Time to stick out our tongues and get ready for some licking fun as we delve into yet another set of wonderful Disney-themed collector stamps. However, these ones may taste bad, as they were produced in 1983!
Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east and west.
Stone tools, weapons, elephants, and remnants of large stone structures found in Bhutan provide evidence that Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 BC, although there are no existing records from that time. Except for this image of Mickey Mouse drawing on a cave wall!
The printing press was invented in 1439, but not much of note was happening in Bhutan at that time, so what Goofy found to print about is up for speculation.
1865 saw the widespread use of the electric telegraph machine in the United States primarily for railway communication. During the 1870s, power struggles between the rival valleys of Paro and Tongsa led to civil war in Bhutan. Could these enemies have used the telegraph to send messages and rally troops for conflict?
Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the invention of the modern telephone in 1874. But the version we see on this stamp is more from the 1930s or 1940s. These years were relatively stable for Bhutan so likely they were using the telephone to gossip and swap recipes like the rest of us!
1948 saw the proliferation of the 33 rpm format for vinyl records, but it wasn’t really until the 1950s and 1960s that the LP record ruled the music world. Both the governmental structure and the official language of Bhutan were modified during these years. So I guess everyone had to learn to sing in a different language!
Radio was invented in the late 19th Century but is still a popular way of dispensing music and entertainment today. And what is Bhutan up to today? Bhutan has shown it wants to secure a future for our planet by enforcing a plastic ban rule from 1 April 2019. Plastic bags have been replaced by alternative bags made of jute and other biodegradable material from that time forward.
Bhutan is also well known for mountain adventure trekking and hiking. So if you want to visit this interesting country, take your outdoor stuff!
Although I can’t find much information about the World Communications Year sponsored by the United Nations, it appears that many countries, perhaps every country who were members in 1983, released commemorative stamp collections. Bhutan became of member of the United Nations in 1971.
To find out all of the pertinent information about Bhutan as a tourist destination, check out the Tourism Council of Bhutan website.