US Stamps

By John M. Hotchner

Cartoon contest features 1967 Accomplishments In Space stamp

October 21, 2015 08:45 PM

  • The cartoon caption contest for November is the astronaut half of the pair of 1967 5¢ stamps honoring accomplishments in space. Picture yourself in the space suit and tell me what you might be thinking or saying about today’s space program, or anything else on your mind. The rules to enter the contest are in the accompanying article. Entries must be received by Nov. 23 for a chance to win a prize.

In 1967, the United States issued a se-tenant pair of 5¢ stamps commemorating accomplishments in space. One stamp shows the Gemini 4 capsule; the other depicts an astronaut taking a space walk. The latter-mentioned stamp (Scott 1331) is being used for the November cartoon contest.

Put yourself in the space suit, floating in space, and tell me what you think the astronaut might be saying or thinking about NASA, the space program, philately, the current presidential sweepstakes, or anything else that occurs to you.

There will be two prizes given: one for the best philatelic line, and one for the best nonphilatelic line.

The important thing is to use your sense of humor, because entries with a humorous twist have the best chance of winning a prize.

Put your entry (or entries) on a postcard if possible and send it to me, John Hotchner, Cartoon Contest, Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041-0125, or e-mail it to jmhstamp@verizon.net. Be sure to include your mailing address.

For each winner, the prize will be the book Linn’s Stamp Identifier, published by Linn’s (a retail value of $12.99), or a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension). To be considered for a prize, entries must reach me no later than Nov. 23.

Why not enter now while you’re thinking about it?