Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Innovative as a wedding planner, Mary Ellen McKinna’s idea of tying glass bottles to the bumpers of newlyweds’ cars became much more practical with the invention of plastic a year later.

We enjoyed the many old fashioned names that our captioners suggested: Ellie Mae, Mildred, Ethel, and Frances! I wonder what the subject of our photo would say in response to the captions that suggest she is in the clutches of an OCD attack or is cooking up something  explosive?

This week’s judge knows something about cooking up crazy ideas! Like an archives-loving Dr. Frankenstein, Stephanie Greenhut brings history to life on DocsTeach, a web site where  teachers can create and use lesson plans featuring National Archives documents.

Choosing a caption was hard work; Stephanie’s colleagues wondered why she was laughing so hard at her desk. But through her tears of amusement she was able to make a decision. Congratulations to Ryan! Check your e-mail for a code for 15% off in the eStore!

So, what exactly is she doing? The answer is far more mundane. According to the original caption: “Millville, New Jersey – Glass bottles. A wash and tie girl tying stoppers to bottles. This is one of the few unskilled jobs for women in the glass factory. A wash and tie girl takes the bottle from the stopper grinders, washes it with automatic sprayers and ties the stopper to the bottle for packaging. (T. C. Wheaton Co.)., 03/26/1937” (ARC 518636)

This week’s photograph also features a woman at work. Put your best caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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20 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest

  1. Phillip Bobrowski says:

    Bartholomew Fiche’s invention of storing data and information on rolls of paper for easier access and viewing had it’s drawbacks.


  2. Casey Brackbill says:

    Where is the CTRL-F Function on this machine? I need to find one name on this roll.


  3. Douglas says:

    Woman’s Day Magazine Founder, Mabel Hill Souvaine shown here producing Issue number 1 from here using her first Printing Press knew the idea of a Woman owned and Woman run Magazine was sure she could inspire Women everywhere to be more then just a simple House Wife.


  4. Amy Moorman says:

    Bow to the paper gods!


  5. Jill Nagy Anderson says:

    Susan had always been a diligent student, but now she began to suspect that her master’s thesis was getting a little bit out of control.


  6. Traci says:

    Santa’s Naughty and Nice list expanded in size with the post war baby boom. How nice of him to send it that spring to the National Archives!


  7. John Pivovarnick says:

    Marlene was certain that her Electronic Paper Cut Machine was going to be the hit of the science fair!


  8. Undine says:

    This early version of Twitter helps illustrate why users were later restricted to 140 characters.


  9. Amy says:

    Dorcas didn’t quite know how the computer was going to read this particular reel-to-reel tape, but she went ahead with the design anyway.


  10. Bill Kleppel says:

    “Now that I have my own Perpetual Paper Dispenser, hoarding has never been so much fun!”


  11. Jean West says:

    The prototype for the microfilm readers in the National Archives research room required additional tinkering to be completely maddening.


  12. Leon Benson says:

    Hortense soon realized, that at the State Department, even the toilet paper had a policy attached to it.


  13. Roxanne says:

    Nancy belatedly discovered that she needed to be more specific with the Purchasing Dept. when ordering the “giant size” correction ribbons.


  14. Chad says:

    Judy realized that THIS petition would require a customized preservation enclosure.


  15. sam says:

    so THIS is how you make 1-ply toilet paper…


  16. Mike says:

    Evelyn contemplates the type of error that would warrant this size of corrective tape.


  17. Pam A. says:

    Irene knew she wasn’t going to find the name she needed, but she had to keep looking, even if it meant reading every sheet of paper in the stacks. If she went back to the research room empty-handed, those genealogists were going to rip her apart limb by limb.


  18. Anne Gometz says:

    Mary Lou was so happy. Finally she had ALL the figures the IRS had demanded.


  19. Christopher H. says:

    Sally’s mother immediately regretted requesting a hard copy of her daughter’s friends’ Facebook updates.


  20. Ryan Tickle says:

    Terri Jo Marston supervises the 3rd edition printing of “Filing Your Income Taxes: The Easy Way!”


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