Bhutan, Talking Stamps and Elvis Presley in Burkina Faso


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Why would the sleepy Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan decide to suddenly issue talking stamps? Or the tiny West African nation of Burkina Faso issue stamps featuring the American singer and musician Elvis Presley? In fact, these were not frivolous pursuits by deluded monarchs or a tin pot dictator but were well thought out strategies. This week, in the fourth episode of Currencies and Stamps, we delve into the unique phenomena of how countries issue stamps with people who have no connection to them. Tune in, to discover how the simple act of issuing stamps could hold the key to the fortunes of smaller and often forgotten countries.

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