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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Rosemary Clooney will star in a remake of the famed “Men who stare at Goats” titled “Women who stare at tables.”

Rosemary Clooney will star in a remake of the famed “Men who stare at Goats” titled “Women who stare at tables.”

The results are in! Our guest judge Tim Walch, director of the Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa, decided that Shannon’s caption takes the prize. “This a wonderful, unexpected, quirky caption-and a great plug for a funny film. Also, we don’t think about Rosemary Clooney enough these days!” he said.

Congratulations, Shannon, you’ve won 30% off at the National Archives eStore! While you won this week’s photo caption contest, this photo’s real caption may take the cake as the longest caption in our holdings. It reads:

Shelby County, Iowa. Informal get-togethers are still very popular in Irwin. Shown here is a group of people playing “Truth and Consequences” at a party given for a boy who is about to be drafted. All the questions used were Biblical. This room is in the basement of the Christian church. The party was preceded by a short prayer, hymn-singing and recitation in the auditorium upstairs. Penalties for those who failed to answer questions correctly were meted out by the minister’s wife. Here, a girl is pushing a bottle top down the table with her nose. All such penalties were answered in good part. A group of ladies took charge of the refreshment quarters. Most of the guests brought something, so that the supply was large and enormously varied. Attendance at the party was excellent. With the roads in fair condition, the families were able to come in even from rather distant farms.

Whew! That photo comes from the Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. This next one comes from a military blooper, or so it would seem. Good luck! Remember, a winning caption will get you 30% off a purchase at our eStore!

For starters:  The origins of  “Da Bomb” trace back to a 1950s military experiment.


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Comment from Rebecca Warlow
Time October 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

One marine to the other, “I don’t know what was in that shot you fired but give me a high five.”

Comment from John
Time October 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

An early ad photo for Army Deodorant. The soldier on the left is the stinky BEFORE applying guy. The one on the right is the fragrant AFTER applying guy.

Comment from Linda Wilky
Time October 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

Before cloud seeding, there was cloud shaping.

Comment from Diane Brenner
Time October 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

“See, if you pat it just right, it will look like a cream puff!”

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Show pride in your work when planning for the aftereffects of explosive devices by doing everything possible to ensure cloud symmetry and neatness.

Comment from Suzanne Silk Strickland
Time October 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Oh what a cute little pink bunny rabbit. Just what I always wanted, my own little bunny rabbit. I will name him George. And I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him!

Comment from David
Time October 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm


Comment from Erika
Time October 9, 2010 at 12:55 am

“It’s getting away! Don’t let it get away!” cried Sgt. Planter as the laughing gas escaped from a military lab nearby.