Weekend Photo Caption Contest by Dan Zimmerman | May 16, 2014 | 72 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments Michael says: May 16, 2014 at 18:06 The Chimney sweep brigade circa 1914 Reply Joseph Quixote says: May 16, 2014 at 18:27 Dang it. You took the first thing that popped into my mind…+1! Reply Nigil says: May 17, 2014 at 08:51 My thoughts as well. Probably because I am an actual chimney sweep. Reply Bigred2989 says: May 16, 2014 at 18:10 The gangs go matching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…… Reply Megrim says: May 16, 2014 at 18:19 Shannon Watts was forced to admit that Friday’s open carry march was indeed peaceful, but complained that the protesters’ high-capacity headgear made a mockery of civil disobedience. Reply Cameron S. says: May 16, 2014 at 18:21 What the founding fathers would wish High Schools were like today. Reply Justin says: May 16, 2014 at 18:21 ” I say, dost thou even thwart evil?” Reply Another Robert says: May 16, 2014 at 18:27 The apotheosis of the concept of “full dress uniform.” Reply TheOtherDavid says: May 16, 2014 at 18:41 Batman’s butler, Lara Croft’s butler….they gotta get trained up somewhere… Reply Marc says: May 16, 2014 at 18:49 Swag, bag and Tag. Reply rogerthat says: May 16, 2014 at 18:50 Ministry of silly walks — enforcement division. Reply TheOtherDavid says: May 16, 2014 at 18:56 Yes! Reply Gurney Halleck says: May 16, 2014 at 20:52 Thats frickin hilarious Reply Ardent says: May 17, 2014 at 07:45 I think we have a winner. You know that government agencies are becoming militarized when even the Ministry of Silly Walks has an armed enforcement unit. Reply Alex Twitmyer says: May 16, 2014 at 18:51 Day 23: They have not yet realized that I am a munchkin, but Sgt. McMillan is catching on. Must find taller hat. Reply Magicmanmb says: May 16, 2014 at 18:52 President Lincoln’s guards practicing, April 13, 1865 the next day democrats ordered budget cuts & banned assault weapons. Reply Brion Brigman says: May 16, 2014 at 18:52 The Lincoln Brigade Reply John Bergeson says: May 16, 2014 at 18:57 New uniforms for the Antarctic Penguin Brigade? Reply Clayton Pascik says: May 16, 2014 at 19:00 Gangs back then had so much class. Reply US Rifle Cal. .30 M1 says: May 16, 2014 at 19:02 New York Gang. Circa 2014. Because of a assault rifle ban, the gang is limited to high power rifles. Reply Mike says: May 16, 2014 at 19:07 Ahh, the good old days. When soldiers were gentlemen. And quite dapper, it would seem Reply Mitchell! says: May 16, 2014 at 19:08 The youngsters do tend to overdress at their first Gunsite Prom. Reply AaronW says: May 16, 2014 at 19:17 Before the factory owners quelled worker unrest with Pinkertons, there was the Dapper Brigade… Reply Gunr says: May 16, 2014 at 19:22 Dam! Why do they always have to put me in between two tall guys? Reply Matt in IN. says: May 16, 2014 at 19:23 I came to sweep chimneys and kick ass, and everyone already switched to gas heating. Reply William Burke says: May 16, 2014 at 19:28 GREAT Roddy Piper “They Live!” reference! Reply William Burke says: May 16, 2014 at 19:27 Five points for knocking the top hat off the guy behind you! Reply Jeff O. says: May 16, 2014 at 19:32 The boys brigade shows off the latest Victorian Urban Camouflage. Reply Model 31 says: May 16, 2014 at 19:38 For the first time, militarization of a non-law enforcement government agency begins just 90 days after passage of the 16th amendment (IRS). Reply Phil says: May 16, 2014 at 19:40 This is my rifle, this is my gun… Reply Full Cleveland says: May 17, 2014 at 07:21 This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is my hat… Reply Mr. Bad Timing says: May 16, 2014 at 19:40 Top hats and top loaders. Reply WDF says: May 16, 2014 at 19:40 .”We go in search of the Jabberwocky…and we will KILL it and bring you back a …shrubbery! Reply T says: May 16, 2014 at 19:42 Alright guys, after this drill, we got to get our suits to the cleaners at 1700 hours! Reply cubby123 says: May 16, 2014 at 19:56 Abe Lincoln wantabes Reply pirateye says: May 16, 2014 at 20:03 The posse out to capture the escaped Number 6. Reply Mark says: May 16, 2014 at 20:05 Ok!! Who put this tall long legged bastard up front?? Who did it?? Assholes!! Geeze!! Reply Rebecca says: May 16, 2014 at 20:26 Pssssstt, your other left foot. Reply British Gun Guy says: May 16, 2014 at 20:30 “I feel that we are fully trained for any urban encounter. Be it a spot of bother at the cricket grounds or a takeover of the local pub, the boys can handle it” – Sir Arthur ‘Tophat’ Bulcurke, commander of the 16th Gentlemen’s militia (London branch) – 1867 Reply Sabrewolfe says: May 16, 2014 at 20:56 Aren’t you a little short for a Victorian Storm Trooper? Reply dh34 says: May 16, 2014 at 21:43 …One hundred men