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29 Apr 2013
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Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Ok, I am posting this former message board response below at the end, and starting a real contest.
I have not selected the prize yet, but I promise it will be worthwhile...have to go look in my collections for one with broad appeal, and since I am downsizing...there should be some good selections to offer as prize.. (your suggestions for the prize are also welcome but no US C3a please)
So let's put it in perspective: Kim has no avatars. Kim needs help. Kim purchases mostly penny auctions. Kim also collects some of the strangest things, he can tell you...but hey, who is to judge? (I also collect worthless pieces of used paper you cannot even use to write on, and pay more than Kim for them)

Kim will be the only judge in the avatar selection process, and he must promise to use the winning avatar. Entries will close May 15 ( I am out traveling for a month may 17, so we better close by then).
I will (hopefully ) have a prize (or selection of prizes) to offer to the winner....(the old trust me...) sooner than May 15.

Quote""I am suggesting a contest. Let us help Kim select an appropriate avatar. Post your suggestions. The Prize for the winning entry: a rare (bough for a penny) stamp just like Kim would love to find.
This is an example of Avatar...not my entry!
rrr...
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29 Apr 2013
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re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Hmmm, there doesn't seem to be a rule barring k's entry into this contest!

Thinking k

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30 Apr 2013
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If we could have a K at one of the top corners, Kim's avatar is pretty straight forward? Isn't it?
No Kim, you are not banned from participating and you could win, but unless we ALL agree it is the one you self-selected that deserved to win...and you know the chances of this happening, here.
Meanwhile, here is a (non-photo shopped) avatar suggestion. Get the postal office issued magic marker..add the K and voila.
Nice SON by the way!
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30 Apr 2013
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Hmmm, not bad. It's already got the H and the J, and the all important 1 penny.

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30 Apr 2013
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re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

A red K in the centre of the cancellation on the Queen's neck? That would be cool and unique.

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30 Apr 2013
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Yeah, I like that idea! (both, actually)

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30 Apr 2013
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Like this?

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30 Apr 2013
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re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

He remembered to use a small "k".

Big Hug k

HINT: orange is my favorite color... Winking Winking Winking

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30 Apr 2013
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uh, oh. Looks like Michael##### might lay claim to a personalized Penny Black avatar, now.

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30 Apr 2013
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30 Apr 2013
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That's exactly what I was thinking - it has my vote! Happy

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30 Apr 2013
02:44:41pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Hmmm, my userID, a penny, orange... looking pretty good from where I sit.

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You didn't throw it away I hope. Remember, I collect selvage, tabs, margins...

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30 Apr 2013
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I like it! Do we have a winner?

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30 Apr 2013
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Must wait until the entry deadline of May 15th. And we're not going to let rrr leave early!

Big Grin k

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30 Apr 2013
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This is too easy guys...you have shown much more talent before. I am upping the prize(s)..there will now be two valuable stamps as prizes for the winner, one US stamp, and one ...well I don't know yet....suggestions?

Slight modifications of my entry, will not win you a prize...am I right, Kim? What next, a bigger k in a circle (copyright warning), more letters in the corners? a khj cancel from outside Boston? (google www.khj.com).... naaaahh there is more imagination here, and you still have two weeks to surprise even Kim!

Now for the US stamp...from my soon to be given away US collection, and not worth as much as a penny black, unfortunately,...but what do you expect khj fans or should I say(aka king, or kimg? fans) It is a well centered, SON, (some would give it a 100? grade lol) used penny bleue that I identify (or mis-identify, and mis-grade) as US #145...but I am not an expert at US stamps, so it could be a blood relative of the same era. (photo posted below)

I am now searching to add a non US stamp prize to build up some additional momentum, especially since bribe money seems to be in vogue. We all know that bribe money will not get you very far with Kim...just pennies! right Kim?
OK so posted below, prize #1.

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30 Apr 2013
08:04:28pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Minor variations of a submission will only gain points for the original submission. Although I do consider the changing of the color from red to orange to be a major change that warrants a new major Scott catalog number.

I actually had several avatars on the old SW. Elsewhere, I've either had no avatars or just the default board-supplied avatar. I will post a few of my old avatars later to give you an idea of what "tickles my fancy".

