Thursday Photo Caption Contest–February 2

"Catalogers at the National Archives prepare for the transition to electronic records management."

We had a hard time choosing a caption for last week’s photograph. How can you choose between captions that poke gentle fun at fortune cookies, “rags to riches” stories, and the IRS?

We turned to a guest judge who knows paper records really, really well. Paul Palermo is the Director of Records Center Operations at the National Archives at Boston, MA, which provides storage for thousands of temporary Federal records.

Not all of the records created by the Federal Government are kept forever in the  National Archives. The majority of Federal records—about 95%—are considered “temporary” and are kept for set periods of time.  Paul and his team manage the lifecycle of these records. They store them, track them, pull them and  send them back to the creating agency if they are needed, and put returned records back on the shelf.  They also destroy nonpermanant records at the end of their lifecycle or make sure that other records go to the National Archives as permanent records. (You can read more about temporary records here).

Congratulations to Deirdre! Paul tore himself away from a busy job (see the paragraph above!) to choose your caption as the winner of last’s contest.  Check your email for a code to use for a 15% discount at our eStore.

Like our guest judge, the ladies above worked in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, if they time traveled to the present day, most likely they would be out of a job, since they worked for the American Writing Paper Company. This photograph by Lewis Hines shows them sorting rags.

Today’s photograph shows a man at work! Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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13 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest–February 2

  1. Jean West says:

    How LBJ became known as Light Bulb Johnson.

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  2. Lil says:

    No, sir, it don’t do me no good, and Ladybird wouldn’t like it neither!

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  3. Darlene says:

    Caption:

    Before he was known as “Landslide Lyndon,” he went by the moniker of “Electrifying Johnson.”

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  4. colleen smith says:

    she’s saying to the repair man ;”its not worth the trouble ,just take it out of the house”

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  5. Elaine Schenot says:

    Always interested in wowing the ladies, Lyndon Johnson prepares to make himself a Current Event.

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  6. Martin says:

    Our Health Plan will take care of your Arthritis. Now if you just stick your finger in here….

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  7. steve siwinski says:

    Socket to me LBJ!

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  8. Karen says:

    Ma’am, I’m sorry, but it looks like you’re going to have to climb onto that stove in order to reach it.

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  9. Amy says:

    “Holding onto the automatic retract on this power cord with both hands will get that dowager’s hump straightened out in no time, ma’am. Now, about my re-election platform…”

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  10. alisa says:

    Politician inspects museum display of a home of a typical American 99%er.

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  11. Hugh Ryon says:

    Here is how we light up your life!

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  12. Mickey says:

    How many political candidates does it take to screw in a light bulb?

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  13. Kim says:

    We have to keep the cord this high to make the man of the house feel important, same as we do with making jar lid diameters too big for female hands.

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