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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest December 1, 2008

December 01, 2008 01:47 PM

The current depressed economic situation moved a number of U.S. Notes readers to have Santa reflect on its effect. The December cartoon caption contest featured the 32¢ Dreaming of Santa Claus stamp (Figure 3) from the 1996 Christmas block of four stamps.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest November 1, 2008

November 01, 2008 01:53 PM

Threadbare is a term that well describes the tree being planted by two youngsters in the design of the 1932 2¢ Arbor Day stamp shown in Figure 3. The stamp was the subject of the cartoon caption contest for November.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest October 1, 2008

October 01, 2008 01:58 PM

The 1983 40¢ Olympic Swimmer stamp shown in Figure 4 was used as the October cartoon caption contest stamp with the intention of inspiring comments that might be seriously attributable to 2008 Olympic multiple medalist Michael Phelps.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest September 1, 2008

September 01, 2008 02:05 PM

If Christopher Columbus had been able to accurately predict the future, several of the entrants in the cartoon caption contest, featuring the 15¢ stamp of the 1893 Columbian Exposition series (Scott 238), would have been right on target with their entries.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest August 4, 2008

August 04, 2008 02:11 PM

The stamp used for the contest, shown in Figure 2, was the 22¢ Flag Over Capitol stamp issued in 1985.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest July 7, 2008

July 07, 2008 02:20 PM

This 1885 10¢ Messenger Running special delivery stamp (Scott E1) was the intended cartoon caption contest stamp for July, and several sharp-eyed U.S. Notes readers caught the mistake.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest June 2, 2008

June 02, 2008 02:31 PM

It seems that Frank Sinatra fans are about as ardent as Elvis Presley fans. The new 42¢ Frank Sinatra stamp in Figure 3 was used for the June cartoon caption contest, and many entrants took the opportunity to thumb their nose at Elvis.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest May 1, 2008

May 01, 2008 03:24 PM

A surprising number of readers responded to the May cartoon caption contest for the 25¢ Stagecoach stamp from 1989 shown in Figure 4.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Content April 1, 2008

April 01, 2008 03:29 PM

The cartoon caption contest stamp for April, shown in Figure 2, was the 40¢ Weight Lifter airmail stamp from the 1983 Olympics set. When gazing at the stamp, several U.S. Notes readers saw a direct connection to philately in the barbells.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest March 3, 2008

March 03, 2008 03:34 PM

The 2007 41¢ Darth Vader stamp from the Star Wars set, shown in Figure 3, was used for the March cartoon caption contest. This stamp drew more entries than any contest in my recent memory, and excellent entries at that.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest February 4, 2008

February 04, 2008 03:40 PM

I tried something a little different for the February cartoon caption contest featuring the 33¢ Youth Baseball stamp of 2000 shown in Figure 4. Instead of philatelic and nonphilatelic award categories, the challenge this time was to come up with the best line for the catcher and the best line for the hitter.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest January 4, 2008

January 04, 2008 03:46 PM

Quite a few responses to the January cartoon caption contest stamp made that connection. The contest used the 1983 35¢ Volleyball stamp, shown in Figure 3. Vern Sweeney of Kansas City, Kan., captured the phenomenon by having one player say to the other, "Your cell phone is ringing."
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