Tag: Roosevelt Library
Apparently the sight of a scantily clad man engrossed in his knitting fired up the imaginations of our readers! We made a cup of tea and settled down to knit one, purl two our way through your many caption submissions. Leg warmers! Greek mythology! Puns! Poor fashion sense!
We became so tangled that we turned to guest judge Lynn Bassanese, the Acting Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, to decide which captions to cast off.
Congratulations to James! (Check your email for a code for 15% off in your eStore.) Lynn chose your caption as the winner. “Eleanor Roosevelt was a knitter and we have many of her knitting needles and projects in our museum collection,” said Lynn. ”She would applaud this young man’s efforts!”
This photograph comes from the holdings of the FDR Library, but its World War II context is not quite so sunny as the stoop in the picture. The original caption reads: ”Believed to be Italian nationals in a U. S. Detention camp.”
Today’s photo also features men, but they seem to be engaged in a more traditionally masculine activity! Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!… [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on March 1, 2012, under - Presidents, - World War II, Photo Caption Contest.
Tags: captions, Elanor Roosevelt, FDR, knitting, Lynn Bassanese, Roosevelt Library, U. S. Detention camp
Congratulations to Dave M! Our guest judge Lynn Bassanese of the Roosevelt Presidential Library chose your caption, as FDR “was a real Navy man and enjoyed an occasional cocktail so we think he would approve of our choice.”
It’s unlikely President Roosevelt would have enjoyed the wartime cocktail being ladled out, though. The original caption declares: “Saturday’s a holiday for most of the nation’s small fry, but to these youngsters of Roanoke, Va., it’s fat-collection day” (NLR-PHOCO-A-65701 ).
Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, some of our readers may have plans for a green beer tonight. This week’s caption is about drinking, too—use your gift o’gab and give us your best caption!… [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on March 17, 2011, under - World War II, Photo Caption Contest, Uncategorized.
Tags: american history, National archives and records administration, old photos, Photo Caption Contest, Roosevelt Library, weird photos, World War II
Following upon the spate of movies in recent years about British female royalty (the Elizabeths and Victoria), we now have one about British male royalty, The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as George VI.
It focuses on George VI (the current monarch’s father) and his struggle to overcome stuttering and stammering, especially when he spoke in public.
He became King in late 1936, when his brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson. He also became the first reigning British monarch to visit the United States—in June 1939—just after a state visit to Canada.
After spending a few days in Washington, DC, the King and Queen traveled with President and Mrs. Roosevelt to Hyde Park, NY, the President’s home (and now the site of his Presidential library), where they had an American-style picnic at FDR’s retreat, Top Cottage.
On the menu were traditional American picnic fare, such as ham and turkey and strawberry shortcake—fit for a King. And FDR, the patrician with the common touch, also served their majesties the great American treat—hot dogs. And, yes, according to news accounts, the royals did indeed down their first-ever hot dogs.
The royals were delighted, and their visit helped cement U.S.-British relations just a few months before World War II began on September 1, 1939.
A complete account of the royal visit is on … [ Read all ]
Posted by Jim on December 27, 2010, under - World War II, Uncategorized.
Tags: american history, Colin Firth, George VI, hot dogs, King of England, NARA, National archives and records administration, Roosevelt Library