Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"Psst, Fred. C’mere. I got somethin’ to tell ya. It’s about the drawings… somethin’ don’t add up I tell ya."

"Psst, Fred. C’mere. I got somethin’ to tell ya. It’s about the drawings… somethin’ don’t add up I tell ya."

Congratulations to Holly! Our guest judge was archivist Joan Gearin, who thought your caption did add up. Check your email for your discount code to the eStore.

(We should note that Joan is the author of the most popular Prologue article ever written. Every time The Sound of Music is aired on television, “The Real Story of the Von Trapp Family” gets hundreds of hits.)

Joan is also an archivist for the National Archives in Boston, whose Facebook page explains this mysterious image.  “Did you know that during World War II Harvard University contracted with the US government to work on radar countermeasures? This image is of an antenna being tested ca. 1943. The National Archives at Boston holds the records of the Harvard Radio Labs documenting Harvard’s work on radar countermeasures, sonar, and other research on psycho-acoustics, electro-acoustics, and optics. RG 227 Records of the Office of Research and Development.”

There’s no antenna in this week’s photo. Whatever is going on is more…low-tech. Tell us what you think is happening in the comments below!

Your caption here!

Your caption here!

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24 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest

  1. Debbie Hooper says:

    I’ve got an idea. Let’s see if they can see their shadows.

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  2. Charlene Wallace says:

    Now, the count of three.. you let yours go first.

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  3. Robert Welch says:

    The first attempt at building Boulder Dam didn’t go so well.

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  4. Jenny says:

    Punxsutawney Phil Tryouts.

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  5. Joanie Gearin says:

    I’ve always wanted to know how much wood CAN a woodchuck chuck under competitive conditions?

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  6. Linda Wilky says:

    Groundhogs gathered from across the nation to interview for the coveted position and honorary title, “Punxsatawny Phil”.

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  7. Burble says:

    Sam just knew he could turn his fortune around with Chester, his giant racing guinea pig.

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  8. Mary Beth Devine says:

    Aw, Ma…..Can we keep them?

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  9. Claudia Nicholson says:

    From the “Woodchuck Owner’s Handbook”: Make sure your woodchuck gets plenty of exercise by walking it daily. And because they are social animals, walking it with a group is better for it’s psyche.

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  10. Kim Richards says:

    Unable to gather enough dogs, the search party set out with their trusty groundhogs.

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  11. Bruce Oren says:

    But Harlan knew something about these overfed rodents that his buddies wouldn’t imagine in their worst nightmares.

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  12. Bryan says:

    Sled dogs? In Pennsylvania we don’t need no stinkin’ sled dogs…

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  13. Traci says:

    In the true spirit of hard work, the CCC rounded up as many beavers as possible. Not wanting any competition with their efforts in the woods, the CCC packed them up after a photo op and sent them off to Caltech and MIT, c.o.d.

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  14. Michael says:

    Bienniel gathering of The Chuck Wood club.

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  15. Doug Wiseman says:

    With Indians having stolen and run off their horses and oxen, the leaders of the wagon train had to improvise.

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  16. Paul Hamilton says:

    The United States Weather Service was a pioneer in the use of multiple groundhogs for statistically-valid forecasts.

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  17. Nancy Fortna says:

    February 2nd – Going for a second opinion.

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  18. Dave says:

    Just before the Great Groundhog Chili Cook-off began, these WPA rodent wranglers stopped for a photograph, and realizing that there was no cumin anywhere to be found, a quick round of recipe corrections followed.

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  19. Marene Baker says:

    After finding the groundhogs in the stack, NARA realized it was time to roll out an Integrated Pest Management plan.

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  20. Rick Martinez says:

    Given the “Alphabet-Soup” nature of New Deal era program names, it’s not at all surprising that the term “R.O.U.S.’s” (rodents of unusual size) first came to be used in the early days of the Boulder Canyon Project.

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  21. Amy says:

    Unfortunately for the CCC, groundhog races did little to boost the economy.

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  22. Hugh Ryon says:

    Tryouts for mascot of the Punxsutawney tram. Go Groundhogs Go DIG..DIG..DIG

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  23. Corissa funk says:

    Typical men! Sitting around comparing the size of their groundhog to the next guys! SHEESH…

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  24. joe m says:

    Margaret Sangar and Alice Paul develop gene splicing during the depression ; to answer the riddle: What do you get when you combine a man and a groundhog? Someone who will go out of their house on holidays.

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