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.
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
Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi-hunter
and, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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:
We philatelists aren’t so nerdy as you thought we were, eh?