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Description of Pictures: John Lennon: The Green Album
September 7, 2018 – February 3, 2019
John Lennon’s boyhood stamp album—including 565 stamps on more than 150 pages are on display. The exhibition coincides with the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of the John Lennon Forever stamp, honoring the legendary singer and songwriter. The stamp is part of the USPS’ Music Icons series. Lennon's older cousin, Stanley Parkes, inspired the future Beatle's interest in stamp collecting and gave him the album. Lennon rubbed out Parkes’s name and address on the album’s flyleaf, replacing it with his own signature and the address at Mendips, the home he shared with his aunt Mary (“Mimi”) Smith and her husband George. Already a budding artist, Lennon sketched beards and mustaches in blue ink of the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI on the album's title page. Lennon continued to collect and trade stamps for several years after receiving this album. According to Parkes, Lennon began collecting at about age 9 and actively collected stamps for several years. There is evidence throughout the album that Lennon added and removed stamps. Lennon’s handwritten notes on the flyleaf indicate the album may have contained as many as 800 stamps at some point. Currently, the album contains 565 stamps. John Lennon, along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr achieved superstardom as the rock and roll band, The Beatles. But before Lennon travelled the globe playing music with The Beatles, this boy from Liverpool, England saw the world in a whole different way—through stamps. The exhibition will also feature previous USPS-issued stamps that are part of the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series.
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PMLENN_180925_05.JPG: The Green Album
PMLENN_180925_10.JPG: The address underneath Lennon's autograph on the flyleaf -- 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool -- belongs to "Mendips," the hope of his maternal Aunt Mimi, with whom Lennon lived for much of his childhood. The home is now preserved by the U.S. National Trust.
PMLENN_180925_16.JPG: Years before his rise to fame as a musician and member of the Beatles, a preteen Lennon took pen in hand and added blue ink beards and moustaches to the images of Queen Victoria and King George VI on the album's title page.
PMLENN_180925_23.JPG: "... There are people who think stamp collecting isn't cool and maybe this will cause them to think twice about that. It just doesn't get cooler than John Lennon."
-- W. Wilson Hulme, National Postal Museum Curator of Philately (2002-2007)
PMLENN_180925_27.JPG: John Lennon's childhood stamp album
John Lennon was a schoolboy when his cousin Stanley Parkes gave him this hardcover Mercury stamp album. It originally belonged to Parkes, who encouraged Lennon's interest in stamp collecting.
More than 550 stamps are included from countries such as the United Kingdom, India, and the United States. New Zealand is well-represented because Lennon collected the stamps from his family's correspondence with numerous relatives there.
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Greenville, NC, Newport News, VA, and my farewell event with them in Chicago, IL (via sites in Louisville, KY, St. Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH),
three trips to New York City (including New York Comic-Con), and
my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles).
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.
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