Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

No, see right here, the lights should stay on even if one bulb goes out. They can also play Jingle Bells.

Jan Wilson, it’s been a long wait, but you can now claim the honor of being our last captioner of 2010 and our first declared winner of 2011. President Truman was a practical (and frugal) guy, so why wouldn’t he be able to step up and give tips on Christmas tree gadgetry?

As far as we know, though, on the occasion on which this picture was taken, the lights on the National Christmas Tree went on just as planned. This picture from from the Harry Truman Library is dated December 24, 1945—it’s interesting that the lighting took place so late in the season.

For this new contest, we turn to another President. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration this month, we resume the Thursday photo caption contest with a picture from the John F. Kennedy Library.

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Insert your caption!

So now that we all have had time to recover from the holidays, get those brain cells working and give us your best so we can give you 30% off at the National Archives eStore. Start captioning right now in the comments section.

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23 Responses to Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

  1. Carl Keith Greene says:

    My light’s brighter than your light.

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  2. Tim says:

    I’m sorry, John, this doesn’t make you part of the Green Lantern Corps.

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  3. Reid Joyce says:

    Here, Jack, take my lantern. You’ll never find an honest man with this lantern that’s missing its candle.

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  4. Janis Comstock-Jones says:

    “And, as Jack is showing us, if you order now, you’ll get a second one for just postage and handling!”

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  5. Curtis Picard says:

    “Now, Mr. President. I know you’re from Massachusetts, but I’m sure it’s ‘One if by land, two if by sea.'”

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  6. Shepherd Johnson says:

    JFK masters the square bongo

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  7. Lynn Ansfield says:

    You’ve got it, Mr. President. It’s one if by sea and two if by land

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  8. Traci says:

    You can be the first of the THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT! Look it is even safe! Safety glass!

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  9. Marc says:

    It’s a candle John. Really, if you’re going to be president, you must know these things!

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  10. Tim says:

    John, I’m afraid my Shadow Monster thinks you’ll use that lantern against him.

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  11. Victoria S. Abernathy says:

    One if by land, two if by sea. Er ah, just make sura they avoid Cape Cod. We nevah got around to installing items for a permanent solution there.

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  12. Teresa says:

    You walk slowly in FRONT of the car and I’ll walk slowly BEHIND it and they’ll be able to see where they are going.

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  13. Laura says:

    Careful! The Martians will fall out.

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  14. Sarah says:

    Mr. President, I believe your firefly escaped.

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  15. jim says:

    swing your lamp and you’ve passed the brakeman test

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  16. Jon says:

    No Mr President, it’s a candle, you have to light it with a match

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  17. cheryl says:

    Jack–How did you get your hand stuck in there? You’re supposed to put two fingers in like this!

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  18. George says:

    I can’t figure how it works either.

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  19. Martin Prochnik says:

    Are you sure this is all the equipment the troops invading Cuba will need?

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  20. Tammy Gepfer says:

    Well yes we do plan to get there first. And yes you’re right it is dark in space.

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  21. Weez says:

    Amish headlights Mr. President.

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  22. Michael Pacholek says:

    No, no, I said the torch has been passed, not the lantern. And Bobby said people would remember my speech 50 years from now…

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  23. Jason Clingerman says:

    Caption: “Come on baby, light my fire.”

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