April Cartoon Legends Winners Spread Lincoln’s Humorous Side


American stamp notes by John M. Hotchner

References to a well-worn replica of the Gettysburg address dominated entries in our April Cartoon Legends contest featuring the Abraham Lincoln 1869 90 ¢ (Scott 122) stamp.

One of my favorites is this postage commentary sent by Dave Schwartz of Commack, NY, “Four Points and Ten Cents for a Stamp!” What would I send, a cow ?! “

Several entries commented on stamp cancellations, offering two different approaches that play with the current culture of cancellations.

Greig Best of Sacramento, Calif., Suggested, “Cancel the crop? I thought I would only be canceled if I was mailed. “

From Frank Schmitt of Rockford, Ill., Comes: “Wow, this undo crop movement is a real sock on the nose.”

This competition elicited an unusual number of serious and thoughtful entries and, unlike my usual practice, I present a few because they are apolitical but worthy of reflection in these troubled times.

Gilbert Schaye from New York, NY, used this last line of a quote attributed to Lincoln, “… but you can’t fool everyone all the time.”

George Schaetzle of Sheboygan, Wisconsin wrote: “I hope my high denomination reminds people of the great sacrifices that have been made to preserve the Union.”

Fred Steinberg of Newton, NJ, sent this entry, “In remembrance are the roots of redemption; in oblivion, the roots of destruction.

For the non-philatelic portion of the contest, the winning entry was from Rich Wolf of Westminster, Md.

Dale Stout of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the philatelic portion of the contest with “90 cents ?! The male almost stopped here!

Both winners will receive a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension). Here is the best of the other finalists.

“I’ve had enough! I’m leaving DC! If anyone wants me, I’ll be at my address in Gettysburg,” by Nicholas D’Amico of Kingman, Arizona.

“Twelve twenty-five, our ancestors had no idea that this stamp could now only send a three-ounce letter!” by John Himes of Cypress, Calif.

“Just my luck. Of all the places the Simpsons could have chosen to live, why did they have to choose Springfield?” By Steve Kotler from San Francisco, California.

“It proves that people will remember me in four points and in seven years!” by John Barrera from Concord, North Carolina

“Ninety cents in my day is worth $ 17.76 today – more than enough for a letter to a Calcutta cooler!” by Mitchell Zais from Columbia, SC

“How do you integrate yesterday’s heroes into today’s culture? Take off their hats, ”by Kenny Moore from Rocklin, Calif.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to everyone who entered. The next competition will be announced in the June 14 issue of Linn’s.

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