The Washburn Challenge
When the 2008 Entry Covers arrived I saw that this year the "Bretton Woods" cachet was all about skiing.
I have a great customer in Stockholm Sweden and one of the categories was "The Most Remote Cancellation"...
So, I contacted my Swedish Customer and arranged for him to obtain cancellations in Stockholm and return them to me under separate cover...
... I also painted one for him as a "thank you" for doing this.
Again I felt the urge to add my own small cachet of the Swedish Flag with Map.
I was a bit surprised to not win the "Most Remote" category but rather again "Most Creative".
I don't remember exactly "where" the winning cancel for "Most Remote" was but I guess it was farther "away" than Sweden...
Another "Fun" Awards Package and another year of helping raise funds for the AFDCS.
For 2009 I didn't feel any particular inspiration from the "Bretton Woods" cachet but being "creative" I thought about using the "Texas Navy" logo that I had recently painted for a USS Texas cachet... and sent my Entry Covers to a new US Navy Ship... USS San Antonio LPD-11.
It all fit together nicely with the "Texas Navy Logo", USS San Antonio Ships Cancel, & the Chester Nimitz and Alamo stamps...
It was a bit risky sending them to the ship for cancels but I included a very nice letter explaining the "importance" of getting the cancels and asking for "careful" application... all of which happily I did receive!
I received my cover and I "think" that "Jim" and AFDCS also received theirs as well...
... but, after entering this fun contest for only these three years this year the contestants never received any word from the "Mystery Man" Jim Washburn... and this was the last year that the contest was held.
As explained in the "rest of the story" below I was able to keep in touch with "Jim" for several years but never found out his real identity.
Hope he's doing well.