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Thursday Photo Caption Contest—April 26

"Spring Fashion Week featured a variety of on trend canvas jumpsuits, accessorized with over the shoulder ammo in this seasons must have metals"!

We’re not always fashion forward here in the National Archives (archivists wear blue coats over the street clothes to protect themselves from the dust and dirt that come from working in the stacks), but we were inspired by the jaunty hats and shiny shoes worn by these two women. And so were many of you, apparently! We had a hard time choosing among captions that referenced Project Runway, crayons, and song lyrics.

We turned to archives technician Diane Petro, who shouldered her judging duties like a bandolier of bullets. Diane has been down in the trenches for the last several months working on the 1940 census, but now that it has been released, she has returned to her civilian life in the Research Room.

Congratulations to Michelle! Your caption was chosen by Diane as the winner! Check your e-mail for a code for a 15% discount in the National Archives eStore.

And congratulations to Florence Johnson and  Rosamund Small! These two women in the photograph (ARC 520612; 80-G-45240) were the first WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) to qualify as instructors on electrically operated 50-caliber machine gun turrets. Here they are walking to the target range at the Naval Air Gunners School in Hollywood, Florida (April 11, 1944).

Our last photograph featured statuesque women, but this week’s photo features statues. Put your wittiest caption in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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Comment from Lil
Time April 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

“Ronnie, be careful. they’ll have YOUR head!”

Comment from Pam A.
Time April 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

“You know Ronnie, I don’t think these warriors are going to help me win the war on drugs. Maybe I should try a catchy slogan instead….”

Comment from Vdonahue
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

“The chinese government was thrilled to uncover 2 Terra Cotta figurines with the coloring still intact”

Comment from Cafe Pasadena
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

“Nancy, I don’t think we’re in California anymore!”

Comment from Bill Rogstad
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

It looks as if we’re the 1%.

Comment from Martin
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Now these Secret Service guys probably didn’t fool around with the locals!

Comment from Peter
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

“Why can’t congress be like this?”

Comment from Stacy
Time April 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Do not look at Medusa.

Comment from John Constance
Time April 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Ronnie, put the head back. I think we’re on camera.

Comment from Jesse D.
Time April 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

“Just try to blend in, dear.”

Comment from Henry
Time April 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

I don’t know if I should sign a treaty with these people, Nancy. They’re so stone-faced.

Comment from Logan
Time April 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

The Reagans catch members of Congress BEFORE they put on their suits and makeup.

Comment from Al
Time April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

OK boys, now’s a good time to invade Russia…

Comment from Amy
Time April 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

When Ron and Nancy talked about “old-fashioned values,” no-one had realized HOW old-fashioned they meant!

Comment from Mike
Time April 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Ronald and Nancy Reagan tour the emperor’s terracotta statues prior to the state funeral of Emperor Shi Huang Di of the Qin Dynasty.