Famous Stamp Collectors – a departure from the usual

Over the weekend, a friend sent me this image of Yul Brynner working on his stamp collection and I was like, “What?  You mean the guy that played Pharoah in Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments”  Yeah, that one.  Cool!

Here is Yul, off-stage, off-set, enjoying a relaxing moment with his collection of solely United Nations stamps, said to be collected in a total of 35 volumes and containing some of the rarest issues available.

Yul Brynner Stamp Collector

So, I thought it would be fun to “expose” a few other very cool famous people who were stamp collectors as well:

Jascha Heifetz, concert violinist

Jascha Heifetz Stamp Collector

Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi-hunter

Simon Wiesenthal Stamp Collector

and, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR Stamp Collector

But here’s the one that really took me by surprise – John Lennon of Beatles fame.  Yup.  As a boy, he collected stamps and his stamp albums were exhibited in 2006 at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.  Here’s John shown on a rare sheetlet issued by Palau Post, the postal authority of the Republic of Palau:

john lennon - Palau

We philatelists aren’t so nerdy as you thought we were, eh?


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