Freddie Mercury was adored across the world for his incredible voice being a global rock icon, musical genius, and on-stage charisma. Though he was recognized internationally as rock band Queen’s front man, Freddie kept a private life.
As a child, he grew up in various parts of the British Empire, including India and Zanzibar. He was into a Parsi family under the influence of Zoroastrianism. When an individual in their tribe dies, their possessions must be burnt. But his stamp collection was an exception. His father Bomi Bulsara kept Freddie’s childhood stamps.
As young as 9 and 12 years of age, he collected stamps on his travels and put it together as a substantial book. However, Bomi later sold it on auction to the Postal Museum, donating the proceeds to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity.
Now let me share you some trivia.
Freddie Mercury designed the famous Queen Crest logo himself. His Ealing Art College graphic design degree helped him. He also had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin in the early 70s. When he died in 1991, he left her most of his money, house and recording royalties.
He was number 18 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
He was a keen philatelist (stamp collector). Perhaps the most fascinating about his stamp collection is they’re fixed on black backgrounds, allowing bright colors and designs to emerge. They are also arranged to form particular shapes and patterns.
Freddie’s stamps include a wide range of countries across the world. Many are from the British Empire, Eastern Europe, and similar philatelic interests from Zanzibar.
Take a look at his wonderful stamps.