insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011 03:33 PMThere 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest October 10, 2011
October 10, 2011 03:38 PMTime 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest July 22, 2011
July 22, 2011 03:57 PMThe 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest May 9, 2011
May 09, 2011 04:06 PMWhat 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest April 11, 2011
April 11, 2011 04:10 PMAbout 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest February 14, 2011
February 14, 2011 04:22 PMWith 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.
insightsU.S. Notes Cartoon Contest January 10, 2011
January 10, 2011 04:31 PMThere 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.