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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

waiting for maureen

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

We’re excited to pass the winning torch to our reader  Michael P., whose caption met the high standard of our guest judge, National Archives editrix Maureen MacDonald.  

Congratulations, Michael P! You can use your 30% discount at the Archives eStore to buy something to read by lantern light.

The actual caption on the photo in the Kennedy Library is “Garnett D. Horner, reporter for the Washington Star and the out-going president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, presents two silver lanterns to President John F. Kennedy at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. The lanterns are replicas of the lanterns hung in the Old North Church of Boston on April 18 ,1775.” (Kennedy Library, photo by Abbie Rowe, AR6378-M)

Maureen, a Bay State native herself, gave Curtis P’s caption an honorable mention: “Now, Mr. President. I know you’re from Massachusetts, but I’m sure it’s ‘One if by land, two if by sea.’”

What’s the signal for bad weather in Massachusetts—and across the United States? Some of you are buried in snow, but these two ladies are ready for summer! Well, they’re ready for something. . . tell us what in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Meaghan
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

Having stolen new threads from the cleaners, the trouble-making duo thought, “No one can possibly recognize us now.”

Comment from Laura Boxer
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

OMG Here come Stacey and Clinton from “What Not to Wear.”

Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

Do you think they mistook us for Thelma and Louise?

Comment from Cecelia Dillon
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

Fashion statements come in all shapes and sizes!

Comment from Kerri Shawn McIntire
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

“No, Gladys, I don’t know what “martinizing” is, but it won’t play in Peoria!”

Comment from Maria
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

“Will you look at those girls in those short skirts Myrtle? Girls these days have no shame! I am so glad we have good fashion sense!”

Comment from gboesky
Time February 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

Are you sure Senator McCarthy said we should meet here to clean those commies outta government?

Comment from Susan Jones
Time February 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

OMG! They ruined our bridesmaid dresses!

Comment from Tara McLoughlin
Time February 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

Betty and Bertha prepare for a rumble with the fashion police after brazenly defying the no-white-shoes-after-Labor-Day rule.

Comment from Linda Smith
Time February 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

No more dry cleaners for me Marge, just call me the “Princess of Polyester”.

Comment from Scott Harvey
Time February 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Unlike Milton Bearle , we make this look good.

Comment from Sylvia
Time February 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

“I’m Santino Rice…and I’m Austin Scarlet”

Comment from Lee Perez
Time February 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hey! Do you think it’s time to go back to the cafeteria now?

Comment from Bryan Gibb
Time February 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

In Pulp Fiction II, the cleaner role played by Harvey Keitel in the first movie is reprised by two menacing ladies, Rhonda Elbschwatz and Estelle Demartini….

Comment from Rita Lynch
Time February 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I thought they said this was a good place to pick up men.

Comment from Jason Clingerman
Time February 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

“Welcome Balmer, hon!”

Comment from Richard
Time February 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Why are they staring? I told you, no white shoes after Labor Day!

Comment from Marene Baker
Time February 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Then, to add insult to injury, he backed over me as well!

Comment from Dave Miller
Time February 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

On stateout, on the streets of Honolulu, Danno asks McGarrett, “Does this dress make me look heavy?”

Comment from Brenda McElyea
Time February 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Uh oh, I didn’t realize they meant formal when they said the State Dinner was to be Black and White!

Comment from Peggy Ann Brown
Time February 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Extras from Polyester — or any John Waters movie! — wait for their brief but memorable walk-ons.

Comment from Elaine Schenot
Time February 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Agnes, aren’t those guys our dates? Why are they backing away?

Comment from Rick Martinez
Time February 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

In an extremely awkward time-traveling accident, the Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton of 2050 find themselves transported to 1950. “Great Scott, Marty!”

Comment from Rebecca
Time February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

The truly fashionable are beyond fashion. – Cecil Beaton

Comment from jean smidt
Time February 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Now where did I put the car keys?