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Winning captions from the Special Collections and Archives Caption Contest

March 21, 2017

For the past five years, staff members at the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives have been running a monthly caption contest. They take an interesting photo from the archives and present it, with context, and allow readers to add their own take on it. Here are some of the winners from past contests. Keep reading; we'll offer more in the future!

UA24-001362. Dick Clark signs the visitor book at Riley Hospital as head nurse Ruby Cope looks on.

Dick Clark signs the visitor book at Riley Hospital as head nurse Ruby Cope looks on.

Caption winner: Robert Aull: "Brylcreem fumes had an almost aphrodisiacal effect on Ruby, turning her usual dour pout into a coquettish smile." 

2. UA24-009339n. Alex MacInnes, 1969.

Alex MacInnes, 1969

Caption winner: Debra Kent: "Who's having decaf?" 

3. Lab scenes

Lab scenes.

Caption winner: Clarence Brooks: "The early Terminators were easy to spot..." 

4. A woman demonstrates the use of a stainless steel tongue cleaner.

A woman demonstrates the use of a stainless steel tongue cleaner.

Caption winner: Karen Lee: "As Linda was demonstrating cleaning her tongue, she accidentally invented tongue piercing."  

5. UA24-001138. City Hospital ambulance, 1905-1908.

City Hospital ambulance, 1905-1908.

Caption winner: Catherine Calac: “John Miller’s first attempt in the food truck business was a complete disaster.” 

6. A group at the School of Law.

A group at the School of Law

Caption winner: Michael Wilkinson: "So... Stevens, what are you going to do with YOUR Brylcreem rebate check??" 

7. Gerald Bepko giving directions, 1994.

Gerald Bepko giving directions, 1994

Caption winner: Andy Smith: "As you can see from this map, we have WAY MORE parking spaces than we will ever need.” 

8. Groundbreaking for the School of Dentistry addition.

Groundbreaking for the School of Dentistry addition

Caption winner: Scott Strickler: "A jackhammer? For the School of Dentistry groundbreaking? Of course you realize, in fifty years we are going to be the subject of some wisecracking photo captioning contest!" 

9. Cheerleaders.

Cheerleaders

Caption winner: Robert Aull: "Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar; one more girl to break the bone in my collar!" 

10. Dental students learning carving technique, 1949.

Dental students learning carving technique, 1949

Caption winner: Kristi Palmer: "So I says to her, ‘Gertrude, you aren't keepin' me from carvin' teeth with the guys, no ma'am, not this time.'"

11. Madrigal singers, 1961.

Madrigal singers, 1961

Caption winner: Bill Orme: "My love for you doth grow, like the flowers from thy head. But dear, forsake the mulch, ere the King may think thee dead." 

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