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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

We’re excited to pass the winning torch to our reader  Michael P., whose caption met the high standard of our guest judge, National Archives editrix Maureen MacDonald.  

Congratulations, Michael P! You can use your 30% discount at the Archives eStore to buy something to read by lantern light.

The actual caption on the photo in the Kennedy Library is “Garnett D. Horner, reporter for the Washington Star and the out-going president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, presents two silver lanterns to President John F. Kennedy at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. The lanterns are replicas of the lanterns hung in the Old North Church of Boston on April 18 ,1775.” (Kennedy Library, photo by Abbie Rowe, AR6378-M)

Maureen, a Bay State native herself, gave Curtis P’s caption an honorable mention: “Now, Mr. President. I know you’re from Massachusetts, but I’m sure it’s ‘One if by land, two if by sea.’”

What’s the signal for bad weather in Massachusetts—and across the United States? Some of you are buried in snow, but these two ladies are ready for summer! Well, they’re ready for something. . . tell us what in the comments below!… [ Read all ]

Hemingway, JFK! What else do I have to say?!

Americans love Paris. They even ended the Revolutionary War by writing and signing the Treaty of Paris in that city on September 3, 1783.

War brought other Americans to Paris. Almost 150 years later, it was home to Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway’s experience in Paris was colored by war. He arrived in Paris during World War I and went to the Italian front, where he worked briefly as an ambulance driver until injured by mortar fire. He returned to Paris as a correspondent for the Toronto Star in the 1920s, and it was during this time he wrote The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, novels inspired by those experiences.

He returned again to Europe during World War II, and was present at the D-day landings at Omaha Beach (although as a noncombatant, he did not go ashore.) He won the Nobel Prize for Literature for the Old Man and Sea in 1954, but ended his own life in 1961.

But before that, he loved Paris too. The proof is in his dashing moustache and his stylish beret, evidenced in this picture.

In the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, MA, there are thousands of pictures in the Hemingway Archives, which is part of the collection of the National Archives. Hemingway had been invited to Kennedy’s inauguration as part of a group of … [ Read all ]