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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

The newest National Archives employee misunderstood President Obama’s statement regarding transparency of Government Records.

The newest National Archives employee misunderstood President Obama’s statement regarding transparency of Government Records.

Congratulations to Marene! Our guest judge Marvin Pinkert, director of the National Archives Experience, felt that your caption best wrapped up the directives of Open Government. Check your email for the code to receive 15% off a purchase at the eStore.

And in the spirit of transparency, we will reveal to you the actual meaning of this bizarre photo: “An Archives staff member shows off the cellulose acetate used for the lamination of documents. (64-NA-464; ARC 3493252)” We hope she had a successful career here at the National Archives–once she was unwrapped, of course.

Our theme of transparency continues in the next photo, which features…well, we’re not sure what it features, but you can see through it. Give us your best caption in the comments below!


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Comment from Alex Wittmann
Time April 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

Caption: “OK, guys! The sail’s ready. But where’s teh boat ?”

Comment from Paul Croteau
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

Either I’m looking at the blueprints wrong or this was designed by a committee.

Comment from LisaLou
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

As the right eyebrow was readied for hoisting, WPA engineers reviewed design details for the giant metal sculpture of FDR being erected in a former wheat field near Tioga, North Dakota.

Comment from Susie Riley
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

“Harold, I still can’t see anything but snow! Either point that contraption in another direction or build it higher, but your pot pie won’t be on the table until I can get ‘Queen for a Day’ on my TV set!

Comment from Tamara Wenham
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

This is a silly design for a hotel. And in the desert too. This will never take off.

Comment from Bruce Oren
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

Federal investigators believe they have discovered the mechanism responsible for a rash of crop circles outside Wichita, Kan.

Comment from Ron Filion
Time April 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

“George, why are they building a futuristic sailboat in the middle of Kansas? They say if you build it, they will come. Who will come? I don’t know. I don’t get it.”

Comment from Brian D. McKinney
Time April 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

Building and testing of a new radar assembly for our naval ships.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Early phase of construction of a large-scale honorary profile sculpture of Bob Hope, constructed by town citizens in anticipation of a rumored stopover by Hope in town before an impending USO tour appearance.

Comment from mino
Time April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’m not laughing about the raining for 40 day and 40 nights thing. I’m just amused you think this will get us through it.

Comment from Holly
Time April 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Psst, Fred. C’mere. I got somethin’ to tell ya. It’s about the drawings… somethin’ don’t add up I tell ya.

Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time April 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

…and a statue of Ronal McDonald goes on top? I think I liked the Golden Arches better!

Comment from Shirley Wajda
Time April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This building bears a distinctive profile. But it was supposed to be Bob Hope, not an Easter Island statue!

Comment from Schris
Time April 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

The New Deal comes to Sidney Nebraska. The community’s new opera house begins to take shape.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time April 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

Well, I still don’t think these are the Kon Tiki plans!

Comment from John Whittemore
Time April 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Just wait until we get it plugged in! It’ll zap every mosquito between here and Omaha!