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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"Now everybody sing 'YMCA.'"

Last week’s photo of men swinging from the trees inspired many noteworthy captions, from the Pirates of Penzance to pigeon interception. Overwhelmed by choice, we turned to our guest judge James Kratsas of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Michigan.

James was also overwhelmed—by grim memories of dancing at weddings, and he chose Marene B’s caption. Congratulations, and check your e-mail for a code to get 15% off your purchase in our eStore!

Like President Ford, the men in last week’s picture are graduates of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The caption reads “Vocational training for S.A.T.C. in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Class in Pole-Climbing in the course for telephone electricians, with some of their instructors. University of Michigan, ca. 1918″ (ARC  533483; 165-WW-119A[1]).”

In this week’s caption, everyone’s feet are firmly on the ground—for now. (This image is also from our new exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which opens tomorrow with our Chief Culinary Adviser Chef Jose Andres!)

Put your tastiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Unfortunately for the CCC, groundhog races did little to boost the economy.

Unfortunately for the CCC, groundhog races did little to boost the economy.

Although we were greatly amused by the suggestions of dam building, weather predictions, and rodent chili recipes, we eventually decided on Amy’s caption, which  combined the history of the Cilivian Conservation Corps with the Depression and managed to be funny!

Amy, check your email for your code for 15% off in our eStore!

So…are these Rodents of Unusual Size, groundhogs, or guinea pigs? Actually, they’re beavers. The tail of the beaver on the far left is being held up by a man wearing gloves. The caption for this photo reads: “Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho, Salmon National Forest: Camp F-167, ‘CCC boys… ready to transplant Beaver from a ranch location where they were damaging crops to a Forest watershed location where they will help to conserve the water supply…’, ca. 1938.”

(Our own Archivist of the United States just blogged about his start at MIT, a school whose mascot is the beaver: “Nature’s Engineer”!)

There are no animals in this week’s photo…but something strange seems to be in the air. Tell us what’s going on in the comments below!

Your caption here!

Your caption here!

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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 ]