Friday fun: the Tuscan Lion answer and another conundrum

Tuscan LionTwo weeks ago, we asked:

Why is the Tuscan lion like the British Empire?

This was a tough one! Perhaps it would have helped you to know that The Stamp Collector’s Magazine, from which this conundrum came, was a British publication? The answer, as published in the May 1, 1863 issue:

Because it upholds the crown with dignity; and at the same time holds out a shield to all the world.

The only correct answer back in 1863 came from Ralph, who received a Pony Express stamp for his efforts.

Here’s another conundrum for you, from the October 1, 1863 issue. I think you’ll find this one a little easier! The answer will be posted here next Friday.

Why is a naughty schoolboy like a postage stamp?

Friday fun: an answer, and a new conundrum

Last week, we asked:

Why is the Penny English stamp like a newspaper?

The answer, from the July 1, 1863 Stamp Collector’s Magazine:

Because it was first black printed on white, and then red (read).

No one posted an answer here on the blog, but several people answered when I posted it on Facebook. Marty Mazur’s answer was the closest to that printed in the magazine. Congratulations, Marty!

Now on to this week’s conundrum, which is a bit more difficult, from the April 1, 1863 Stamp Collector’s Magazine:

Why is the Tuscan lion like the British Empire?

Sorry, but we can't offer the prize that the Stamp Collector's Magazine editor did!