Talking stamps: Tiny vinyl record postage stamps that were playable, 1972

Known as the “first talking stamps” in 1972, these tiny vinyl postage stamps from Bhutan were totally playable and when the needle was put on the record stamp you heard Bhutan’s national anthem and a capsule history of the nation. Talking stamps were thin plastic embossed records with removable back to expose the adhesive.
A pretty interesting concept, right? I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but from what I’m seeing on eBay, they’re highly collectable (an entire set is around $495.00) and even still legal for mailing use. 

WFMU has a few samples of what these tiny vinyl stamps sound like. You can listen to them here


via WFMU and Bhutan Today via Dangerous Minds

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