Don’t Stamp Me Now… Freddie Mercury’s childhood stamp collection is going on display for the first time – at London’s Postal Museum.
Between today and 30 October, you can catch a glimpse of the 54-page stamp album that tells the story of the singer’s varied youth through a rather niche medium.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Freddie Mercury spent his early life in Zanzibar where his father Bomi worked for the British Colonial Office. His father’s passion for stamp collecting was passed on to his son who is believed to have collected from the ages of nine to twelve.
After the family moved to the UK in the 1960s Freddie studied graphic design at the Ealing College of Art, and the colourful pages and curation of the album demonstrates his early artistic flair.
This collection is on display as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the UK Pride movement.
The album was purchased at an auction in 1993 with the proceeds going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust – an AIDS charity set up to honour the late singer. Since then, it’s been displayed at stamp shows in the UK, Prague, and Australia as well as touring exhibitions.
As well as seeing the album in the museum, visitors will be able explore the entire album page-by page on The Postal Museum’s website.
Curator Georgina Tomlinson said: “The Postal Museum is delighted to be able to show this rare item from Freddie Mercury’s childhood which we are exhibiting to celebrate 50 years of Pride in the UK.
“The album, is a surprising insight into the early life of a man who is remembered across the world for his incredible musical prowess and theatrical stage presence.”