we’ll test today But only three win the Black Top Hat… Reply Paul G. says: May 16, 2014 at 22:17 No officers, just gentlemen. Reply 5Spot says: May 16, 2014 at 22:25 Mary Poppins is dead meat tonight! Reply Paul%# says: May 16, 2014 at 22:29 NCIS’ Ducky remembering what gangs were like when he was a lad back in England. Reply Paul%# says: May 16, 2014 at 22:30 Pearce Morgan’s worst nightmare. Reply Sabrewolfe says: May 16, 2014 at 22:46 The Pied Piper found himself regretting having swapped his flute for a snare drum. Reply cmeat says: May 16, 2014 at 22:48 the upper sash of a double hung window should not be painted shut. having both upper and lower open allows for improved circulation. this will be strictly enforced. Reply gbo says: May 16, 2014 at 22:50 Monopolycon, circa 1920. March of the ‘Go to Jail’ brigade, who would later be named ‘Monopolytroopers.’ Reply Sklutch says: May 16, 2014 at 23:26 Ahhhh, the ceremonial marching of the “Sir Toppham Hat” Brigade. Everybody board the creepy-faced steam train!! Reply Tim in WA says: May 16, 2014 at 23:48 Who wears a top hat with rifle? An f-ing poser that’s who! Reply Alex in IL says: May 17, 2014 at 00:03 When the 21st Ayresdale Grenadiers were summoned in the middle of a fancy dinner, they decided that the war would simply have to be a white tie event, whether or not anyone else chose to dress for it. Reply Southern Cross says: May 17, 2014 at 01:12 Eaton college cadets? Reply DV says: May 17, 2014 at 01:38 Conscript Army meets Tim Burton. Reply Great Scot says: May 17, 2014 at 02:31 When gangs had class and rifles had walnut… Reply Jimbo says: May 17, 2014 at 06:17 Freshman at Undertaker College learning how to go out and drum up business. Reply Steven Lund says: May 17, 2014 at 06:30 The original USDA weapons training center… Reply jamesii says: May 17, 2014 at 06:44 The guy right front is out of step Reply Mike P. says: May 17, 2014 at 06:50 “Sup up your beer and collect your fags, There’s a row going on down near Slough” Reply Full Cleveland says: May 17, 2014 at 07:18 Although Johnny was the shortest member of the “Gay Dandy” brigade he never-the-less broke tradition and was daring enough to sport a tie. Reply the ruester says: May 17, 2014 at 07:34 The “Mr. Peanut” wars of the early 20th century were a serious, deadly affair. Reply Ardent says: May 17, 2014 at 07:53 I would love to hear the actual story behind this one. The rifles and top hats all appear to match but the rest just looks like street clothes. Who the heck issues a top hat with a rifle when arming a group of men or else what are the odds they all happened to coincidentally be wearing matching hats? Also, none of them appears to be older than his early 20’s and they could all be teenagers for all I can tell. I’m really curious about this one. Reply John in AK says: May 17, 2014 at 09:48 This is a class of Eton schoolboys in their school uniforms (which included white tie, tails and a top-hat) in 1915, marching in drill with obsolete Lee-Metford rifles. I wonder how many of the older boys ended up dead in France by the end of the war in 1918. . . Rather takes the humour out of it. Reply JhonnieB says: May 19, 2014 at 07:43 I agree with John in AK. My first thought on seeing the picture was, “How many of those lads were alive to experience Christmas, 1918.” Reply dh34 says: May 17, 2014 at 08:03 Come on boys, Ron Burgundy and his news team are down at Central Park….we’ll show them print media still runs New York! Reply engineear says: May 17, 2014 at 09:32 We defend our right to wear tall hats…you’ll have to pry my tall hat from my cold, dead fingers… Reply John in AK says: May 17, 2014 at 09:56 The rest of the story, here: http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/12/real-eton-rifles Reply Stilicho says: May 17, 2014 at 10:35 The short lived Bankster Army was disbanded as unnecessary after the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 enabled a better form of direct control of the country. Reply Lucas D. says: May 17, 2014 at 11:32 “Great, one clod went directly to jail but still passed Go and collected $200, and now the whole neighborhood has to suffer for it.” Reply Chip in Florida says: May 17, 2014 at 12:34 You *WILL* be selling me Park Place AND you will throw in Water Works to boot! Reply Ole'Wolf says: May 17, 2014 at 18:29 I always tried to envision Kipling’s “Gentlemen Rankers”- know we know. Reply DBM says: May 17, 2014 at 22:21 You will not pass go! You will not collect $200! Reply Steve Day says: May 18, 2014 at 15:25 The bastard sons of Bloomberg, heading to Wall Street to rape the accounts of the filthy Pro-Second Amendment peasants. Only those in high social circles who attended ivy league schools will be left unpillaged. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.