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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

An early ad photo for Army Deodorant.  The soldier on the left is the stinky BEFORE applying guy.  The one on the right is the fragrant AFTER applying guy.

An early ad photo for Army Deodorant. The soldier on the left is the stinky BEFORE applying guy. The one on the right is the fragrant AFTER applying guy.

Let’s hope that our winning captioner John is wrong, because if this was a grand military body odor experiment, this world would smell awful.

The actual caption is just as unsettling, however. These two marines are enjoying themselves after a nearby atomic blast. As the caption reads: “The atomic cloud formed by the detonation seems close enough to touch, and tension gone, Poth and Wilson do a little clowning for the camera.”  Click the photo for the full scoop.

Are you interested in winning 30% off at our National Archives eStore? Then join us each week as we take a photo out of context from our holdings and ask you to provide the funniest caption for it. If you win, you’ll get 30% off at the eStore (where Prologue is sold, by the way!)

Here’s this week’s photo. Good luck!

Insert your caption!

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Rosemary Clooney will star in a remake of the famed “Men who stare at Goats” titled “Women who stare at tables.”

Rosemary Clooney will star in a remake of the famed “Men who stare at Goats” titled “Women who stare at tables.”

The results are in! Our guest judge Tim Walch, director of the Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa, decided that Shannon’s caption takes the prize. “This a wonderful, unexpected, quirky caption-and a great plug for a funny film. Also, we don’t think about Rosemary Clooney enough these days!” he said.

Congratulations, Shannon, you’ve won 30% off at the National Archives eStore! While you won this week’s photo caption contest, this photo’s real caption may take the cake as the longest caption in our holdings. It reads:

Shelby County, Iowa. Informal get-togethers are still very popular in Irwin. Shown here is a group of people playing “Truth and Consequences” at a party given for a boy who is about to be drafted. All the questions used were Biblical. This room is in the basement of the Christian church. The party was preceded by a short prayer, hymn-singing and recitation in the auditorium upstairs. Penalties for those who failed to answer questions correctly were meted out by the minister’s wife. Here, a girl is pushing a bottle top down the table with her nose. All such penalties were answered in good part. A group of ladies took charge of the refreshment quarters. Most of the guests brought something, so that the

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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"I am product #751600"

This week’s winner is PaulO, who won us over with his creepy and vaguely dystopian caption “I am product # 751600.” He wins 30% off a numbered product of his choosing at our eStore.

And if you think this tube is an escape route from child-shaped robots run amok, you would be partially right! This picture comes from the holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City. It’s actually a fire escape from 1924, and the caption tells us it “Drops from second story of brick building; small child is sitting in the end of the tube”–though this does not assure us that it is a human child.

This week’s photo is from America’s Heartland. Let us know what you think could possibly be going on here! As always, the winner recieves 30% off at our eStore.

Here’s a suggestion to get you started, “Myrtle knew a quality tablecloth when she saw it!” nose[ Read all ]

Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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"Ma, look what we made out of our legos!"

Fact: this photo is actually from a post-apocalyptic future, and that’s actually the Washington Monument,  fenced to protect the only known remains of a land once known as “the District” … strange that the future looks like rural Texas in 1894 …

Wait, apologies, we were looking at the wrong book.

So, just what is locked in that paddock? It’s monument marker number 258, and it helped clear up a border dispute between Mexico and the United States. You can read more about it (and many, many other markers) in “Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico,” an article from our 2005 Summer Prologue issue.

While we may forever wonder why a monument required a such an elaborate fence, we no longer have to worry about who won our hearts and minds in last week’s caption contest. Jim Worsham was wooed by Rebecca’s spot-on use of Legos. We don’t have any Lego creations at our Archive eStore, Rebecca, but we do have plenty of other kid-friendly concoctions you can purchase at 30% off with your winnings!

Good luck to all with this week’s caption contest! Assistant Archivist for Records Services—Washington, DC,  Michael Kurtz is the guest with the gavel this week, so he’ll be picking the picture caption that commands the most laughs. Also, be sure to … [ Read all ]

Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

After today, let’s start tapping the kegs from the top.

After today, let’s start tapping the kegs from the top.

It’s time to “spill” the beans on who won last week’s contest. While we had more fun than a “barrel” of monkeys reading through your comments, settling on a winner was a “sobering” task. We loved Gabby’s “There was some confusion at the onset of the invention of the ‘kegger’ to what exactly the purpose of this activity was. Many years later, it would still receive mixed reviews from the neighbors,” and any reference to a 200-foot-tall space alien master (Bob S.) we enjoy, but ultimately it was Rebecca who took the cake (and 30% eStore discount!). Her comment is below the image at left.

As most of you guessed, this photo was from Prohibition, 1931 to be precise. The original caption reads “Los Angeles authorities emptying barrels of rum, 1931.” Two years later, in 1933, the 21st Amendment would end Prohibition, becoming the only amendment to repeal a previous one (so far).

While Prohibition may be over, our arsenal of strange is still plenty full here at the Archives. This week we’ve pulled out a particularly peculiar picture for pontification, so stretch out that funny bone and submit your comments! You never know who will be guest judging!

Insert your caption here

Insert your caption here

Here’s something to get you started:

“Originally made of ‘thirteen stripes alternating

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