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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Ladies and Gentlemen, what a contest! After long deliberation, the Archivist of the United States has settled on a winning caption from last week’s photo caption contest. Its author will win eternal fame, fortune, and a 30% discount from the Archives eStore. Congratulations to Marilyn R, who won with the following caption:

Project Runway: The War Effort

So just what were those gents doing with mattresses strapped around their waists? Great question. The original caption to the First World War–era photo, taken in April 1917 by the War Department, reads: “Recruits with their mattresses tied to them to serve as life preservers. Photo taken at Newport Naval Training Station, Rhode Island.” The local identifier is 165-WW-326B(1).

While mattress-clad recruits make a great photo op, there is plenty more of the strange and unusual in our still photo section just waiting for a good caption. So, on to this week’s photo. As a reminder, our expert panel of judges will announce the winner next week, and whoever gets the most giggles will earn 30% off at the Archives eStore, and the gratitude of a nation.

Insert your caption here!

Insert your caption here!

For starters:

“People were upset to discover what Bill meant when he said Prohibition would be a barrel of laughs.”

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Comment from Carl R
Time June 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

Before technology modernized today’s petroleum industry, oil spills were smaller and mostly done by hand.

Comment from Rick B
Time June 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

Curb Your Grog

Comment from Kathy S
Time June 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

BP execs in training

Comment from Marilyn R
Time June 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

(f)Rat party in the sewers tonight!

Comment from Rebecca
Time June 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

All together now boys:
Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun
Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run
Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer
Now’s the time to roll the barrel, for the gang’s all here

Comment from Peter
Time June 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

There’s just nothing funny about prohibition. Ever.

Comment from Gabby
Time June 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

There was some confusion at the onset of the invention of the “kegger” to what exactly the purpose of this activity was. Many years later, it would still receive mixed reviews from the neighbors.

Comment from Katti
Time June 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

“Pouring one for my homies” used to be an activity taken very seriously by the upper-class Protestant community.

Comment from John Garcia
Time June 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm

“Well officer, we find that cleaning the street with beer gives it that ‘healthy glow’.”

Comment from Kathy
Time June 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

The precursor to the keg-stand left one essential element to be desired…

Comment from Georgie
Time June 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Although more extravagent in nature, toasts during the Prohibition never quite had the same effect as in the 1920s…

Comment from KC
Time June 24, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Much to the chagrin of Prohibitionists nation-wide, this midlife crisis practice never quite took hold as much as buying a porche and dating younger women.

Comment from CB
Time June 24, 2010 at 11:53 pm

“Shall we gather at the River…..The beautiful the beautiful river”

Comment from Darren
Time June 25, 2010 at 2:35 am

And thus Urban Dictionary was born, when the friendly gent in the middle referred to this act as ‘Alcohol Abuse’.

Comment from Martin
Time June 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

We found a way to bypass first running the beer through a human

Comment from PennyUp
Time June 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Jim suddenly doubted his banker’s advice about liquidating all his assets.

Comment from Bob S.
Time June 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Keep filling it up boys! Our giant 200 foot tall alien masters will be back soon, and thirsty for a drink from their massive beer glass!

Comment from JBK
Time June 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

As the beer flowed, so did the tears..poor, poor beer…

Comment from Rebecca
Time June 29, 2010 at 6:58 am

After today, let’s start tapping the kegs from the top.