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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

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

Congratulations to Andrew P, who won the approval of our guest judge Samuel Rushay, senior archivist at the Truman Presidential Library. Your caption gave us much-needed insight into the hearts of political mascots whose vote lies with other party. Check your email for a code to use for 15% in the eStore!

Sam recently appeared in our newest “Inside the Vaults” videos to talk about some unusual sketches that survived a trip through the jungle and eventually were accessioned by the Truman Library.

This photo doesn’t have any mysterious drawings, but our sharp-eyed readers did catch the writing in the corner that tells a little bit of the story of this record from 1952. The description reads: “Photo of Mrs. Nelles Olson Becker of St. Paul, Minnesota, with a donkey, entitled ‘Not for Republican Ears.’ Signed: ‘To President Truman- Best Always- Nelles Olson Becker.’ This photo was published in the St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press.”

In today’s photo, we’ve got another special animal and human moment. Give us your funniest caption in the comments below!

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Comment from Martha
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

“The plane is a snap to fly, but the man? Not so much.”

Comment from Dave
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I told you the helmet was too small

Comment from Martin Prochnik
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The monkey has been trained to push the eject button in case the plane is in trouble.

Comment from Curtis White
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

There’s a monkey on my head, huh? Sure there is… you and your practical jokes!

Comment from Xande Anderer
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

“As the war dragged on, experienced flight instructors became harder and harder to find.”

Comment from Xande Anderer
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

“Pilots preferred to monkey around with their airplanes until they fit their personal tastes.”

Comment from John Matthew Lawlor Jr
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I said “Monkey see, monkey do” not “monkey see, monkey hairdo.”

Comment from Mickey in KC
Time August 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

The first clue that the runway is too close to the jungle.

Comment from John Whittemore
Time August 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

People forget that even chimps had to undergo basic fllight training and prove they had the “right stuff” before they could go into space.

Comment from Scott
Time August 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The final pilot in the catastrophic failure known as the monkey-navigated fighter squadron, last seen flying southeast over the Canary Islands out to sea.

Comment from Amy
Time August 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Before a commercial lice solution was available, treatment of WWII pilots’ involved the prolonged, personal attention of Airman Gizmo.

Comment from Xande Anderer
Time August 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

“Mid-way though his audition for ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Mr.Teeny realized he may have misinterpreted what ‘flying monkey’ meant.”

Comment from Kathy
Time August 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I said flying machine, not flying monkey!

Comment from jan
Time August 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

You see even your officers doesn’t take you serious and that is why they have send me. Ok comedian come on let’s kill some Germans

Comment from Alexis Hill
Time August 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Pilot: Yo, this monkey here is my co-pilot!
Monkey: I’d rather be flying myself instead of sitting up here.

Comment from Cathy Harris
Time August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

“Is your deck is covered from monkeying around?”

Comment from Pam A.
Time August 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Maybe if I put this monkey on my head, people won’t notice that my smile is kind of creepy.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time August 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Going from driving Miss Daisy to flying Miss Daisy will be okay when she starts sitting in back.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time August 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

How do you like my hat? It’s the latest thing…. Monkey Wench!