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The National Book Festival – please join us!

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Conversing with visitors at the National Book Festival, Sept. 25, 2011
Conversing with visitors at the National Book Festival, Sept. 25, 2011 (We’ll be sporting lime green shirts this year.)

The Prints & Photographs Division will be on hand at this weekend’s National Book Festival (Sept. 22-23).  If you’re planning on attending, please look for us in the LC Pavilion.

Our focus will be “reading photographs,” and we’re inviting visitors to participate in a photo captioning game called “What’s My Title?” We’ll be displaying a handful of popularly selected photographs from the collections. Participants can propose a title for one of the pictures or vote on which of the proposed titles they like the best.

We’ll also be featuring some of our online collections, and staff will be available to answer questions.

If you can’t make it to the Washington Mall this weekend (or would like to warm up for the game!), please participate virtually. Below is one of the popular photos we considered displaying at the festival (so many pictures, and only so much space…). What do you think would be a good title for it?

Photograph from Library of Congress collections
What’s my title? (Spoiler alert: This URL will show you the original caption:

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Comments (5)

  1. And that is what I think!

  2. Always a favorite! About three years ago, I jotted down some information I had received from the photographer as a comment on the Library’s Flickr stream. Scroll down to find the note from “Carl_205” on this page:

    If you scroll a bit further you will find a comment from “esagys” that informs us that the “Polish” couple’s background is in fact Lithuanian and we learn that the man we call Andrew Lyman is “Andrius Limonas, according to his son.” The writer goes on to report the woman was AL’s “second wife, Anna (Ona) Gailiunaite (my grandmother’s sister) from Vabalninkas, near Birzai, Lithuania. Both are buried at St.Joseph’s Cemetery on Rt. 75 near Bradley Airport.”

  3. I took “a photograph” by a hobby.
    Having known it when I studied a photograph.
    The life of the person emerges in “a hand”.
    The hand of this couple is big, and a finger is big.
    In modern adults, I do not watch “the strong hand” so much.
    I imagine farming of “the trouble” for “pleasure”.

  4. Caption should read “Laughing all the way to the bank with this Tobacco Crop”. “If I knew a photographer was going to be here, I would have worn a belt”.

  5. “Happy Harvest”

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