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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

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

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

Although we were greatly amused by the suggestions of dam building, weather predictions, and rodent chili recipes, we eventually decided on Amy’s caption, which  combined the history of the Cilivian Conservation Corps with the Depression and managed to be funny!

Amy, check your email for your code for 15% off in our eStore!

So…are these Rodents of Unusual Size, groundhogs, or guinea pigs? Actually, they’re beavers. The tail of the beaver on the far left is being held up by a man wearing gloves. The caption for this photo reads: “Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho, Salmon National Forest: Camp F-167, ‘CCC boys… ready to transplant Beaver from a ranch location where they were damaging crops to a Forest watershed location where they will help to conserve the water supply…’, ca. 1938.”

(Our own Archivist of the United States just blogged about his start at MIT, a school whose mascot is the beaver: “Nature’s Engineer”!)

There are no animals in this week’s photo…but something strange seems to be in the air. Tell us what’s going on in the comments below!

Your caption here!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time April 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

Billy, stop pretending to bring to bring books back. I know you’re obsessed with me but our relationship has to stop.

Comment from Marie Arter
Time April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Come on, Ma ! Your genealogy research can wait until all our chores are done !

Comment from Barb M.
Time April 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

Joe Bob, you know those are textbooks. You have to keep them until the end of the school year!

Comment from Theresa
Time April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

May I help you with that Dewey Decimal ma’am?

Comment from James
Time April 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

Silence of the lambs c.1952: “why…hello Clarice!”

Comment from Tim Ware
Time April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

Ma! Can you quit reading our families history and come fix me come blueberry pancakes?

Comment from LisaLou
Time April 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

In another instance of domestic entrepreneurship, Myrtle Swendersen has converted the family farm shed into a local lending library.

Comment from Eric L Broomfield
Time April 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

The Trump people are here to research Obama.

Comment from Steve
Time April 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Uh … Miss Abigail, would you come to the hoedown with me next Saturday?

Comment from Elaine Schenot
Time April 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

“It’s been 27 years, Jimmy. Just finish the darn term paper so I can give you your diploma.”

Comment from Molly Swoboda
Time April 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

“Pardon, Miss Grier, but there’s a fellow out here wants to talk to you. Said he came all the way from the Amazon!”

Comment from JoeM
Time April 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Did someone call for a plumber?

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time April 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I ain’t coming in unless I can pay my fines with frying chickens.

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Comment from Kat
Time April 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

Can’t you just Google it?

Comment from Sandy
Time April 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Quick! Dealing with Zombies — where would that be filed?

Comment from Marene Baker
Time April 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

A little known fact that before he owned a hotel Norman Bates and his mother operated the local public library. Things did not go well…