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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"The regiment guarding Fort Tucson did not see much action during the Civil War, but the picnicking was excellent."

I am excited to introduce this week’s guest judge, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, who is working on several projects as our Wikipedian-in-Residence this summer. Surprised that we support Wikipedia? Well, it turns out that the Archivist is a big fan of the web site and its work!

Congratulations to Andrew P! Check your e-mail for 15% off in our eStore. Our guest judge chose your caption with the same confidence that he uses when wading into the thorny thicket of editing Wikipedia entries. And although he could only choose one winner among the cacti, Dominic noted that Robert and Pam deserve an honorable mention!

The folks bravely picnicking in the heat while wearing jackets, long pants, and high-necked dresses deserve an honorable mention as well. The original caption reads: “Officers and guests lunch under giant cactus near Fort Thomas, Arizona,” February 18, 1886. The photograph can be found in our holdings at National Archives at College Park as part of the records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, or on ARC with the ARC Identifier 530881.

This week’s photo is less prickly and more (possibly) kicky! Give us your best caption in the comments below.

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Comment from Phillip Bobrowski
Time July 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

ARCHIBALD! You get out of that ridculous Donkey costume this instant! The Democrats already have a mascot!

Comment from Mickey
Time July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

The confident children always let Grandma Ardis play “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” even though she refused to wear a blindfold.

Comment from Elias Guetaneh
Time July 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The Donkey Whisperer!

Comment from Andrew Penta
Time July 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Donkey: “I don’t even care if I am the official Democratic Party mascot – seriously, I LIKE IKE!”

Comment from Mickey
Time July 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The Missouri woman, a nineteen forty-niner, told the mule, “Show Me the gold!”

Comment from mary love
Time July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

ok now, this is just between you and me !

Comment from Lisa Gorrell
Time July 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I won’t tell, if you won’t tell.

Comment from Towner B
Time July 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Ms. Bectel never admitted telling the donkey, “Smile! I’m sending this photo to the biggest ass in the country.”

Comment from Towner B
Time July 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

President Truman wondered which was Ms. Bectel’s most enduring peculiarity: her pet donkey, or the the bowling ball in her purse.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time July 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

“I get a kick out of it when she talks in my ear about sowing my oats.”

Comment from Taylor Gibb
Time July 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Unfortunately, history skims over the importance of Marge the “Donkey Whisperer”, known as a savior to pioneers everywhere.

Comment from Towner B
Time July 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

“Um, either you’ve got the wrong studio, or I think you’ve been miscast. We’re filming *Driving* Miss Daisy.”

Comment from Anne Gometz
Time July 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

All dressed up and the burro won’t go.

Comment from Pam A.
Time July 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

“Oh Donkey, my grandkids laughed and said I had imagined you, but I know you’re real.”

Comment from Ryan Tickle
Time July 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

After a few last-second stitches, Irene knew that Edward’s Halloween costume this year was a sure winner!

Comment from Laurie Waite
Time July 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Eloise demonstrates how she instructs her donkey to deliver parcels.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time July 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Bectel’s burro, coincidentally named “Bess”, won a special place in the President’s heart after bravely stopping the buck in the 1946 Annual Hot Springs Rodeo.

Comment from Towner B
Time July 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Known for her failing eyesight, Ms. Bectel did not immediately realize during President Truman’s campaign stop that he had stepped away, and now she was talking to an entirely different Democrat.

Comment from Roxanne
Time July 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

Aunt Marge knew that there was nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned burro ride to lighten the mood in Congress, so that they all could get past that stalemate and finally compromise.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time July 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

Now don’t you dare bray when Harry sits down to play!