kids! In an Australian first, the minisheet stamps incorporate thermoprinting technology. Simply apply friction (e.g. rub quickly with your thumb) to a special area on each stamp on the minisheet to reveal information on the degree of magnification of each small creature.
#7. Bhutan Resumes World's First Philatelic CD-ROM Series
In 2009, Bhutan Postal Corporation released its second issue in a series of world's first CD-ROM postage stamps with web portal.
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. When inserted into a computer, the CD-ROM plays an 8-minute video about Bhutan.
#8. Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy on Vatican stamps
In October 2009, the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State produced a CD with a selection of musical works by Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
Enclosed in the CD package is also the series of stamps dedicated to the three great artists.
#9. Slovak Post: Scented Stamp For Easter
In February 2009, Slovakia issued a stamp with the scent of the narcissus.
The scent was added during the color printing process.
The stamp just needs warmth or friction to release the fragrance.
#10. Lighthouses of New Zealand on stamps
In January 2009, New Zealand Post issued a series of five stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of New Zealand's first lighthouse.
Each stamp features a technological 'landmark' of its own – lighthouse beams that actually glow in the dark!
To activate the glow-in-the-dark ink, hold the stamps for a short time under a light, or in the sun - the effect can then be seen in the dark.
StampNews.com Special Nomination Award this time goes to China Post
China Post: World's First Multimedia Stamps
In September 2009, China issued the world's first multimedia stamps.
Touching the stamps with a special pen-shaped device, called the aigo pen, allows a chip in the pen to recite some of the greatest poems from the Tang Dynasty, including work by Li Bai, Du Fu and Bai Juyi.
The pen is a unique gadget that combines an infrared recognition system, mass data storage and an MP3 player.
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