US Stamps

John M. Hotchner

Same sheet, different issue: Try your luck at captioning this 24¢ Bicentennial stamp

June 22, 2017 01:00 PM

  • The cartoon caption contest for July features the stamp on the far left of the 1976 Bicentennial souvenir sheet picturing Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. Put yourself in the rags of the guys moving the boat through the ice, and tell me what you think they are saying about the task at hand, life in Washington’s military, or other subjects such as politics and stamp collecting. There will be a prize for the best philatelic and best nonphilatelic lines. The rules to enter the contest are in the accompanying article. Entries must be received by July 28 for a chance to win a prize.

U.S. Stamp Notes — By John M. Hotchner

The June cartoon caption contest featured the George Washington stamp (Scott1688b) from the 1976 Bicentennial souvenir sheet depicting Washington crossing the Delaware. As I was looking at this sheet, I got to thinking that another stamp from it would offer an opportunity of a different kind.

For that reason, the July cartoon caption contest stamp is Scott1688a, the stamp on the far left of the sheet showing two of the guys that were doing the work to move the boat through the ice.

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Given that the lower ranks of the army often have a fairly jaundiced view of what they are asked to do, what they were saying, either aloud or to themselves, was probably a good deal less lofty than what was going through General Washington’s mind.

The challenge for this month’s cartoon caption contest is to put yourself in their rags, and to tell me what you might be saying or thinking about the task at hand, the war effort, or the plight of the military grunt. Or you can bring them into the modern day with comments on politics, stamp collecting, or anything else that occurs to you.

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 email it to me.

 If you send an email, 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 the prizes, entries must reach me no later than July 28.

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