Joseph S. Colello contacted the Notebook recently about an effort to get cartoonist Rollin Kirby, the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize (and who went on to win two more times), on a U.S. Postal Stamp.
“As an octognenarian, I have had a 35-year interest in Pulitzer winner Rolllin Kirby, and hope to live long enough to see him pictured on a U.S. stamp. Kirby’s familly has given me their blessing, [and I’m now] seeking ways to enlist (non-financial) support for my project.”
Colello has started a blog at http://archivedpaper.blogspot.com, that is devoted primarily to attaining a commemorative stamp for Kirby.
In an email, Colello wrote, “Some have received acknowlegement of their petitions. Our focus will be that RK was the FIRST editorial cartoonist to win the Pulitzer.
“Also worth noting: The year 2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of Kirby’s career at the NY World…. and one whose cartoons and essays in magazines influenced politicians to seriously consider women’s right to vote.
“I personally like to think of Rollin Kirby as the 20th century Thomas Nast… I noted in your Portland Convention plans you will be encouraging more public attendance. With luck & my physician’s OK, I will be among the visitors.” Colello lives in Woodinville, Wa.
“Several fellow stamp collectors and friends have contacted the USPO selecting committee at: Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee, c /o Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 1735 North Lynn St., Suite 5013, Arlington, VA 22209-5013”
Those interested in supporting the drive to get Kirby on a stamp can contact Mr. Colello at j.colello (at) comcast.net