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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Hortence was delighted that the sculptor had captured her and Arnold on their honeymoon so exactly.

We were amused by all your suggestions of light-fingered artists and wild wedding cake toppers, but we were most impressed that several of our captioners knew who the artist was—and what that outrageous piece of silver was!

In the end, we picked up our editorial trident and poked Darren Cole to make him pick a winner. Darren is one of the managers of Today’s Document, a Tumblr blog that brings you a piece of the National Archives every day, whether serious or silly.

Congratulations to Julie! Check your e-mail for a 15% discount in the eStore.

Judge Darren was the one who suggested the picture—and he thought the funniest thing about it was the original caption: “Matronly visitor to the National Gallery Washington, DC, scrutinizing Benvenuto Cellini’s ‘Salt Cellar’ on temporary exhibit, ca. 1947″ (ARC 541887).

This week’s photograph features a “matronly” lady, but no tridents! Give us your best caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Douglas
Time October 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Prohibition couldn’t keep Mrs Molotov down. She created a new Cocktail she was certain would be a big Blast at the Party this Week End.

Comment from s. erwin
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

is 103 knots enough to hold these little bottles together?

Comment from Jean West
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Sick and tired of the eternal cycle of sterilizing jars, bottling bread and butter pickles, and then having to do it all over again next season, Granny Molotov perfects a different recipe.

Comment from Jeff W
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Ella Mae works hard on uneven bars for the Flea Circus.

Comment from Steven Lassoff
Time October 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Early Crack production was cumbersome and much improvement was needed.

Comment from lara E
Time October 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Everyone said she would never make it to wash tie girl, but Ethel was livin’ the dream.

Comment from Amy
Time October 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Unfortunately, Ellie Mae’s design for a six-pack of moonshine didn’t take off.

Comment from lara E
Time October 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Mildred was just biding her time until she could get home to her tin foil and straw.

Comment from Jeff
Time October 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Frances never understood the appeal of “tying one on”, though it didn’t deter her from trying.

Comment from C in DC
Time October 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

A factory worker demonstrates the production of the patented monthly pill organizer.

Comment from alisa
Time October 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Millie loved craft projects like putting faces on walnuts, making potholders out of old stockings, and her favorite, tying jars together with string.

Comment from lara E
Time October 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

With her work before her, Mildred was glad she had chosen the extra large incontinence pad that morning.

Comment from Roxanne
Time October 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Clara found that singing this old song helped her concentrate on the job: “99 bottles for spice in the crate, 99 bottles for spice…If one of those bottles should happen to break, 98 bottles for spice in the crate…”

Comment from Mickey
Time October 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Faye looked forward to the new artistry division of the Missouri State Fair. She was sure her Spun Glass entries would sweep the competition.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time October 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

“This will show that rascal grandson of mine! If he tries to steal one bottle, he’ll steal them all…”

Comment from Ryan Tickle
Time October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Innovative as a wedding planner, Mary Ellen McKinna’s idea of tying glass bottles to the bumpers of newlyweds’ cars became much more practical with the invention of plastic a year later.

Comment from Towner
Time October 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Mae Evelyn had loved the National Gallery exhibition, but still preferred her own salt cellars over Benvenuto Cellini’s.

Comment from harry
Time October 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

lizzy smiles wickedly knowing: these recycled urine sample bottles have been thru the autoclave and are off to be filled with some tasty treats thanks to the new 1931 trade agreement. they say, the new big brother office of the “fda” will put a stop to this…ha,ha

Comment from Towner
Time October 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

People laughed at Mrs. McGillicuddy, but future generations realized she had founded a billion-dollar industry in bottled water.

Comment from Mickey
Time October 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

Although hampered by a life-long severe lack of confidence, Ethel felt she was finally ready to take the test for the knot-tying merit badge.