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The "What In The World Is Happening In This Photo?!?" Contest

Ever seen a funny or poignant photograph and thought, "If only I could add a caption…"? This exhibition does just that. The Valentine Richmond History Center provided the images. Members of the Richmond community submitted cheeky or insightful commentary. Visit UR Downtown to see the prints, the winning captions, and each photograph’s actual description.

The Valentine Richmond History Center’s Richmond Times-Dispatch Photograph Collection consists of approximately 12,000 photographs given to the History Center from 1936 to 1991 by Richmond Newspapers, Inc., publisher of The Times-Dispatch and Richmond News Leader. In this exhibition, see the range of subjects – from silly to serious – that this collection holds.

Want to see more? Through a generous grant from Media General, The Times-Dispatch Collection is newly digitized and viewable through the History Center’s online database at:

The exhibition was organized by the Valentine Richmond History Center, and sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the University of Richmond.

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