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30 Apr 2013
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I would like to see a photo shopped circle k on that penny black myself!
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30 Apr 2013
08:27:31pm
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My many avatars while I was at SW Forum (any of you remember any of these? anybody remember the story behind these?):

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There should also be a HO HO collectibles avatar for Christmas, but I can't find it.

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I think there were a few more, but you get the idea. Now some of you probably wish I would stay avatarless, huh?

The cat holding the magnifier was the one I used most of the time. That was made by Dianne.

Applause Thanks for all the great(?) ideas over the years!

Thumbs Up k

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30 Apr 2013
08:42:36pm
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The Penny Blacks with Coco's face was your take on my C O C O corner letters. Happy

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30 Apr 2013
09:08:15pm
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That's right. I think Nigel was the first to notice.

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30 Apr 2013
09:52:02pm
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reflecting back on the previous avatars, it's hard to believe that Dr Pepper is the only liquid in your drinking glass.....

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30 Apr 2013
09:54:15pm
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I think it's time for a new dog the penny black is a reminder of the past and we need to look forward move on start fresh and cocktails of course....

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30 Apr 2013
10:18:22pm
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Nice Blue': orange k, on the right track... but remember I only drink Dr. Pepper...

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30 Apr 2013
10:19:20pm
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Also, I prefer "k" rather than "K". I don't want to get confused for "K" (i.e., Kurt), who is not here (yet).

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01 May 2013
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I will add this to the contestLaughing

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06 May 2013
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Warning..contest ends in less than 10 days.
Why am I offering extra prizes if no one jumps in? No artistic talent? No imagination?
naaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh.
At Wits End Nail Biting Nerd Thinking Yawn
rrr....

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07 May 2013
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OK, how about this one?

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11 May 2013
07:22:22pm
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Some very interesting submissions! Thanks everyone!

Just a reminder, that the submission must be discernible when reduced to avatar size.

I'll let rrr figure out how to award the prize in case one of the winning submissions is a modification/add-on of a previous submission.

I'll be dropping by this thread to check things out!

Thanks again to rrr for thinking up the contest and providing the prizes, and to everyone who has participated so far.

Happy k

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16 May 2013
06:21:10pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

rrr will be out for a month, and has suggested that the deadline for submitting a new avatar for me to use on StampoRama be extended for a month.

While there have been really good submissions, I think it best that we extend it another month so that he will be here for the final judging. That will give all some addition time if you want to submit an entry (multiple entries are allowed).

New deadline is the end of June 15th (midnight using board time).

Thanks again for participating. You can expect rrr's prize to be great!

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cocollectibles
16 May 2013
10:13:32pm
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Okay, it may not be known here, but one of the quirky things about Kim is that he collects selvage (or selvedge). So why not simply:

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Here's the smaller version for the avatar:

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Cheers,
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16 May 2013
10:39:09pm
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I was thinking along the same lines, but I was thinking of creating a plate number single of a penny stamp with a plate number of "KHJ1CENT".

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17 May 2013
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Just for fun while taking a break....Image Not Found
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17 May 2013
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Thank you all for your additional submissions. Good to bump into you again, Grant!

Coco/Michael#####, when you posted about the selvedge yesterday, I happened to be thinking about the same thing. I ran into an orange GB Vicky with a nice orange "K" in the selvage!

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17 May 2013
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Kim, I'll do you a favor and take that pesky Vicky off your hands, so you can have a "Selvage previously stamped" (SPS) item. I know, my thoughtfulness abounds ... (where is that whistling emoticon?).

Cheers,
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17 May 2013
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Unfortunately, it's not mine.

But if I did, considering it's orange and has a K, you'd have to pry it from my cold dead hands... (not that I'm giving you any ideas).

Big Grin k

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From sunny Dublin.. Just a reminder: two more weeks!
Rrr...

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01 Jun 2013
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Borrowing on Kim's find, with a little Photoshopping...
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01 Jun 2013
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"SOR", nice touch!

Big Grin k

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Well Kim...any winner, or are they all rejected?
rrr....

