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World’s First CD-ROM Postage Stamp from Bhutan Now Available in Hong Kong

October 23rd, 2009

Bhutan’s series of world’s first CD-ROM postage stamps now are available in Hong Kong, where they were produced. The extraordinary computer-age postage stamps chronicle the remarkable recent accomplishments of Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom-turned-democracy.

The new CD-ROM postage stamps with web portal were offset printed by Toppan Forms (HK) LTD 凸版資訊(香港)有限公司 of Hong Kong (, and the CDs were replicated by Smartlink Group Hong Kong Limited榮星集團(香港)有限公司 ( Toppan is one of the world’s top security printers, and is listed on the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.” Smartlink is a worldwide leader in the secure replication of digital material.

The CD postage stamps are available for purchase in Hong Kong through First Creative Products Intl., LTD, in Hong Kong by contacting Cathy Wong at The stamps also are available for purchase at

The CD, “Bhutan: Voting for Happiness” illustrates the country’s peaceful transition from a heredity monarchy to a constitutional democracy. A second CD, “Bhutan: Coronation 2008” documents the coronation of Bhutan’s new king, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The colorful stamps illustrate for all time Bhutan’s recent history that made news around the world.

These new CD-ROM stamps follow in the footsteps of the two CD-ROM stamps released by Bhutan in 2008, and are the latest in a series of philatelic “firsts” by Bhutan since the 1960s. The stamps are mini-CDs that fit into exquisitely decorated, self-adhesive envelopes. When affixed to a larger envelope, the CD-ROM stamp can be used as postage in Bhutan. When inserted into a computer, the CD-ROM plays an 8-minute video about Bhutan, and also offers a web portal (hyperlink) to, with news about Bhutan in real time.

The stamps were developed by Bhutan Postal Corp., LTD. in partnership with Creative Products International, a product design, custom outsourced manufacturing and importing company known for its innovative manufactured goods.

Creative Products was founded by Frances Todd Stewart, whose father, the late Burt Kerr Todd, is believed to have been the first American to visit Bhutan, back in 1951. He also developed more than 60 distinctive and unusual postage stamps for Bhutan, including the first phonograph record postage stamp.

More information is available at and