Freddie Mercury’s Childhood Stamp Album to be displayed at London’s Postal Museum for first time

Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 30 October

The Postal Museum in London is to display one of Freddie Mercury’s childhood possessions – his stamp album – for the first time.

The album will be on display in the museum from 13 July until 30 October this year and is part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Pride movement.

The 54-page album consists predominately of stamps from the British Commonwealth and reveals not only Freddie’s early life in Zanzibar, but also his artistic talent.

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara (1946-1991), spent his early life in Zanzibar where his father Bomi worked for the British Colonial Office. Bomi’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. His artistic talent can be seen in the creation of the pages. The designs often use the stamps’ shape and colour to produce symmetry on the page.

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.”

The album was purchased at auction in 1993 with the proceeds going to the AIDS charity, Mercury Phoenix Trust. Since then, the album has 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.

The Postal Museum will also be displaying a new set of eight, vibrantly illustrated stamps, being issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride rally that took place on 1 July 1972.

Issued exactly 50 years to the day, the stamps celebrate the march that took place from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park, which was the first to bear the name ‘Gay Pride Rally’. The march was inspired by events in the USA, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.

The stamps, specially commissioned by Royal Mail, were art directed by NB Studio and illustrated by award-winning artist Sofie Birkin.

Jersey Post & Go stamps show support for Ukraine

Jersey Post continues to show its support for the people of Ukraine with a special overprint available on Jersey Post & Go stamps from 18 July 2022.

Crest of Jersey stamps vended from both Jersey Post’s JE02 and JE03 Post & Go kiosks will feature the overprint: We stand with Ukraine, to show continued solidarity with the people of Ukraine following the Russian invasion and ongoing conflict. The overprint will run from 18 July to 10th August 2022.

Since March, Jersey Post has waived postage charges for mail addressed to Ukraine to help families and loved ones caught up in the conflict to stay in touch. The company has also held fundraisers and delivered 200 oxygen concentrators from Jersey to Poland to help with aid efforts in Ukraine.

Jersey Post’s JE02 series Post & Go kiosk is located in Jersey Post’s Broad Street post office in St Helier, whilst the JE03 series kiosk is located at Jersey Post Headquarters at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour. Collectors’ strips featuring the overprint will be available to order at www.jerseystamps.com or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717.

BLACK TOT DAY

On 31 July 1970, sailors in the Royal Navy were issued with their final daily ration of rum (the daily tot), ending a tradition of more than 300 years. This day became known as ‘Black Tot Day.’

Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were ‘buried at sea’ and in one naval training base, there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper.

The National Museums of the Royal Navy Royal Mail kiosks, A002, A003, A004, A006 and A007 will celebrate this event with an overprint. ‘Black Tot Day 31st July 1970’ on both Union and Machin stamps.

The overprint will rum from Saturday 31st July 2021 to Tuesday 31st August 2021.

The Postal Museum announces the reopening of its Post & Go machines with new commemorative overprints

LONDON, 14 May 2021 – The Postal Museum is set to resume the operation of its two Post & Go machines as the Museum reopens to the public on 20 May 2021. Both kiosks will be in their usual locations The Postal Museum’s Welcome Space and Mail Rail entrance, no admission ticket will be required to access the services.

Additional safety measures are being introduced such as a hand sanitizer station, a queuing system and information on how to scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code located near the machines.

The machine in the Welcome Space will vend a collector’s strip of 1st and 2nd class Machin stamps with an overprint “Wish You Were Here” and a distinctive postcard symbol celebrating The Postal Museum’s new exhibition marking 151 years of the British postcard.

In addition to Post & Go stamps, a First Day Cover and a Presentation Pack containing both 1st and 2nd class Machins with “Wish You Were Here” overprint will be available to purchase from the museum’s shop and online at shop.postalmuseum.org from 20 May.

Both Post & Go machines are available at The Postal Museum from 10.30 and throughout the museum’s opening hours (Thursdays to Sundays). Please check the full revised opening hours at www.postalmuseum.org/visit-us/.