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15 Jun 2013
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Sorry, I've been sick for most of this week. Fortunately, internet cannot transmit germs from my coughing. However, I can only read on my computer a limited amount of time before my eyesight gets blurry again or a headache returns. Also, I will be undergoing a procedure next Tuesday.

Contest is over at midnight tonight (end of June 15), but I need time to get over the headaches and blurred vision to re-examine all the submissions at one time. I will make the decision on Thursday (6/20), as I'm not suppose to make any important decision until 24 hours after the procedure. Big Grin

Are you back in the US already?

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There is a nasty bug out there, so please take care of yourself Kim.
And yes I am back after a 4 week break. Now I need 4 weeks to catch up! I Don't Want To See
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16 Jun 2013
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Welcome back!

I lost my voice again after a speaking engagement yesterday. Found a replacement for today, but I still had to show up -- ended up talking more than my replacement. Lined up a replacement for tomorrow, but I really can't miss tomorrow. Oh well. I guess if I'm fortunate I'll stay sick and the doctor will have to postpone my procedure.

The good news is that my insurance has agreed to replace my hail damaged roof. I know, that's not related at all, but at this point I'll grab at anything.

Time to drive home...

Enjoy your stamps and have a good night, all!




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16 Jun 2013
05:33:08pm
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Kim,
I know this is off topic but get well soon.

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17 Jun 2013
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Thanks, Rich!

I canceled my trip yesterday and the cough suppressant knocked me out for much of the day.

Got to fast for the day in prep for tomorrow, so no cough suppressant today...

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17 Jun 2013
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17 Jun 2013
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17 Jun 2013
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Rolling On The Floor Laughing

Now which is inverted, the K or the frame?

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18 Jun 2013
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Quote:

"Now which is inverted, the K or the frame?"



Neither. It's Ted.

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20 Jun 2013
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Still trying to get rid of this headache (it came back) and coughing.

But I will post the winner before midnight tonight (June 20) as stated earlier.

I really enjoyed all the submissions, and thank you all!

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20 Jun 2013
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Waiting with baited breath Kim. Whew

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21 Jun 2013
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OK, first, thanks to Ralph for the contest idea, sponsoring the prizes, and allowing me to pick the winning avatar (lest I be saddled with a cockroach drinking Dr. Pepper avatar).

Thanks to all for your entries. They were all very good, and it was a difficult choice that I had to go through the pics several times for the final decision.

Here are the winners:

Best "stamp I'll never get" avatar (AGKING)
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Best "warped mind", regardless of avatar submission (youpiao)
also best "steal someone else's submission/idea and modify it" avatar (youpiao)
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Dianne award for best "kitty porn" avatar (tooler) -- I can't believe I still remember that!
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Best "didn't meet any of k's criteria avatar (tooler) -- no penny, no orange, no k; just a stubborn old mule...oh wait... (you smart alec you!)
Best "shows k's true character" avatar (tooler)
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Best "why isn't there Dr. Pepper in my glass" avatar (TheBlueDude) -- not one for jewelry, but love the k collar
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Best "why is there still no Dr. Pepper in my glass" avatar (StampCommune) -- nice touch with the selvedge and 1 penny!
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Best "toss the stamp, keep the selvedge" avatar (cocollectibles)
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Best "initial submission" avatar (rrraphy) -- hey, somebody had to start +2/3 of my initials!
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Best "meet k's criteria and pilfer submissions/ideas" avatar (Poodle_Mum,youpiao) -- I did notice the JH switch to HJ, nice touch!
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And finally... the winner of the "Let's help Kim select a proper avatar contest"
bobby1948!!!

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-- not only did it meet my basic criteria: penny, orange, and "k", but the SOR was a real nice touch! I will probably convert the K to k before uploading it.


Thanks again to all for participating/reading!

Now I just have to figure out how to upload an avatar...

Big Grin k

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21 Jun 2013
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AND it has selvage! Happy

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21 Jun 2013
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Thanks Kim! As to uploading your avatar, go to the Members are and select "Edit" your information/profile, go to the box for "Picture" (this is your avatar) and upload the image. All past and future posts will now feature your selected avatar.

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21 Jun 2013
11:06:54am
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Thanks for the instructions bobby1948. Actually, I did that last night after I finished the post. It still didn't show up as avatar.

