Thursday Photo Caption Contest—April 26

"Spring Fashion Week featured a variety of on trend canvas jumpsuits, accessorized with over the shoulder ammo in this seasons must have metals"!

We’re not always fashion forward here in the National Archives (archivists wear blue coats over the street clothes to protect themselves from the dust and dirt that come from working in the stacks), but we were inspired by the jaunty hats and shiny shoes worn by these two women. And so were many of you, apparently! We had a hard time choosing among captions that referenced Project Runway, crayons, and song lyrics.

We turned to archives technician Diane Petro, who shouldered her judging duties like a bandolier of bullets. Diane has been down in the trenches for the last several months working on the 1940 census, but now that it has been released, she has returned to her civilian life in the Research Room.

Congratulations to Michelle! Your caption was chosen by Diane as the winner! Check your e-mail for a code for a 15% discount in the National Archives eStore.

And congratulations to Florence Johnson and  Rosamund Small! These two women in the photograph (ARC 520612; 80-G-45240) were the first WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) to qualify as instructors on electrically operated 50-caliber machine gun turrets. Here they are walking to the target range at the Naval Air Gunners School in Hollywood, Florida (April 11, 1944).

Our last photograph featured statuesque women, but this week’s photo features statues. Put your wittiest caption in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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15 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest—April 26

  1. Lil says:

    “Ronnie, be careful. they’ll have YOUR head!”

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  2. Pam A. says:

    “You know Ronnie, I don’t think these warriors are going to help me win the war on drugs. Maybe I should try a catchy slogan instead….”

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  3. Vdonahue says:

    “The chinese government was thrilled to uncover 2 Terra Cotta figurines with the coloring still intact”

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  4. Cafe Pasadena says:

    “Nancy, I don’t think we’re in California anymore!”

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  5. Bill Rogstad says:

    It looks as if we’re the 1%.

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  6. Martin says:

    Now these Secret Service guys probably didn’t fool around with the locals!

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  7. Peter says:

    “Why can’t congress be like this?”

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  8. Stacy says:

    Do not look at Medusa.

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  9. John Constance says:

    Ronnie, put the head back. I think we’re on camera.

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  10. Jesse D. says:

    “Just try to blend in, dear.”

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  11. Henry says:

    I don’t know if I should sign a treaty with these people, Nancy. They’re so stone-faced.

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  12. Logan says:

    The Reagans catch members of Congress BEFORE they put on their suits and makeup.

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  13. Al says:

    OK boys, now’s a good time to invade Russia…

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  14. Amy says:

    When Ron and Nancy talked about “old-fashioned values,” no-one had realized HOW old-fashioned they meant!

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  15. Mike says:

    Ronald and Nancy Reagan tour the emperor’s terracotta statues prior to the state funeral of Emperor Shi Huang Di of the Qin Dynasty.

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