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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"It was an ordinary day, just like any other, until one of them started to talk."

Congratulations to John W, who has won 15% off at our eStore! It was a tough choice between Stepford babies, “a head” puns, Hamlet, and Oprah references.  But our guest judge Diane LeBlanc, Regional Adminstrator for NARA’s Northeast Region, thought that your caption captured a curious moment between man and and doll.

Our guest judge is based at our facility in Massachusetts and so is this photograph, taken around 1936–37 at the Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll in Mount Holyoke, MA. A factory worker is setting eyes in “sleeping” dolls. (Two decades later, the company was manufacturing the famous “Tiny Tears” dolls, which could drink, wet their doll diapers, and cry.)

Today’s photograph shouldn’t bring a tear to your eye, unless you are afraid of heights. Or trees. Give us your best caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Rodger Williamson
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

“They don’t grow them like they used too !!!”

Comment from Sarah
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

The graduating class of the U.S. Army Tree Branch Camouflage Certification course.

Comment from Colby Smith
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

I told you, they really DO grow on trees!

Comment from Mickey
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

The synchronized pole dance team plays to a crowd as they practice for the 1920 Olympics.

Comment from Tim
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

OK, hold steady everyone. The picture is coming through pretty clear now.

Comment from Ann
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

There was a time when good men really DID grow on trees.

Comment from jbjacoby
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

“Buy $100 in War Bonds today & receive your very own life-sized Dough Boy Christmas tree ornament–like those seen here*!”

*Sizes and shapes may vary

Comment from Marie Arter
Time June 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

The dedication of the Memorial Trees, which were sculpted to honor the memory of those who had pioneered the Service, makes a fitting scene for this years class photo.

Comment from Meaghan
Time June 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Like the Mounties, we always get our man … up a tree.

Comment from Mickey
Time June 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

“Look, Ma – no hands!”

Comment from Traci
Time June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

The Army wishes to telegraph its interest in special forces line tapping. Climb on board for the newest specialty!

Comment from Jen
Time June 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

“The new production of Pirates of Penzance was shaping up nicely. If only they could afford an actual ship.”

Comment from Robert Gibbons
Time June 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Look at what I can do? I can fly

Comment from Richard
Time June 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

“Uncle Sam Needs You” they don’t grow on trees y’know.

Comment from Jen
Time June 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Local fire department trains for feline rescue.

Comment from Ray Snyder
Time June 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

The graduating class of the short lived Passenger Pidgeon Message Interception Corps.

Comment from John Whittemore
Time June 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Until the airplanes and parachutes arrived, America’s first airborne division just had to make do during training.

Comment from Pat Wojciechouski
Time June 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Cirque du Soleil – The Early Years

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am

Off we go into the wild blue yonder…. The first airforce class waiting and looking for their planes

Comment from M. Harvey
Time June 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

In 1918, the United States Army entered into a new phase of plant protection.

Comment from Amber Jackson
Time June 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Training for the Lumberjack World Championships was not what I expected.

Comment from Marene Baker
Time June 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Now everybody sing “Y.M.C.A”!