Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty.
The results are in! Our guest judge Tim Walch, director of the Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa, decided that Shannon’s caption takes the prize. “This a wonderful, unexpected, quirky caption-and a great plug for a funny film. Also, we don’t think about Rosemary Clooney enough these days!” he said.
Congratulations, Shannon, you’ve won 30% off at the National Archives eStore! While you won this week’s photo caption contest, this photo’s real caption may take the cake as the longest caption in our holdings. It reads:
Shelby County, Iowa. Informal get-togethers are still very popular in Irwin. Shown here is a group of people playing “Truth and Consequences” at a party given for a boy who is about to be drafted. All the questions used were Biblical. This room is in the basement of the Christian church. The party was preceded by a short prayer, hymn-singing and recitation in the auditorium upstairs. Penalties for those who failed to answer questions correctly were meted out by the minister’s wife. Here, a girl is pushing a bottle top down the table with her nose. All such penalties were answered in good part. A group of ladies took charge of the refreshment quarters. Most of the guests brought something, so that the supply was large and enormously varied. Attendance at the party was excellent. With the roads in fair condition, the families were able to come in even from rather distant farms.
Whew! That photo comes from the Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. This next one comes from a military blooper, or so it would seem. Good luck! Remember, a winning caption will get you 30% off a purchase at our eStore!
For starters: The origins of “Da Bomb” trace back to a 1950s military experiment.