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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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

Jan Wilson, it’s been a long wait, but you can now claim the honor of being our last captioner of 2010 and our first declared winner of 2011. President Truman was a practical (and frugal) guy, so why wouldn’t he be able to step up and give tips on Christmas tree gadgetry?

As far as we know, though, on the occasion on which this picture was taken, the lights on the National Christmas Tree went on just as planned. This picture from from the Harry Truman Library is dated December 24, 1945—it’s interesting that the lighting took place so late in the season.

For this new contest, we turn to another President. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration this month, we resume the Thursday photo caption contest with a picture from the John F. Kennedy Library.


Insert your caption!

So now that we all have had time to recover from the holidays, get those brain cells working and give us your best so we can give you 30% off at the National Archives eStore. Start captioning right now in the comments section.

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Comment from Carl Keith Greene
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My light’s brighter than your light.

Comment from Tim
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m sorry, John, this doesn’t make you part of the Green Lantern Corps.

Comment from Reid Joyce
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Here, Jack, take my lantern. You’ll never find an honest man with this lantern that’s missing its candle.

Comment from Janis Comstock-Jones
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

“And, as Jack is showing us, if you order now, you’ll get a second one for just postage and handling!”

Comment from Curtis Picard
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

“Now, Mr. President. I know you’re from Massachusetts, but I’m sure it’s ‘One if by land, two if by sea.’”

Comment from Shepherd Johnson
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

JFK masters the square bongo

Comment from Lynn Ansfield
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

You’ve got it, Mr. President. It’s one if by sea and two if by land

Comment from Traci
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

You can be the first of the THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT! Look it is even safe! Safety glass!

Comment from Marc
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

It’s a candle John. Really, if you’re going to be president, you must know these things!

Comment from Tim
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

John, I’m afraid my Shadow Monster thinks you’ll use that lantern against him.

Comment from Victoria S. Abernathy
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

One if by land, two if by sea. Er ah, just make sura they avoid Cape Cod. We nevah got around to installing items for a permanent solution there.

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Comment from Teresa
Time January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You walk slowly in FRONT of the car and I’ll walk slowly BEHIND it and they’ll be able to see where they are going.

Comment from Laura
Time January 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Careful! The Martians will fall out.

Comment from Sarah
Time January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Mr. President, I believe your firefly escaped.

Comment from jim
Time January 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

swing your lamp and you’ve passed the brakeman test

Comment from Jon
Time January 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

No Mr President, it’s a candle, you have to light it with a match

Comment from cheryl
Time January 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Jack–How did you get your hand stuck in there? You’re supposed to put two fingers in like this!

Comment from George
Time January 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I can’t figure how it works either.

Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time January 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

Are you sure this is all the equipment the troops invading Cuba will need?

Comment from Tammy Gepfer
Time January 28, 2011 at 12:26 am

Well yes we do plan to get there first. And yes you’re right it is dark in space.

Comment from Weez
Time January 28, 2011 at 2:47 am

Amish headlights Mr. President.

Comment from Michael Pacholek
Time January 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

No, no, I said the torch has been passed, not the lantern. And Bobby said people would remember my speech 50 years from now…

Comment from Jason Clingerman
Time January 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Caption: “Come on baby, light my fire.”