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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

John felt war was no excuse to abandon his strict skin-care regime.

John felt war was no excuse to abandon his strict skin-care regime.

Call him John. Call him Mr. Poppins. But do not call him neglectful of his strict skin-care regime. Or so says this week’s winner, Janis!

So what was the story with our parasoled paratrooper? This photo is from the Records of the United States Coast Guard (RG 26) and was taken about 1943. But despite our best efforts, we’ve found no explanation as to what the heck our fair-skinned friend is doing. Maybe he lost at whatever game is being played behind him. Or maybe he really did just have a strict skin-care regime. Until we hear differently, we’ve filed this photo away with some of history’s other great mysteries like the lost colony of Roanoke, the Loch Ness monster, and the global success of Chia Pets.

This week, we’re taking a jaunt out west thanks to the folks at the National Archives at Riverside, California. You may recognize this image from the cover of one of our newest publications, Your Land, Our Land, which highlights the treasures at our regional archives.  The book is on sale at the National Archives e-Store, and if you win this week’s contest, you can put that 30% discount toward an autographed copy!

Fittingly, it’s our very own David Drake, Regional Administrator for the National Archives Pacific Region, who has accepted the glorious burden of judging this week’s photo contest.  So if you’re in California, drop by his office, tell him he’s looking particularly nice today, or buy him a nice latte, then casually mention that you’ve submitted a caption for this week’s contest.

Happy captioning!

Insert your caption!

Insert your caption!

Here’s one to get you started:

A river runs through it.

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Comment from Deborah Andrew
Time July 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

While the aqua-car wasn’t perfect, the inventors knew they were headed in the right direction.

Comment from Wendy Gish
Time July 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

Thinking it was only a myth, the kids were surprised to find the world did actually end at the edge of town.

Comment from Michelle Farnsworth
Time July 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

The dealer said it was a Crossover vehicle, so I naturally assumed that it could “cross over” this sinkhole!

Comment from Joanie Gearin
Time July 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

“Just keep smiling and looking cool, and maybe no one will notice that I left the hose running.”

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time July 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

They were nevertheless proud of young Evel pursuing his dreams…

Comment from Ruth St.Marie
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

“It’s just a little puddle” she says. “You can go right through it” she says.

Comment from Ellie
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

It isn’t quite like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, but for a photoshoot it would have to do.

Comment from Lori
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

Henry swore that the Model A’s brakes were a vast improvement over the Model T, so I took him at his word!

Comment from C BWright
Time July 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

So, what time are the CCC camp workers going to be here?

Comment from Marilyn
Time July 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Prototype Toyota test run.

Comment from Chase Conway
Time July 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Dad is going to kill you.

Comment from Laura Boxer
Time July 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm

The horseless carriage looked thirsty, so we stopped to give it a drink.

Comment from Darren
Time July 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The climax to the ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ prequel wasn’t nearly as dramatic

Comment from Joanne Silva
Time July 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

A bridge too far…

Comment from Jim Chatham
Time July 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

You may:

1. Attempt to ford the river
2. Caulk wagon and float it across
3. Wait to see if conditions improve

What is your choice? 1

Comment from Debra
Time July 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Early GPS devices were not always accurate.

Comment from Robert
Time July 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

A day at the submarine races.

Comment from Rick B
Time July 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

How Walt conceived the “E” Ticket ride.

Comment from Rick B
Time July 16, 2010 at 10:23 am


Comment from Rick B
Time July 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

Re (gurgle, gurgle, cough) calibrating.

Comment from Jeff A
Time July 20, 2010 at 2:55 am

An early form of the car-port