Photo Caption Contest

Vintage photo of female studentsworking on an airplane.

Have a funny idea for what’s going on in this photograph from the University of Rhode Island library archives? Email your caption to, or respond at

Submit entries by April 15, 2018

Vintage photo of students looking at a patch of grass.
Winter Winners: Roots are our roots
This image from the winter issue is titled “Study of Grasses Circa 1892” in our archives, and is one of the oldest photographs we have. It goes right back to URI’s roots: 1892 was the year the State Agricultural School became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and the wonderfully dressed men pictured may well have been among the college’s very first graduating class of 17 students.
Students at Kingston have studied turf grass every year since then. Perhaps it’s the program’s longevity that helped this photo elicit the biggest response we’ve had yet for a caption call—upwards of 60 entries. Thanks to all who participated.

Winning caption:“Nobody move—I lost my contact lens.”

—Peter M. Vieira ’73

Runner Up:“Yup, grass, definitely grass!”

—Mark Simon ’68

Two Honorable Mentions:

“How come their grass looks greener than ours?”

—Suzanne Oringel Grossman ’59

Outstanding in their field.

—John Gerber ’73