a stamp that both carries a message and embodies a message.
 
In 2008 Bhutan celebrated a very important year: the 100th year anniversary of the monarchy, the coronation of the 5th king and the signing of the new constitution as Bhutan elected to move toward a democracy. Bhutan has chosen to bring this message to the world by premiering the first CD-ROM stamps, which contain short documentaries of these historic events.
 

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