Thursday Photo Caption Contest—May 10

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

The clothes must make the man! Last week’s photo caption contest winner featured Spring Fashion Week and canvas jumpsuits; this week’s winner pokes gentle fun at what our congressmen might look like before they are suited up for work.

Duke Blackwood, the Director of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, took on his guest judging duties with a good humor that may make even the stoniest-faced terra-cotta warrior crack a smile.

Congratulations to Logan! Check your email for a code for a 15% discount in the National Archives eStore.

The original caption of the photo reads: “Photograph of the Reagans standing with the Terra Cotta figures in Xi’an, China” (April 29, 1984. ARC 198547). President Reagan’s 1984 trip to China marked only the second time a U.S. President visited since President Richard Nixon’s historic trip in 1972. Reagan met with Chinese President Li Xiannian in an attempt to resolve diplomatic differences between the U.S. and China. He also toured historical and cultural sites in Beijing with First Lady Nancy Reagan, including the Terra-cotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China. The terra-cotta soldiers were found in a massive burial site, intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife.

Our last photograph featured orderly soldiers below the ground, so this week we thought we’d take to the unpredictable skies. Put your wittiest captions in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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17 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest—May 10

  1. Nancy Narma says:

    This is not my idea of climbing the ladder of success!!


  2. Don Shaffer says:

    “Reach for your dreams, but don’t let go of the ladder”


  3. ken wheeler says:

    this is the last time i fly coach !


  4. Laurie Stevens says:

    Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!


  5. Paul Croteau says:

    When you reach the end of your rope, just tie a knot and hang on!


  6. LaVonne Hallberg says:

    All tangled up with no where to go, but up.


  7. Sharen Wixom says:

    Nuts, my wife is going to say, “I told you not to go up in that contraption.”


  8. Dave Sabol says:

    That’s the last time I let a valet park my balloon.


  9. Tyler Arcaro says:

    The President waits for Air Force One to get out of the shop.


  10. Lil says:

    Reminds me of the 2012 primaries…


  11. Amy says:

    Bob was terribly attached to his job wrangling balloons and made a bid for freedom when he learned they would be deflated after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


  12. Robert Gander says:

    I’ve got you under my thumb.


  13. Ray says:

    Quick, more rocks!


  14. alisa says:

    During the Depression, Jones finds himself tethered and tangled to the hand of God.


  15. Mickey says:

    Relationships are like blimps. There are strings attached no matter if you are getting into one or getting out of one.


  16. Gary Lutz says:

    “Darling! Wait! You forgot to pack your sandwich!”


  17. Pam A. says:

    Contrary to popular belief, the first inspirational “Hang in There” poster did not feature a kitten hanging from a tree, but Marvin dangling from a balloon.


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