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December 1934. "No elephant toys for First Lady. Mrs. Roosevelt, on a Christmas shopping tour, had a hard time convincing Santa Claus that she did not want a toy elephant, a symbol of the Republican Party, as a Christmas present. She is shown here inspecting an assortment of toys at a Washington, D.C., department store Friday." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
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.