US Stamps

November cartoon contest takes on American economy

Nov 1, 2023, 11 AM
The cartoon caption contest image for November is the forever stamp showing a photo of a coal miner from the 2013 Building a Nation pane of 12. Entries must be received by Nov. 24 for a chance to win a prize.

U.S. Stamp Notes by John M. Hotchner

The state of the American economy is often in the headlines these days: inflation, strikes, some say a looming recession, a move to replace the dollar as the international currency, and much more.

Man-on-the-street interviews about these matters are all over the map. There are as many different opinions as there are people. I am reminded of something said in my Economics 101 course at the University of Virginia, “If you placed all the economists in the world end-to-end, they would not reach a conclusion!”

So, let’s go with the economy as one theme for the November cartoon caption contest featuring the stamp from the 2013 Building A Nation pane of 12 (Scott 4801) showing a photograph of a coal miner (4801g). The face value of these forever stamps at the time of issue was 46¢.

Assume the identity of the coal miner, and tell me what you might be thinking or saying about the effects of the economy on the worker or the retiree, or what might be expected in the future. Or you can use the illustration to make observations about philately, politics or any other theme that occurs to you.

Entries with a touch of humor or irony stand the best chance of winning the contest.

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

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 If you send an email, it is essential that you include your postal mailing address.

For each winner, the prize will be a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension). Entries must reach me no later than Nov. 24.

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