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Thursday Photo Caption Contest—January 19

Are you ready to return to captioning? Can you rewrite history with a humorous twist? Well, we’re back! We’ve been scouring the digital archives looking for the finest photographs. We’re lining up guest judges. We’re setting aside the wacky, the wonderful, and the wordless images from our holdings.

And we’re looking forward to all your entries! The winner receives a 15% discount to the National Archives eStore and our undying admiration.

Here’s our first photograph for the 2012 caption season—put your best caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Navjot
Time January 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Congress passes the balanced budget bill. — Now I know why this was in the pile, just a draft copy

Comment from Deirdre Black
Time January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Caption: Catalogers at the National Archives prepare for the transition to electronic records management.

Comment from Martin
Time January 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This long vote should cancel out a lot of those little votes.

Comment from Jean West
Time January 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

That lottery ticket’s gotta be in here somewhere…

Comment from Kelly Eddy
Time January 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Keep gluing ladies, I just found something here about a project in Manhattan

Comment from Jeff
Time January 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The IRS, in a move to cut down paper handling, has contracted with the cafeteria ladies to handle the returns.

Comment from Amy
Time January 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

The new Congress brought in the cafeteria ladies to make a new kind of scrapple from all the pork they were cutting.

Comment from Jane Long
Time January 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Wait! The recipe calls for chopped pepper not paper.

Comment from Yvonne
Time January 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Whose idea was this fortune cookie thing anyway???

Comment from Rus
Time January 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

And we’re indentured for how long?

Comment from Roxanne
Time January 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Slowly, Gladys began to understand what the recruiter at the U.S. Mint actually meant when he said she’d be “making lots of money, going from rags to riches.”

Comment from Mike
Time January 20, 2012 at 12:34 am

In the days of manual shredding, Mabel was a source of great frustration to her coworkers because she had to read each and every piece of information discarded by the censors prior to destroying it.

Comment from Debi
Time January 20, 2012 at 3:39 am

Ah yes, the secret codes have got to be in these shredded documents somewhere!

Comment from kara
Time January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

Mabel now regreted answering the ad for a job which had promised a “rags to ritches” life.

Comment from Pat Wojciechouski
Time January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

“The check is in the mail.”