In our continuing celebration of Halloween, we’re inviting you to participate in our ‘Caption This!’ Halloween photo contest. There are 10 photos from which to choose.
- Caption one or caption all ten. You don’t have to caption each photo to win.
- One winner per photo.
- You can only win once.
- Each winner receives a $50 gift certificate (not including tax and shipping).
- Please note the photo number with your caption in the comments.
- All comments are moderated before being posted to the blog.
- We’re looking for funny comments in Victorian vernacular that can be easily shared in a public forum (keep it reasonably clean, please).
- Contest ends at midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) on November 2, 2016.
- The decision of the judge is final.
- If there is a tie, names will be placed into a random drawing to determine a winner.
- Winners will be notified by email by midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) on November 4, 2016.
There are many interesting photos from the Victorian era. The photographic process was developing in more ways than one. There was much experimenting with the process, subjects, elements, and themes (some that we find archaic and even macabre today). Please comment on one or more photos to be entered into the ‘Caption This!’ photo contest.
1. A Girl and Her Dolls
What was it like to be one of this girl’s dolls? Oh, my! She may seem all sweet and innocent but one look at her collection and it’s easy to see where Charles Addams got the inspiration for Wednesday.
This beautiful Victorian woman is toying with the camera. What lurks behind the (half) mask?
3. Look at What I Made!
She seems to be as mesmerized by what she made as the gentleman looking on!
These three young ladies seem to be sending mixed messages! What are they really saying?
5. Grandma Fixes His Pants
What is this little boy thinking as his pants are repaired by his grandmother?
6. Two Women with Umbrellas
What thoughts are exchanged by these two women as they stand still for who knows how long waiting for the photographer to let them know it’s all over?
7. Where’s Mama?
Mothers have been trying to conceal themselves in photos with young children since the inception of photography. Look at how creative this mother and photographer were in hiding mom as she props up the baby for a photo. What is mom thinking about all of this?
8. Who is That Woman in the Mirror?
What is this young woman thinking as she looks at herself in the mirror?
9. The Thinker
This is a very macabre artistic photo. What is the younger man thinking?
10. Family Photo
The young boy 4th from the left has an interesting facial expression. What might he be thinking about all of this fuss?
That’s it, everyone. Have fun! Be sure to check out our current sale for more ways to win prizes.
– Donna Klein
Thank you to everyone who entered the photo captioning contest! The judge will now commence ruminating on the entries.
Picture #9 – Well, the shroud didn’t make him look 10 pounds thinner – What else can we try?
Picture #10 – We haven’t quite met up with the Duggar’s – Should we keep going?
#9 “Annnnd….Uncle Edwin manages to fart right when she’s pulling that veil up to capture the aroma. What is that? Bratwurst?”
Photo 7: I told mummy that strained peas give me the bloats.
1. Look Mama! She’s my new chuckaboo!
2. Lovely one and a peppermint-drop!
3. During a seance for a gentleman’s recently departed wife: “Hello, my dear, so sweet of you to come!”
4. Dastardly Gal-sneaker! Does your wife know you have our photograph?
5. Nan, faster, I have to wee!
6. (Right Lady): Damfino! When will this end?! (Left Lady): Stifling in here! Ugh, she’ll ruin my borrowed dress with her perspiration!
7. Oh, hurry, my love is leaking!
8. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?
9. Smothering a parrot before this was a bad idea!
10. Holy mackerel! Who cut the cheese?!
Photo 2. “I spy with my little eye…”
Photo 9. “OMG! Mom and Dad are always embarrassing me in public”
Photo 4. From Gilbert and Sullivan:
“Three little maids from school are we
Pert as a school-girl well can be
Filled to the brim with girlish glee
Three little maids from school”
#1 In Eva’s folly, she made her friend Polly, angry, and now look! Oh dear, oh dolly!
#2 “Show me a gal-sneaker, I’ll show you a bit of jam”
#3 “Mr. Edison, I see the light!”
#5 Norman Rockwell: “Just hold that pose!”
#6 “Suck in, don’t breathe, and for heaven’s sake, do try to look natural!”
#7 “Darling, what’s that I smell?”
#8 – “I believe I’m the fairest of them all!”
#9 “Shrouded in mystery, poor fellow!”
#10 Why do Christmas photos always take so long, Mama?
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Picture #6 – You men better give us the right to vote, or we are going to beat you with our umbrellas!
Picture #8 – This is a quote by St. Jerome, but it’s so appropriate for this photograph – “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
Picture #4 – We meant to behave, but there were so many other options!
Photo#8 caption: dr. Mesmer was correct! I can …see…my inner soul!
Photo #9 caption: I did not know that posing with my dead father would smell so badly. Finish soon or we will both be beyond the Veil.
Photo #-10 caption; “line up in order of birth. First the heir, then the spare…..”
Photo#5 caption: Granny! Remember you love me!
Photo #6 caption: i shall not be the one to blur the photograph!
Hold on sister, it will soon be over!
Photo #7 caption: If only I had made Lucinda’s skirt wider! I would look like her train.
Photo #3 caption: The light! The light! I can’t look away, Igor, it’s drawing me in!
Photo #4 caption!
The it’s, burst spider climbed up the water spout….
Photo number 2:
When I am gone, you’ll have my Lover’s Eye to wear anon.
Photo #1 caption: in a singsong child’s voice: “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.”
#5. I just remembered, Grandmother’s hands aren’t very steady!
#1. Won’t you come play with me?
#6. “Little does Bertie know that I plan to kill her after tbis photo is finished. It is the perfect plot, get her dressed up, take her out for a sisterly photo, do her in, and marry William.”
“She’s going to kill me, I just know it.”
#10. “I’m actually the neighbor’s son, but they said they needed me for their stair photograph. I thought they meant stare…”
#8. “There you are, sister, I have been searching for you everywhere.”