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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

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

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

Congratulations to Holly! Our guest judge was archivist Joan Gearin, who thought your caption did add up. Check your email for your discount code to the eStore.

(We should note that Joan is the author of the most popular Prologue article ever written. Every time The Sound of Music is aired on television, “The Real Story of the Von Trapp Family” gets hundreds of hits.)

Joan is also an archivist for the National Archives in Boston, whose Facebook page explains this mysterious image.  “Did you know that during World War II Harvard University contracted with the US government to work on radar countermeasures? This image is of an antenna being tested ca. 1943. The National Archives at Boston holds the records of the Harvard Radio Labs documenting Harvard’s work on radar countermeasures, sonar, and other research on psycho-acoustics, electro-acoustics, and optics. RG 227 Records of the Office of Research and Development.”

There’s no antenna in this week’s photo. Whatever is going on is more…low-tech. Tell us what you think is happening in the comments below!

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Comments

Comment from Debbie Hooper
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’ve got an idea. Let’s see if they can see their shadows.

Comment from Charlene Wallace
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

Now, the count of three.. you let yours go first.

Comment from Robert Welch
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

The first attempt at building Boulder Dam didn’t go so well.

Comment from Jenny
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

Punxsutawney Phil Tryouts.

Comment from Joanie Gearin
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’ve always wanted to know how much wood CAN a woodchuck chuck under competitive conditions?

Comment from Linda Wilky
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Groundhogs gathered from across the nation to interview for the coveted position and honorary title, “Punxsatawny Phil”.

Comment from Burble
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Sam just knew he could turn his fortune around with Chester, his giant racing guinea pig.

Comment from Mary Beth Devine
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Aw, Ma…..Can we keep them?

Comment from Claudia Nicholson
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

From the “Woodchuck Owner’s Handbook”: Make sure your woodchuck gets plenty of exercise by walking it daily. And because they are social animals, walking it with a group is better for it’s psyche.

Comment from Kim Richards
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

Unable to gather enough dogs, the search party set out with their trusty groundhogs.

Comment from Bruce Oren
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

But Harlan knew something about these overfed rodents that his buddies wouldn’t imagine in their worst nightmares.

Comment from Bryan
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

Sled dogs? In Pennsylvania we don’t need no stinkin’ sled dogs…

Comment from Traci
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

In the true spirit of hard work, the CCC rounded up as many beavers as possible. Not wanting any competition with their efforts in the woods, the CCC packed them up after a photo op and sent them off to Caltech and MIT, c.o.d.

Comment from Michael
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Bienniel gathering of The Chuck Wood club.

Comment from Doug Wiseman
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

With Indians having stolen and run off their horses and oxen, the leaders of the wagon train had to improvise.

Comment from Paul Hamilton
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

The United States Weather Service was a pioneer in the use of multiple groundhogs for statistically-valid forecasts.

Comment from Nancy Fortna
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

February 2nd – Going for a second opinion.

Comment from Dave
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

Just before the Great Groundhog Chili Cook-off began, these WPA rodent wranglers stopped for a photograph, and realizing that there was no cumin anywhere to be found, a quick round of recipe corrections followed.

Comment from Marene Baker
Time April 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

After finding the groundhogs in the stack, NARA realized it was time to roll out an Integrated Pest Management plan.

Comment from Rick Martinez
Time April 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Given the “Alphabet-Soup” nature of New Deal era program names, it’s not at all surprising that the term “R.O.U.S.’s” (rodents of unusual size) first came to be used in the early days of the Boulder Canyon Project.

Comment from Amy
Time April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Unfortunately for the CCC, groundhog races did little to boost the economy.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time April 15, 2011 at 1:06 am

Tryouts for mascot of the Punxsutawney tram. Go Groundhogs Go DIG..DIG..DIG

Comment from Corissa funk
Time April 15, 2011 at 2:54 am

Typical men! Sitting around comparing the size of their groundhog to the next guys! SHEESH…

Comment from joe m
Time April 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Margaret Sangar and Alice Paul develop gene splicing during the depression ; to answer the riddle: What do you get when you combine a man and a groundhog? Someone who will go out of their house on holidays.