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Ringo Starr Loses Personal Beatles Photo Collection

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To paraphrase one of his more famous solo songs, “All he’s got is a photograph,” and now, Ringo Starr doesn’t even have quite as many of those anymore, having apparently lost some important Beatles photographs.

Always something of an amateur photographer from as far back as the early Beatles days, Ringo had quite a collection of candid and unique shots of his band mates — behind the scenes, backstage, at home, at work, at play as it were. For whatever reason, Starr never compiled these photos in any public manner. Now, it appears, that chance may never come.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo says “I don’t know where they are. I wish I did.” Though he has hopes that they will surface one day he adds, “There’s been several moves and things happen.” Don’t give up on the man! This kind of discovery of misplaced items has happened before. “I found a box on my shelf and was like, ‘What the hell is that?’” Starr recalled “And it was full of the postcards.”

That discovery became a much loved book Starr published in 2004. ‘Postcards From The Boys’ was a collection of correspondence between Ringo and his band mates over the years which made for a very interesting peek into a very casual and private side of Beatle relations.

“At the time we were moving house yet again, and the secretary I had at the time decided to put them all in envelopes and put them in a shoebox. That’s how I found out I still had them.” he said of those postcards. “So you never know, one day I may find another box with all my photos.”

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