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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest December 12, 2011

December 11, 2011 03:20 PM

The nontraditional blue Santa suit motivated most of the entrants in the December cartoon caption contest featuring the 2001 34¢ Christmas stamp shown here in Figure 3.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011 03:33 PM

There were more duplicate entries for the November cartoon caption contest than for any other stamp in recent memory. The 1948 3¢ stamp in Figure 4 features a Brahma rooster as an emblem for the 100th anniversary of the American Poultry Industry.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 03:38 PM

Time marches on. I have been running the cartoon caption contest in the U.S. Notes column since 1986. Most contests have drawn between 50 and 200 entries, but the last couple of years have seen a gradual decrease in entries. The current contest using the 34¢ Mentoring a Child stamp, shown in Figure 4, brought in just 33 entries from 21 readers.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 03:44 PM

First let me acknowledge that the September cartoon caption contest stamp, which honored Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Figure 3 stamp, pictures a serious scene – his meeting with paratroopers on the eve of D-Day.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest August 8, 2011

August 08, 2011 03:50 PM

In that same vein, a number of the cartoon caption contest entries for August put on a somewhat strident cloak while speaking as the queen in the 2009 44¢ King and Queen of Hearts Love stamp pair in Figure 2.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011 03:57 PM

The most-used theme for the July cartoon caption contest, in which readers were asked to be King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on the stamp in Figure 2, was the "don't forget" theme. The illustration on the 5¢ Columbian stamp from 1893 is Columbus entreating the Spanish royals for financial support to fund his travels to India.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011 04:02 PM

The king was invited to get a word in edgewise in the June cartoon caption contest featuring the se-tenant U.S. 44¢ King and Queen of Hearts Love stamps of 2009, shown in Figure 4.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest May 9, 2011

May 09, 2011 04:06 PM

What do you think of when you hear collectors talking about duck stamps? Chances are that Daffy Duck does not come readily to mind, but he was the star of a 33¢ stamp in 1999 that served as the cartoon caption contest subject for May. The stamp is shown in Figure 3.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011 04:10 PM

About 75 percent of the entries for the April cartoon caption contest, using the 1993 29¢ Elvis stamp shown in Figure 3, combined one of his signature lines with something philatelic, or changed one of those familiar utterances to a stamp collecting thought.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011 04:16 PM

So it was not a surprise that about half the entries in the March cartoon caption contest, which featured the Figure 4 stamp from the 2010 44¢ Adopt a Shelter Pet issue, dealt with dogs licking stamps.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011 04:22 PM

With two grandsons playing hockey, I thought the 1980 15¢ Winter Olympics stamp in Figure 3 might make for an interesting cartoon caption contest subject in February. The small number of entries submitted, however, suggests to me that hockey is not high on the list of favored sports among U.S. Notes readers.

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U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011 04:31 PM

There were many wonderful entries for the January cartoon caption contest, which featured one of the cat stamps from the 44¢ Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp issue from 2010. Picking contest winners and even runners-up was tough.
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