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Get into a Cosmonaut Spacesuit for the June Cartoon Contest


Notes on U.S. Stamps by John M. Hotchner

In 1992, the United States Postal Service issued a block of four 29¢ se-tenant (side-by-side) stamps (Scott 2634a) to commemorate space achievements. This was a joint issue with the Russian Federation.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US-Russian relations hit new lows, but cooperation in the space program remains the only bright spot between the two countries.

This may not last as events related to Ukraine unfold, but for now, a peaceful level of cooperation continues. Yet one wonders what Russian cosmonauts think of the future.

To give by Linn readers a chance to think about this concept, the Cartoon Legends Contest stamp for June comes from the top left corner (Scott 2631) of the block of four. The drawing shows a Russian cosmonaut and an American space shuttle.

You are invited to put on the cosmonaut’s spacesuit and come up with one or more lines on the subject of continued space cooperation, the politics of the relationship as reflected in stamps, philately, how Ukrainian war could unfold, or whatever else you might wish to comment on from the perspective of the cosmonaut.

Entries with a touch of humor or irony have the best chance of winning the competition.

Two prizes will be awarded to the winners: one for the best philatelic line and one for the best non-philatelic line.

Put your entry(s) 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 jmhstamp@verizon.net. If you are emailing, it is essential that you include your mailing address.

For each winner, the prize will be a 13-week subscription to by Linn (a new subscription or an extension).

Registrations must reach me no later than June 24th.

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