By John M. Hotchner
Entries in the December cartoon caption contest, which featured the 3¢ 1952 Service Women stamp picturing women in the armed services, tended to focus on what is presumed to be the female emphasis on clothing.
M. Cummings of Holmdel, N.J., sent in "Can we swap? I look better in blue," a line that works if we recall that the models for this stamp were professional models, not actual service women.
Another approach to this subject was contributed by Lawrence Segel of Valhalla, N.Y.: "The military might look more attractive if they'd let us design the uniforms!"
The changing roles of women was the second most popular subject addressed by entries.
A long, but clever take-off on this topic was sent by Reid Hinson of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., who has one of the women saying, "Great! You apply for submarines, you for fighter jets, you for combat arms, and I'll apply for peacemaking. Let's see what happens!"
Let us say that if that line represents serious aspirations of women in 1952, they were more than 50 years ahead of their time.
The Four Chaplains Memorial stamp of 1948 provides the backdrop for the philatelic winner this month. As shown in Figure 3, Ira Cotton of Naples, Fla., makes the connection between the selfless act of the four chaplains and the possibility of an uncertain fate that lurks in the back of the mind for anyone in the military.
On the nonphilatelic side, Joseph Van Hooser of Princeton, Ky., suggested "Anyone else get a 'Dear Jane' letter?"
Both winners will receive Linn's Stamp Identifier published by Amos Hobby Publishing, or a 13-week subscription toLinn's (a new subscription or an extension). The book has a retail value of $12.99.
Here are a few of the runners-up:
"To think that we just got the vote in 1920" by Lewis Ludwig of Port Angeles, Wash.
"I joined because they said this was the best way to snag a man. Why are you here?" from Susan Marshall of Berwyn, Ill.
"Hey Jenny, did you buy some of those upside-down airplane stamps yet?" sent by Wesley Heacock of Port Angeles, Wash.
"Excuse me while I wax nostalgic about my time in the WACS," by David Vikan of Dickinson, N.D.
"Okay, smile: Inter-service rivalry doesn't exist for this shot!" from Jack Trammell of Mineral, Va.
"Uniforms or evening dresses for the military ball?" sent by Boyd Degeest of Winona, Minn.
"Don't ask...Don't tell," from Debberae Streett of Stewartstown, Pa.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to all who entered.
The next cartoon caption contest will be announced in the Feb. 10 Linn's.