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Smell the Bird: 1937

Smell the Bird: 1937

Dec. 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. H.E. McClure, of the Bureau of Husbandry, tests the turkey meat for odor." With this pungent image, Shorpy begins his seventh holiday season online and wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Proper procedure

He'll sniff the soda crackers next, in order to cleanse his olfactory palate.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to Dave, Tterrace, Shorpy, and all the contributors to this amazing site.


According to the November 1937 calendar at upper left, Dec. 4th is a Saturday. Mr. McClure must have been one busy turkey-sniffer.

Perhaps the image is from Nov. 4th?

[This is one of eleven turkey-baking photos taken at the Department of Agriculture dated December 4, 1937. - Dave]

Happy Thanksgiving, Shorpy!

I am thankful for Shorpy every single day -- for the wonderful photos, the witty titles, the artful insertions of Shorpy himself and the logo, and the fascinating comments of observers. What an education I receive! Thanksgiving blessings to all!!

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The old expression used to be: "First, you eat with your nose."

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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