Weekend Photo Caption Contest

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  1. avatar Michael says:

    The Chimney sweep brigade circa 1914

    1. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

      Dang it. You took the first thing that popped into my mind…+1!

      1. avatar Nigil says:

        My thoughts as well.
        Probably because I am an actual chimney sweep.

  2. avatar Bigred2989 says:

    The gangs go matching one by one, hurrah, hurrah……

  3. avatar Megrim says:

    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.

  4. avatar Cameron S. says:

    What the founding fathers would wish High Schools were like today.

  5. avatar Justin says:

    ” I say, dost thou even thwart evil?”

  6. avatar Another Robert says:

    The apotheosis of the concept of “full dress uniform.”

  7. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    Batman’s butler, Lara Croft’s butler….they gotta get trained up somewhere…

  8. avatar Marc says:

    Swag, bag and Tag.

  9. avatar rogerthat says:

    Ministry of silly walks — enforcement division.

    1. avatar TheOtherDavid says:


    2. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

      Thats frickin hilarious

    3. avatar Ardent says:

      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.

  10. avatar Alex Twitmyer says:

    Day 23: They have not yet realized that I am a munchkin, but Sgt. McMillan is catching on. Must find taller hat.

  11. avatar Magicmanmb says:

    President Lincoln’s guards practicing, April 13, 1865 the next day democrats ordered budget cuts & banned assault weapons.

  12. avatar Brion Brigman says:

    The Lincoln Brigade

  13. avatar John Bergeson says:

    New uniforms for the Antarctic Penguin Brigade?

  14. avatar Clayton Pascik says:

    Gangs back then had so much class.

  15. New York Gang. Circa 2014.
    Because of a assault rifle ban, the gang is limited to high power rifles.

  16. avatar Mike says:

    Ahh, the good old days. When soldiers were gentlemen. And quite dapper, it would seem

  17. avatar Mitchell! says:

    The youngsters do tend to overdress at their first Gunsite Prom.

  18. avatar AaronW says:

    Before the factory owners quelled worker unrest with Pinkertons, there was the Dapper Brigade…

  19. avatar Gunr says:

    Dam! Why do they always have to put me in between two tall guys?

  20. avatar Matt in IN. says:

    I came to sweep chimneys and kick ass, and everyone already switched to gas heating.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      GREAT Roddy Piper “They Live!” reference!

  21. avatar William Burke says:

    Five points for knocking the top hat off the guy behind you!

  22. avatar Jeff O. says:

    The boys brigade shows off the latest Victorian Urban Camouflage.

  23. avatar Model 31 says:

    For the first time, militarization of a non-law enforcement government agency begins just 90 days after passage of the 16th amendment (IRS).

  24. avatar Phil says:

    This is my rifle, this is my gun…

    1. avatar Full Cleveland says:

      This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is my hat…

  25. avatar Mr. Bad Timing says:

    Top hats and top loaders.

  26. avatar WDF says:

    .”We go in search of the Jabberwocky…and we will KILL it and bring you back a …shrubbery!

  27. avatar T says:

    Alright guys, after this drill, we got to get our suits to the cleaners at 1700 hours!

  28. avatar cubby123 says:

    Abe Lincoln wantabes

  29. avatar pirateye says:

    The posse out to capture the escaped Number 6.

  30. avatar Mark says:

    Ok!! Who put this tall long legged bastard up front?? Who did it?? Assholes!! Geeze!!

  31. avatar Rebecca says:

    Pssssstt, your other left foot.

  32. avatar British Gun Guy says:

    “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

  33. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

    Aren’t you a little short for a Victorian Storm Trooper?

  34. avatar dh34 says:

    …One hundred men we’ll test today
    But only three win the Black Top Hat…

  35. avatar Paul G. says:

    No officers, just gentlemen.

  36. avatar 5Spot says:

    Mary Poppins is dead meat tonight!

  37. avatar Paul%# says:

    NCIS’ Ducky remembering what gangs were like when he was a lad back in England.

  38. avatar Paul%# says:

    Pearce Morgan’s worst nightmare.

  39. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

    The Pied Piper found himself regretting having swapped his flute for a snare drum.

  40. avatar cmeat says:

    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.

  41. avatar gbo says:

    Monopolycon, circa 1920. March of the ‘Go to Jail’ brigade, who would later be named ‘Monopolytroopers.’

  42. avatar Sklutch says:

    Ahhhh, the ceremonial marching of the “Sir Toppham Hat” Brigade. Everybody board the creepy-faced steam train!!

  43. avatar Tim in WA says:

    Who wears a top hat with rifle? An f-ing poser that’s who!

  44. avatar Alex in IL says:

    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.

  45. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Eaton college cadets?

  46. avatar DV says:

    Conscript Army meets Tim Burton.

  47. avatar Great Scot says:

    When gangs had class and rifles had walnut…

  48. avatar Jimbo says:

    Freshman at Undertaker College learning how to go out and drum up business.

  49. avatar Steven Lund says:

    The original USDA weapons training center…

  50. avatar jamesii says:

    The guy right front is out of step

  51. avatar Mike P. says:

    “Sup up your beer and collect your fags, There’s a row going on down near Slough”

  52. avatar Full Cleveland says:

    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.

  53. avatar the ruester says:

    The “Mr. Peanut” wars of the early 20th century were a serious, deadly affair.

  54. avatar Ardent says:

    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.

    1. avatar John in AK says:

      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.

      1. avatar JhonnieB says:

        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.”

  55. avatar dh34 says:

    Come on boys, Ron Burgundy and his news team are down at Central Park….we’ll show them print media still runs New York!

  56. avatar engineear says:

    We defend our right to wear tall hats…you’ll have to pry my tall hat from my cold, dead fingers…

  57. avatar Stilicho says:

    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.

  58. avatar Lucas D. says:

    “Great, one clod went directly to jail but still passed Go and collected $200, and now the whole neighborhood has to suffer for it.”

  59. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    You *WILL* be selling me Park Place AND you will throw in Water Works to boot!

  60. avatar Ole'Wolf says:

    I always tried to envision Kipling’s “Gentlemen Rankers”- know we know.

  61. avatar DBM says:

    You will not pass go! You will not collect $200!

  62. avatar Steve Day says:

    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.

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