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Thursday Photo Caption Contest–May 23

"Darling! Wait! You forgot to pack your sandwich!"

Trying to choose a winner from last winner’s caption contest got us all tangled up! How could we choose between balloon references, Air Force One, and the horrors of flying coach? Eventually we had to hand over our judging duties over to Natalie Rocchio, archives specialist in the Center for Legislative Archives. Natalie knows how to pick out something fascinating: she is the blogging power behind Congress in the Archives.

Congratulations to Gary! Natalie choose your quote as the winner. Check your email for a 15% discount to the eStore.

Although this photograph might evoke memories of Mom or Dad chasing down the school bus and waving a brown paper bag, the man in this photograph is actually coming down, not going up. The photograph was taken during World War I: “Returning from a U-Boat scouting party. Aerial naval observer coming down from a ‘Blimp’ type balloon after a scouting tour somewhere on the Atlantic Coast. Central News Photo Service., ca. 1918.” (ARC 533474; 165-WW-63C(10))

Today’s photograph has us back inside and firmly on (or even under) the ground! Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below.

"Your caption here!"

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Comment from Nuno Guerreiro Josué
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Google’s Search Engine backroom, circa 1948.

Comment from Torrence
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

now we have been through every file in this place and we still cant find the priceless document. I know it’s around here somewhere!

Comment from Michael Harris
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

“Let’s see, I think Manning is still on the board, but I’m not sure about his health. I think I’ll take Joe Flacco and hopefully I can pick up some backup in the next round.”

Comment from Pam A.
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm

An after-hours party at the archives. These archivists know how to tear it up!

Comment from Jean West
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Office space density in the day when GSA administered the National Archives and Records Service.

Comment from Marc
Time May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

You think we’re good archivists? You should see our bowling team!

Comment from Mike Goad
Time May 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Methinks the archives are getting a little crowded.

Comment from Monica
Time May 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

“How To Change A Lightbulb” — I know I’ve seen that booklet in here.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time May 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

You really think were going to find that birth certificate here?

Comment from Samantha Cross
Time May 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

We’ve searched high and low and the Colonel’s secret recipe is nowhere to be found!

Comment from Sara
Time May 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Mama Celeste personally oversees the fulfillment of her FOIA request.

Comment from Marene Baker
Time June 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Everyone knew Bertha was a wonderful archivist, no body knew she was also a vampire!

Comment from Mickey
Time June 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Gladys was not misled when she was offered a job promising she would be in the middle of all activities.

Comment from Mark Rothenberg
Time June 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

Lets see. Theodore Roosevelt’s pince nez. Check. Amelia’s bloomers. Check. Andrew Johnson’s letter of resignation. Check. Wait. Something’s moving in this box. My God! It’s Fala. Fala’s still alive. And she minds very much being in the box! — O.K. Which of you volunteers to call the Roosevelts?

Comment from Carolyn Emerson
Time June 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Whatever you do, don’t drop your drawers!