Thursday Photo Caption

"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."

Last week’s image may have sparked some of our best captions yet! Apparently a giant roll of paper makes our readers think of their experiences in the National Archives research room, Twitter, and toilet paper at the State Department.

But it reminded us of another enormous rolled document featured on Pieces of History: a 1954 petition from Hawaii. And so we asked conservator Morgan Zinsmeister, who worked on that outsized record, to choose a winner.

Congratulations to Jill! Morgan thought your caption was the one we should preserve as the winner.

So what is really happening here? It turns out we made the right connection in thinking of Morgan and his Hawaiian petition. This photograph is from the “Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel, 1935–1975,” and it shows Archives employee Kay Brewington examining a large petition. (We admire her ability to crouch gracefully in that dress and those shoes!)

Today’s photograph also shows a woman hard at work under the glare of a bare lightbulb—but what is she teaching? Give us your best caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!


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5 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption

  1. Phillip Bobrowski says:

    Pictured here in the foreground, we see a very young Eliot Noyes, casually daydreaming of a time when business machines could become “(S)electric”, too.


  2. Traci says:

    “A quick sly fox jumped over the lazy brown dog. Uhmmmm would love the instructor to be a bit more foxy…. ” day dreamt young Will in his WPA class.


  3. Paul R. says:

    The US Army’s early attempts to outsource the training of military journalists to Aunt Bee’s little-known hunting cabin proved less productive than anticipated.


  4. Bonnie says:

    Alright, Tommy, I see you cheating off your neighbor’s paper; don’t make me come back there!!


  5. Kara Carrero says:

    Sister Mary ponders what other classroom management ideas she could enforce… close quarters? check. monotonous sentences? check. uncomfortable chairs and creepy lighting? check. the infamous ruler? check. That should scare them!


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