Tag: weird photos
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!
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
Because this contest’s photograph came from John F. Kennedy Library, we asked their curator, Stacey Bredhoff, to be our guest judge. So Joyce, say “thank you” to Stacey for picking your caption as the winner. We can’t arrange a meeting with Johnny Depp, but we can send you a 15% discount to the National Archives eStore.
The original caption for this photo with the sci-fi feel is “A radiological technician at the United States Air Force (USAF) School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, demonstrating the master slave remote handling device used to handle radioactive substances used in the Bionucleonics Laboratory.”
Our photo caption candidate this week is of a decidedly less high-tech occurrence (but much sunnier). What is going on here? Put your best caption in the comments section below, and you can win bragging rights for the week as well as a 15% discount to use on anything you choose in the National Archives eStore.
Posted by Hilary on March 10, 2011, under Photo Caption Contest, Uncategorized.
Tags: Brooks Air Force Base, caption contest, Kennedy Library, National archives and records administration, Photo Caption Contest, weird photos
Last’s week winning caption goes to Marc, whose plowman did not expect to have quite such an active role in government.
If you thought this looked like a victorious pursuit for these two well-dressed gentlemen, you would be correct. In this image from the Roosevelt Presidential Library, the Victory Garden Program Secretary is plowing Boston Common in 1944. There are no records on how many rutabagas were successfully planted and harvested.
This week’s mystery photo is more ominous than victorious! Put your caption in the comments box below.
Posted by Hilary on March 3, 2011, under Photo Caption Contest, Uncategorized.
Tags: national archives, National archives and records administration, old photos, Photo Caption Contest, weird photos
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!
This week’s winner is Tommy R! His clever caption combines the discoveries of the atomic age with a nifty Latin neologism. Tommy, we’ll be sending you a 15% discount for the National Archives eStore.
The original caption tell us that “Sister Mary Helene ven Horst, science instructor at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, teaches students the theory of radiation and the use of radiological monitoring instruments. . . . ca. 1960.” The photo is from the series for civil defense photographs in the Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This week, give us your best captions for this photo plucked from the holdings of the National Archives. YOU tell us what’s going on and take a chance to win an eStore discount for yourself.