Asia Society Presents Collection Of Photographs & Rare Vintage Postage Stamps From The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Through November 30, 2008

Burt Kerr Todd first visited Bhutan in the 1950s and immediately fell in love with the people and environment of the then-isolated Himalayan kingdom. In 1962, Bhutan's third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, approached Todd to help introduce Bhutan to the world. An inventor and entrepreneur, Todd developed 69 postage stamp issues for Bhutan, a selection of which are on view at Asia Society. These innovative postage stamps are tiny works of art that carried images of the once-hidden Bhutan throughout the world.

The stamps and photographs on display document how Bhutan has preserved its traditions, culture, architecture and environment across generations. "To see Bhutan is indeed to witness the living history of a century-old monarchy," says Frances Todd Stewart.

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Elaine Merguerian, 212-327-9271
Frances Todd Stewart, Creative Products Intl., 412-521-2237