Speed, or the lack of it, was the dominant theme for the January cartoon caption contest entries for the 3¢ Minnesota Territory Centennial commemorative of 1949.
Stewart Lyons of Woodmere, N.Y., took an unusual approach with, "I guess that with over a $4 billion loss, this replacement for our worn-out trucks shouldn't be a surprise."
The subject of speed paired with the performance of the Congress inspired several entries, such as "Hurry up, Bessie, Congress is moving faster than us... " by Fred Breier of Oradell, N.J.
The recent drop in the price of gasoline was the second most popular subject for the contest.
Joe Petitto of Tyler, Texas, represents this group with, "If I knew the price of gas was going to be so low, I'd never have given up the car."
The philatelic line winner comes from Gerald Boren of Gilbert, Ariz., who transforms the oxcart into new Postal Service equipment, as shown nearby.
The nonphilatelic winner is "You know Babe, the Blue Ox? Well, this here is Gabe the Green Ox, and he's 'going green' to save the environment!" It is the brainchild of Patricia Walters from Salesville, Ohio.
Both winners will receive Linn's Stamp Identifier published by Linn's, or a 13-week subscription to Linn's (a new subscription or an extension). The book has a retail value of $12.99.
Here are the best of the runners-up:
"Come on Babe, let's get home. This is the largest package of kiloware I've ever received!" from David Schwartz of Commack, N.Y.
"Another wrong turn, and I'm hooking up the GPS!" by David Trutwin from Fort Mohave, Ariz.
"Sure the cart's heavy, but look on the bright side, You're not one of those Western Cattle in a Storm" sent by Christopher Palermo of Mountain View, Calif.
"Does my ox qualify for the carpool lane?" from Terry Meier of Washington, D.C.
"Since we're not going to be around forever, I guess the yokes on you!" by Steve Kotler of San Francisco, Calif.
""Hmmmmmm, What's Burma Shave?" sent by Bob Sazama of The Villages, Fla.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to all who entered.
The next cartoon caption contest will be announced in the March 9 issue of Linn's.