2002 Chinese Lunar
"Year of the Horse"
1965 Dante' Alighieri
1966 Circus Clown
1997 Classic Movie Monsters
Lon Chaney Senior
Lon Chaney Junior
2002 Harry Houdini
2003 Arctic Tundra
"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe
1974 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
1998 "Bright Eyes"
2002 "Spay & Neuter"
"The Cat's Meow"
2001 Nobel Prize - Dual Cancel
1959 St. Lawrence Seaway
I managed to get two each of these designs through the printer without mishap, which considering the frailty of these 58 year old thin paper stock three panel FDC Blanks ... the success was a pleasant surprise!
1998 Alpine Skier
"Washburn Challenge - Greenville Skiing Frog"
A "Short?" History Explaining the Skiing Frog Design:
This design is the result of combining my 2007 & 2008 Entry Cover Designs for the "Washburn Challenge". This was a contest that for several years was put on by Jim Washburn (alias) a "Mystery Man" who lives in Bretton Woods New Hampshire by invitation to various cachet makers.
Each year "Jim" had a famous Comic Book Artist create artwork for his Cachet that was printed and distributed to contestants. A white envelope for himself, and colored envelopes - one for the Cachet Maker and one for AFDCS Auction that were then franked and canceled by the contestants... cachet "could be" added, but not required. Being a Cachet Maker I always added a cachet.
It was more about stamps and cancels than about cachets with various categories aimed at interesting stamp/cancel relationship and location - including farthest distance for cancel etc..
In 2007 I did the "Greenville Frog" playing golf design placing the "Hello My Baby Singing Frog" on a golf green along side the provided cachet. I won the "Most Creative" Category even though my Greenville, Texas hand cancel idea didn't work out as you can see due to extreme circumstances I ended up with the "spray on" North Texas Cancel... long (sad) story that I can explain if anyone is interested enough to email asking.
In 2008 I used some Swedish Ski Related Stamps and had one of my customers who lives in Sweden obtain cancels in Stockholm hoping to win the distance/theme category... but once again I was happy to win the "Most Creative Overall" Category .
2007 Entry Cover 2008 Entry Cover
The annual contest suddenly ended in 2009 when there was no announcement of winners nor any word of "what" happened!
I did say "Jim" was a "Mystery Man" after all...
Just for fun I then did a hand painted cachet (on my own - not for the contest) placing the Singing Frog on a pair of skis and into the Skiing Scene... I gave one to "Jim" and did one for myself using the Alpine Skiing Stamp... and "that's" the explanation of how and why this design came to be!
You can find a little more information concering the Washburn Challenge by clicking on The Washburn Challenge in the Navagation Bar to the left side of this page. I still get an occasional First Day Cover from "Jim" but not too often.
I used this Skiing Frog Cachet Design for this printed "EmPrint" version using the 1998 Alpine Skiing First Day Cover Blanks I had on hand resulting in the cover you see posted here... and that's...
"The Rest of the Story"!
1996 Big Band Leaders
This artwork is from one of my old "sketchbooks"... Found a good place for "JD" on this 1996 "Big Band Leaders" First Day Cover!
1991 William Saroyan Dual Cancel
"The Time of Your Life"
"The Windmill Dock"
1980 "Midget Size" Windmills - #s 1738 - 1742
The Original Oil Painting for this was completed in 1975