American First Day Cover Society
Annual Cachetmaker's Contest
This was a very good year for I was greatly honored
to have won the "Best of 2014" Grand Prize...
So, I have placed this one on the main heading page,
you will not see a sub-page for 2014.
Hand Drawn/Hand Painted Category
Souvenir Stamp on 6" x 9 1/2" Cover
Hand Drawn/Hand Painted
Medium - "Water-Based Oil"
This cover being just a bit larger than normal
gave me a nice "canvas" to work with.
After I have finished painting the first one the
thought occurred to me that I had missed a "better"
idea by painting two clowns...
... why hadn't I painted a "Ring Master" instead of
the clown in green who is "presenting" the acts?
While I know this "late" thinking was a better idea
I suppose it was "good enough" for at least the judges
seemed to like it! I'm always thinking I could
have done something better after finishing any
of my cachets...
The scan to the left here shows the reverse
side of the cover in Zebra Stripes and my logo
"cancelling" the 5c Circus Clown stamp of 1966.
Miscellaneous Medium Category
2014 Abraham Lincoln 21c Stamp
This is simply one of my Graphite Pencil
Hand Drawn "EmSketch" Covers...
... I have found it difficult to determine which
category to enter these graphite cachets in.
This year it was not only accepted as an entrant
in the Miscellaneous Medium Category...
... it actually won First Place!
Subsequent years of entering the EmSketch Covers
has resulted in not being the proper category...
... including Miscellaneous Medium.
Maybe I'll figure it out next year.