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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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

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

It’s time to “spill” the beans on who won last week’s contest. While we had more fun than a “barrel” of monkeys reading through your comments, settling on a winner was a “sobering” task. We loved Gabby’s “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,” and any reference to a 200-foot-tall space alien master (Bob S.) we enjoy, but ultimately it was Rebecca who took the cake (and 30% eStore discount!). Her comment is below the image at left.

As most of you guessed, this photo was from Prohibition, 1931 to be precise. The original caption reads “Los Angeles authorities emptying barrels of rum, 1931.” Two years later, in 1933, the 21st Amendment would end Prohibition, becoming the only amendment to repeal a previous one (so far).

While Prohibition may be over, our arsenal of strange is still plenty full here at the Archives. This week we’ve pulled out a particularly peculiar picture for pontification, so stretch out that funny bone and submit your comments! You never know who will be guest judging!

Insert your caption here

Insert your caption here

Here’s something to get you started:

“Originally made of ‘thirteen stripes alternating red and white,’ the Star Spangled Suit was later replaced by a flag of similar description.”

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Comments

Comment from Keith Ramsey
Time July 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

Gerald’s ideas about postmodern camouflage systems were not well received,

Comment from Martin
Time July 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

Does this make me look fat?

Comment from Doug Polgardy
Time July 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

Though every attempt was made to recruit new members, the new “Modern Klan” outfits just didn’t do the trick…

Comment from Bull
Time July 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

Step three: PROFIT!

Comment from Michelle Farnsworth
Time July 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

The firing squad thought that this would alleviate some of the seriousness of what they were about to do.

Comment from Nick
Time July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

Bob debated on whether or not to wear his striped gloves for this shot, but decided it would just be too bizarre.

Comment from Bk
Time July 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

The Fruit Stripes mascot motioned for his other friends to stay back for safety.

Comment from Judy
Time July 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

During the expansion of the highway system in the United States, it was deemed necessary to create a better way to direct traffic around construction sites, hence, the orange pylon.

Comment from Brant
Time July 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

Unfortunately for Lt. Henri Blanc , his buddies subsituted his camoflauge uniform. While they thought it was hilarious, his widow did not.

Comment from Erin O’Malley
Time July 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

“Bob we can see you. Your camouflage suit only works if you’re standing in front of a flag”

Comment from Bob Angelnuts
Time July 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

And I Told About Equality
An It’s True
Either You’re Wrong
Or You’re Right

But, If
You’re Thinkin’
About My Baby
It Don’t Matter If You’re
Black Or White

Comment from Janet Falkenstein
Time July 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

“Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Guaranteed ticket on the express train out of here!”

Comment from Kathryn Kelly
Time July 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

New zebra crossing camouflage!

Comment from Bim
Time July 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hello!?! I’m not a zebra and neither am I Anubis in disguise.

Comment from Gary
Time July 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

From out of the wasteland comes a hearty “See the hair on the back of my hand?!” – the mysterious Striped Marauder strikes again!

Comment from rcrotty
Time July 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

UPDATE: The man, the myth, the Assistant Archivist for Regional Records Services Tom Mills is our guest judge this week for the photo caption contest! Happy captioning everyone!

Comment from Lisa B
Time July 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

In an effort to compete with Marvel Comics, the U.S. Government unveils its first superhero — StripeMaster.

Comment from Linda Wilky
Time July 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

After numerous zebra/jeep collisions on the African savannah, National Geographic officials determined that the only solution was mandatory traffic school for zebras.

Comment from Rebecca
Time July 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

The original model for Transformers

Comment from Jule
Time July 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Some circus sideshow attractions seemed more convincing before Prohibition.

Comment from Catherine H
Time July 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm

After numerous rejections from local restaraunts, mainly the Molten Rock, owls found a new, better, disguise

Comment from Fran
Time July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Picasso’s Prisoner

Comment from Rebecca
Time July 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

John thought if he wore this outfit no one would notice the large hole he made in the wall behind him.

Comment from Carl Keith Greene
Time July 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

It may be ugly and not be mine, but it can’t be mine and not be ugly.

Comment from Marguerita Ludwig
Time July 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Beam me up Scottie!