How could we choose between captions about skunk cabbage, the effects of fiber, and manly weeping? We asked Mitchell Yokelson, Investigative Archivist at the National Archives and author of books on military history, to look into the matter.
Congratulations to Kim B! After careful investigation, Mitch found your succinct summary of the situation to be the funniest. Check your e-mail for a code for 15% off in our eStore.
What’s really happening here? World War I was sometimes called “The Chemist’s War,” and a mask could save a soldier’s life. The original caption reads “Soldiers trying out their gas masks in every possible way. Putting the respirator to good use while peeling onions. 40th Division, Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, 03/1918″ (111-SC-7045; ARC 530714).
Last week’s photo featured the face, but this week’s photo features the . . . legs. Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!
Posted by Hilary on June 23, 2011, under Photo Caption Contest.
Tags: 1918, 40th Division, california, Camp Kearny, gas mask, investigative archivist, legs, Mitchell Yockelson, onions, San Diego, the Chemist's War
Congratulations, Teresa Martin Klaiber, for bringing a smile to the face of Gwen Granados, our guest judge from the National Archives at Riverside. She shared this photograph with us, and we all agreed it was eminently caption-worthy. (Teresa, if you send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, I can send you your 15% discount code to use at the National Archives eStore.)
The photograph is in a file on “Porpoises, 1965–1967,” among the records of the 11th Naval District in Record Group 181, Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments. Its original caption reads, “Sam the Sea Lion and his trainer Walley Ross.”
OK, captioners, get your thinking caps on for this week’s challenge. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so maybe these ladies are celebrating their day! Write your own caption in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Mary on May 5, 2011, under Photo Caption Contest, Uncategorized.
Tags: california, caption contest, NARA, national archives, National Archives at Riverside, Photo Caption Contest, sea lion, seals
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 … [ Read all ]
Posted by Rob Crotty on July 15, 2010, under Photo Caption Contest.
Tags: california, floods, los angeles, national archives, pot holes, regional archives, riverside, sink holes, your land our land