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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Introducing the iPole

Introducing the iPole

Carolyn Grey, you hit our funny bone hardest last week, when you added a snappy caption to a Civil War telegraph snipper. While we’re not sure whether Apple will be rolling out the iPole anytime soon (though ostensibly it would have fewer ‘dropped’ calls than the iPhone, har har).

The real story behind this photo has everything to do with dropped calls. “Cutting telegraph wire and connecting the ends, so that the point at which the connection is broken cannot be seen from the ground.” Yes, the Civil War saw the advent of the telegraph, and the advent of the telegraph saw new ways to spy and disrupt communications.

But enough of the drab war-talk. It’s the holiday season, and this is the last photo caption contest of 2010. So, sharpen your pencils and your wit to come up with the funniest caption you can. We’ll give the winner 30% off at the National Archives eStore.

For all those who have played across 2010 and for all those who have made Pieces of History such a success, thank you and Happy Holidays!

Insert your caption!

Insert your caption!

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Comment from Jean West
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

Did we just nuke Moscow instead of lighting up the tree?

Comment from Nick Fry
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

While many people remember Harry Truman for his skill as a piano player, only a select few knew of his skills as an electrician. In this photo the President is shown fixing the 1949 National Christmas Tree. The tree had one string of lights out when the lighting ceremony was completed. The President had all lights on in 15 minutes. He then offered to repair Secretary of State Acheson’s toaster which had been on the fritz for weeks.

Comment from Brian D. McKinney
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

And this is my wife. And this is my dog. And this is my cousins …………

Comment from Tom White
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

They call me The Prez

Comment from Jan Wilson
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

No, see right here, the lights should stay on even if one bulb goes out. They can also play Jingle Bells.

Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

This wallet contains next year’s Defense Department’s budget….sorry about that.

Comment from Mary H.
Time December 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

And here’s me with Winnie, Chuck de Gaulle and Mao Mao in the hottub after a great State dinner.

Comment from Ed Engel
Time December 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

OK, but this is the last damn “Man of the Year” cover I’m signing, Patterson.

Comment from Pat Ehrenreich
Time December 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

The electricity stops here!

Comment from Jennifer M Day
Time December 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Can you break a $100? The pizza delivery guy is finally here.

Comment from Matt Basinger
Time December 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Autograph? Sure, MacArthur. (I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt me…..)

Comment from Debbie Hooper
Time December 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Yes, officer. I have that ID right here.

Comment from John Garcia
Time December 17, 2010 at 12:09 am

“Well my goodness, you really are Harry Truman! Ok, you can go, but try to keep it under 35, alright?”

Comment from pj
Time December 17, 2010 at 12:56 am

truman’s plan b to fixing corruption in his cabinet and all of his foreign affairs button, pressing the staples easy button

Comment from Bob H.
Time December 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

I wonder why this gift from General MacArthur is ticking?

Comment from Deborah Andrew
Time December 18, 2010 at 12:15 am

If you all would turn to page 58 in your hymnal and join the choir in singing Oh, Holy Night…

Comment from Nancy Perkins
Time December 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I can’t see the power button, can you?

Comment from Shelly
Time December 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Mr. President, are you sure it’s THAT button?!

Comment from Rebecca
Time December 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

How many Presidents does it take to light a tree?

Comment from Lee Joyce
Time January 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

It’s not for me sir, it’s uh, er, for my granddaughter……………..