OK, now I see. I forgot to toggle the No/Yes for allowing the picture on the discussion board. Just as well. I'll wait until next week, so that it won't spoil the reading for anybody else who hasn't finished reading the thread.

One favor to ask. When it gets shrunk down to avatar size, the "SOR", "ONE", and "PENNY" become unreadable/blurred. Is there any way you can make the white lettering in the circle more white? Thanks!

Also, what program are you using to make these changes?

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21 Jun 2013
12:04:53pm
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OK, I was able to whiten the letters and increase contrast. However, still same problem -- once it gets shrunk down to avatar size, the lettering become unreadable.

Here is before:
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and after it gets shrunk down to avatar size:
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Any ideas or help?

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21 Jun 2013
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Well Kim, this is the best I could do...

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Looks like letters are so small, there may be no chance to make them very legible.

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21 Jun 2013
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Congratulations, Bobby!

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21 Jun 2013
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Just for the record. Nobody can own my suggestion. It has a unique serial number on the fuselage (turn your monitor over to see it )Clown

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21 Jun 2013
02:43:41pm
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Rolling On The Floor Laughing

Sorry, AGKING, I missed that! I see it now!

Now you get the best "secret mark" avatar!

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21 Jun 2013
02:46:27pm
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Thanks for trying, Doug! I really appreciate it.

I guess I will have to perform the taboo -- I'll trim off the bottom part of the selvedge. Maybe that will minimize the amount of reduction the forum software performs.

Alternatively, I could trim off the top 1/4 of the stamp, and thereby keeping the all-important selvedge intact.

Winking

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21 Jun 2013
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Well, here's the avatar trimmed at top, and at bottom. Which looks better?

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Well, it doesn't matter. Again, after uploading and avatar-sizing, the SOR is much better but still hard to recognize.

One more attempt -- I will try to move the k selvedge to the side!

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21 Jun 2013
03:19:42pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Well, it looks like this is the best I can do without actually removing the entire selvedge.

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SOR is still not clear when it get shrunk down to avatar size. Only other option is to remove the selvedge. Crying

Not gonna' happen. No improvement anyway. I guess I could remove the stamp?

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Just one more small cover .....
21 Jun 2013
04:33:21pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

I think it looks great Kim.

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21 Jun 2013
04:42:28pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Just one thing missing!

Looking to the old logo from the 80's, it's the right color...

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So here's another slight adaptation...

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21 Jun 2013
05:35:02pm

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What a great looking avatar kim, although technically you did not pick one winning entry, you improved on a submitted suggestion. So, should I cut the stamp in two pieces and mail you half of the prize? At Wits End
Which brings me to the following 2 points.
1... Ya'all The contest is over, stop submitting new suggestions. Don't Tell Anyone
2... Bobby1984, please IM me or email me your postal address so that I may send your well deserved prize. Thumbs Up
rrr...
rrraphy@aol dot com
thxs k

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21 Jun 2013
05:44:46pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Since I was judging, I disqualified myself. Besides, my modifications were after the entry deadline. So Bobby gets it all. You can still tear it in half before mailing it to him. Winking

Hmmm, not sure why but the lettering in Doug's seems much sharper than mine. Let me see what happens if I upload it and use it.


rrr, I'd probably revise your email to rrraphy at aol dot com, before the harvesters grab it.

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21 Jun 2013
05:48:47pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

OK, I like Doug's modification (does Dr. Pepper have any lawyers?). However, when I tried it as an avatar, the reduction in size made the lettering way too small to read. Oh, well, back to the right side k selvedge.

Thanks again, everybody!

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27 Jun 2013
03:49:38pm

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@bobby1948
Congratulations.
Your well deserved prize is in the mail

Thanks to all who made a suggestion, or two.
rrr.....

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28 Jun 2013
03:31:47pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

k,
like the avatar Kim, nice job Bobby1984.

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28 Jun 2013
04:30:05pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Thanks, Ross!

And thanks again everyone for the submissions/ideas!


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29 Jun 2013
05:21:59pm
re: Let us help Kim select a proper avatar...a Contest

Just check out this little beauty!
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Thanks Ralph and Kim!


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