US Stamps

April cartoon caption contest winner pits Barbie against Cinderella

May 14, 2024, 9 AM
The winner of the nonphilatelic line in the April cartoon caption contest featuring the 39¢ Cinderella and Prince Charming stamp from the 2006 The Art of Disney: Romance issue is Dave Epps of Portland, Ore.

U.S. Stamp Notes by John M. Hotchner

Dancing looks easy as Prince Charming and Cinderella glide across the floor on the 39¢ stamp (Scott 4026) issued in 2006 as part of The Art of Disney: Romance block of four (4025-4028). That Prince Charming and Cinderella stamp served as the cartoon contest stamp for April.

Linn’s readers were not so sure the picture comported with reality. Several had thoughts about the feet that filled the glass slippers and the princely shoes.

David Vikan of Dickinson, N.D., suggested: “You’re charming, Prince. But you have two left feet!”

Michael Moticha of Apple Valley, Calif., took another approach with this line, “I’ll smile for the stamp, but you just stamped on my Royal foot.”

Several entries connected the current British royals in exile to the Disney dancers. Steve Kotler of San Francisco, Calif., sent, “I’m just wild about Harry, and Harry’s wild about me!”

David Epps of Portland, Ore., wins the best nonphilatelic line shown in the box pictured above.

On the philatelic side, Jeanmarie Johnson of Granite City, Ill., wins with this line playing off the stamp’s denomination, “No sir, I’m not nearly 40, but you should know not to ask a lady her age!”

Both winners will receive a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension).

Here are the best of the other runners-up:

“This stamp isn’t a Cinderella, is it?” by Merlin Dorfman of Livermore, Calif.

“I don’t care if you are a prince, you’re not getting your hands on my inverted Jenny,” from Jerry Smith of St. Charles, Mo.

“This relationship won’t last long. Fairy Godmother says you’re counterfeit!” by Harold Forbes of Castleton, Vt.

“Tracking shows my package of photos is delayed, but USPS assures me that some day my prints will come,” from Steve Kotler.

“Brylcreem … How about you?” by Rich Wolf of Westminster, Md.

“Dizzy yet?” from Vincent Jones of Emerald, Calif.

“Camilla, do you think anyone will notice this photo has been digitally manipulated?” from Joe Timko of Vicksburg, Mich.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to all who entered. The next contest will be announced in the June 10 issue of Linn’s.

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