This one was a cliffhanger. The dueling wits were a sight to behold, and in the end I had to try them out on my wife to see which caption had that extra something to send it over the top. When she nearly blew her coffee across the table, I knew we had our winner.
Congratulations to Janice Brown for her winning entry, and we proudly award her with a Walking the Berkshires handcrafted, digitally-enhanced .gif quality testimonial suitable for right click and download and pasting on the cubicle wall.
The gentleman seated at right is my great great grandfather William Nisbet Olmsted, who was "in the China Trade" during the 1860s after a very brief month of service with the 7th NYSM in defense of the Capitol (while stealing the stationery). This picture was taken in Canton, China in 1863. There is another one much like it with numbers above the heads of all the individuals, but alas, nothing in our family archive reveals how to decode it.
In due course we'll roll out Family Archive Contest #9. The bar is now exceedingly high thanks to all of your grand submissions.