Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"Yes, the buck stops here, but dolls and puppets keep going two doors down the hall and to the left."

Since this week’s photo featured President Harry S. Truman, we turned to Tammy Kelly, an archivist at the Truman Library, to pick our winner for the photo contest. She has firsthand knowledge of this photo since she is the one who cataloged the doll into the Truman Library’s computerized system earlier this summer.

Tammy picked John W.’s quote as one that tickled her funny bone. Congratulations, John W.! Check your e-mail for a code for 15% off in the eStore.

The original caption for the photo is “Photograph of President Truman in the Oval Office, receiving a doll from Dr. Helen Kim, a Korean educator, as Dr. John Myun Chang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, and Dr. Frederick Brown Harris, Chaplain of the Senate, look on. 05/08/1951” (ARC 200314; Harry S. Truman Library). Tammy added that while they do not have much information about the doll itself, she could tell us that the doll is wearing a dark red skirt, and the dress features brightly striped sleeves.

Dolls, puppets, and office politics aside, this week’s photo takes us back to nature. Put your best captions in the comment box below!

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15 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest

  1. Phillip Bobrowski says:

    “And this big one here is from Gracie Lantz pecking away at the tree, when she was studying for her “Woody” role.


  2. Sherman Isbell says:

    “The branch you’re looking at will leave a knot like this in a White Pine board.”


  3. Elaine Schenot says:

    When Earl and his sisters discovered an unexplainable item on their family tree, they decided to consult the original source material.


  4. Ann says:

    Man explains where wood comes from while women pretend to hang on his every word.


  5. Martin Prochnik says:

    Our espionage training course will, over time, allow you to uncover a country’s nuclear secrets by looking through this hole.


  6. Alexis Hill says:

    “Each of these holes represents a member of your family tree”


  7. Mickey says:

    The new craze of Planking actually got its start in the 1950s. The fad has modified a great deal over the years.


  8. Casey says:

    “Silk and Balsa boaosmen? No, earthworm and coffee.” Thanks.


  9. Casey says:

    Explination of the quote: The quote can be like this, because it is a representation of a conversation. The tree looks deceased. Silk tree, and Balsa, are trees, so perhaps they are looking to plant a new tree. Earthworms help that. I don’t know what to put, other than that, it’s looking like people evaluating a tree. Thanks.


  10. Carolyn Kimber says:

    The tree that this plank was taken from dates back to the year 220BC. If you look through this hole here you will be able to see back through the time continuum to the time before the Roman empire fell…..Truly!


  11. Pam A. says:

    “Ladies, you must be at least this tall to enter the forest. Keep your arms and legs inside the tram at all times, and please no flash photography…..”


  12. Roxanne says:

    Because of Mr. Fisher’s renown open classroom techniques, the girls in his English class were able to immediately grasp the differences between “knot”, “not”, and “naught”.


  13. Mike says:

    In the process of putting together his “do it yourself” house, Joe has trouble discerning part “A” from part “C”.


  14. Mickey says:

    Two certified arborists assist the “Wizard of Oz” director as he explains to the head Talking Tree what will happen if one of the trees accidentally hurts Dorothy or Toto.


  15. Lea says:

    In the spirit of diplomacy, Harry decided to play the part of bringing together Mr. Tree and his long deceased sister, in hopes that they should resolve their decade-long quarrel over displaced squirrels. A meaningful experience was had by all.


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