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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

It was impossible to decide if “Treeus” was funnier than references to Santa or poor drivers, so we asked for assistance from our guest judge Laura Brandt, who manages the Foundation for the National Archives Facebook page. After much agony, she decided that David T’s caption held the most humor and historical value.

This two may not have been in Teddy’s Rough Riders, but they clearly had a rough ride in the Civilian Conservation Corps. The caption reads: “Supervisor Burgess and Ranger Cooke Trying Out the CCC Constructed Hobby Horse, Douglas Fir Forest Camp, Mt. Baker National Forest, 1936″ (ARC Identifier 299069, National Archives at Seattle).

This week’s photo has some actual horses—leave your caption in the comments below!… [ Read all ]

Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Ladies and Gentlemen, you have astounded your judge with your caption compositions. Words and phrases like “historical sub-context” and “ingenuity” were used. Also used was the word “shibboleth,” which I had to look up. For the uninitiated, it refers to “any distinguishing practice that is indicative of one’s social or regional origin,” and it was used in reference to Wendy Gish’s winning caption. Not only has she won the approving nod from our esteemed guest judge, but like all our winners, also won 30% off at the National Archives e-Store.

As to the actual caption related to this photo, no, the kids photographed did not arrive at the end of the world, but instead, they arrived upon a small stream. “In 1938, rare flooding in southern California severed a road, trapped an automobile and drew a crowd” according to the book Your Land, Our Land, which highlights the holdings of our regional archives.

This week we dug deep into the Archives to find another photo stripped of context just waiting for a caption to captivate our next guest judge. But who is our mysterious judge? Will he be able to use shibboleth in a sentence? In fact, he will. To find a judge capable of keeping pace with the prose on Pieces of History, we’ve asked Jim Worsham, editor-in-chief extraordinaire of Prologue magazine, … [ Read all ]

Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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 Pacific Region, who has accepted the glorious burden of judging this week’s … [ Read all ]

What’s on in your neck of the woods?

Each month the National Archives in the Regions puts together a calendar of events that lays out all the great things going on around the country related to our nation’s records. At the top of that calendar is always a great story based on a few records found in our regional locations, and this month is no exception. Read about Mickey Mantle, Ernest “Mr. Cub” Banks, and the Selective Service; and then find out which regional archives is closest to you!

The National Archives in the Regions July Calendar of Events [ Read all ]