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Listen To These Tiny Vinyl Records That Were Used As Postage Stamps In ’70s Bhutan


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Now that’s one way to send sounds.

We’ve heard of small vinyl before—ones that play the world’s smallest recorded comedy punchline or nasty DIY drones on budget lathe. But nothing comes close to the beautiful sounds and practical utility of these wondrous Bhutanese “talking stamps” from the 1970s.

Designed by Burt Kerr Todd, these records were officially recognised postage stamps that played everything from the Royal Bhutan Anthem, traditional Bhutanese folk-songs and even a short history of the nation. They are so small that some turntables’ tone-arms won’t reach the lathe. Despite that, they have become cult collectors’ items—and, as you can see in the video above giving a survey of a number of the records, for good reason.

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