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Thursday Photo Caption Contest–February 2

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

We had a hard time choosing a caption for last week’s photograph. How can you choose between captions that poke gentle fun at fortune cookies, “rags to riches” stories, and the IRS?

We turned to a guest judge who knows paper records really, really well. Paul Palermo is the Director of Records Center Operations at the National Archives at Boston, MA, which provides storage for thousands of temporary Federal records.

Not all of the records created by the Federal Government are kept forever in the  National Archives. The majority of Federal records—about 95%—are considered “temporary” and are kept for set periods of time.  Paul and his team manage the lifecycle of these records. They store them, track them, pull them and  send them back to the creating agency if they are needed, and put returned records back on the shelf.  They also destroy nonpermanant records at the end of their lifecycle or make sure that other records go to the National Archives as permanent records. (You can read more about temporary records here).

Congratulations to Deirdre! Paul tore himself away from a busy job (see the paragraph above!) to choose your caption as the winner of last’s contest.  Check your email for a code to use for a 15% discount at our eStore.

Like our guest judge, the ladies above worked in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, if they time traveled to the present day, most likely they would be out of a job, since they worked for the American Writing Paper Company. This photograph by Lewis Hines shows them sorting rags.

Today’s photograph shows a man at work! Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Jean West
Time February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

How LBJ became known as Light Bulb Johnson.

Comment from Lil
Time February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

No, sir, it don’t do me no good, and Ladybird wouldn’t like it neither!

Comment from Darlene
Time February 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm


Before he was known as “Landslide Lyndon,” he went by the moniker of “Electrifying Johnson.”

Comment from colleen smith
Time February 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

she’s saying to the repair man ;”its not worth the trouble ,just take it out of the house”

Comment from Elaine Schenot
Time February 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Always interested in wowing the ladies, Lyndon Johnson prepares to make himself a Current Event.

Comment from Martin
Time February 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Our Health Plan will take care of your Arthritis. Now if you just stick your finger in here….

Comment from steve siwinski
Time February 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Socket to me LBJ!

Comment from Karen
Time February 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Ma’am, I’m sorry, but it looks like you’re going to have to climb onto that stove in order to reach it.

Comment from Amy
Time February 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

“Holding onto the automatic retract on this power cord with both hands will get that dowager’s hump straightened out in no time, ma’am. Now, about my re-election platform…”

Comment from alisa
Time February 3, 2012 at 3:59 am

Politician inspects museum display of a home of a typical American 99%er.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time February 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

Here is how we light up your life!

Comment from Mickey
Time February 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How many political candidates does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Comment from Kim
Time February 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

We have to keep the cord this high to make the man of the house feel important, same as we do with making jar lid diameters too big for female hands.