The Stamp Collections of John Lennon and Freddie Mercury to Be Exhibited

by Newsdesk

Courtesy of The Postal Museum and Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, The UK’s Largest Stamp Exhibition, Stampex (September 14 to 17) is bringing boy hood collections by John Lennon and Freddie Mercury together for the first time.

John Lennon’s childhood stamp collection portrays the music legend in a different light to the public persona we saw. He would take stamps off letters sent from New Zealand and America – dreaming of distant shores and adventure. The collection had been a gift from his older cousin Stanley Parkes who had started the collection and passed to Lennon when he was 10. It is clear to see in the book that Lennon erased the name of his cousin out and cheekily added mustaches to cover pictures of Queen Victoria and King George VI.

Alongside John Lennon’s collection sits Freddie Mercury’s, displayed in the Court of Honor on the year that would have marked his 70th Birthday. The collection was bought in 1993 by The National Postal Museum, predecessor of The Postal Museum, with all proceeds generously donated to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity set up to remember Freddie.

Freddie collected stamps between the ages of 9 and 12, his collection focusing on stamps from Zanzibar (where he was born) and the British Empire. It is the unique way that he displayed the stamps (see page above right) which is in itself interesting, Freddie had ordered the stamps by color, size or type.

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