Give your stamp of approval to the 2012 Pun-Off T-shirt design!! Artist Quinn Argall played off the new US postal stamp design that commemorates the 150th anniversary of O. Henry’s birthday on September 11, 2012. He replaced the urban NYC city skyline of the official stamp with Austin’s marked by the Texas capitol and UT Tower. The image of young O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) with handle bar mustache is based upon an 1880’s photo when he lived in Austin.
Russia issued a commemorative stamp in 1962 for the 100th anniversary apparently because every child read his stories in school. The shield echos the highway signs for IH-35, the major expressway through Austin’s center.
Sale of souvenir t-shirts benefits O. Henry Museum special programs.