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A Horsymoron

November 18, 1990

About the picture of the Pony Express stamp (see photo) in the Book Review of Oct. 21:

As a ranch-born horseman, I am dismayed that our government would commission an artist with so little knowledge of the modus operandi of a running horse to design this stamp.

The horse portrayed on the stamp is running rapidly with its hind legs (note position of the tail), while trotting sedately with the forelegs! I have concluded that the picture constitutes a photographic oxymoron.

FRED T. KING

SEAL BEACH

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