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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Thanksgiving

Anticipation: 1940

Anticipation: 1940

November 28, 1940. Ledyard, Connecticut. "Family of T.L. Crouch. One of the Crouch children looking to see if the 'pudd'n' is ready for Thanksgiving dinner." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Jessie and Tom: 1937

Jessie and Tom: 1937

December 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Miss Jessie Lamb demonstrates correct way to bake turkey. In this very scientific kitchen each bird is weighed before it goes into the oven as a difference in weight demands a change in cooking time." Happy Thanksgiving from Shorpy! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Basting the Bird: 1937

Basting the Bird: 1937

December 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. Miss Alexander removes the bird from oven and bastes it." View full size.

 

Stuff It: 1937

Stuff It: 1937

December 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Note to housewives: your turkey-baking troubles will be over and the bird you serve for dinner this yuletide will be tender, juicy and flavorsome if you follow the method used by the expert cooks at the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Continual testing and experimenting with various recipes has taught Uncle Sam's cooks that many a prize bird has become a 'ham' when improperly prepared. The best recipe so far discovered by the Bureau of Economics is demonstrated in the following set of pictures, made under the supervision of Miss Lucy Alexander, Chief Cooking Specialist. Miss Alexander, a graduate of Vassar and the University of Illinois, has been on her present job for 11 years. Mrs. Jessie Lamb, Assistant Cook, is stuffing the turkey under her watchful eye. The turkeys on the table will go into the ovens at regular intervals, and be tasted and judged by a group of experts who are determining which diet and feeding program will produce the best flavored meat." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Li'l Darlin's: 1955

Li'l Darlin's: 1955

Thanksgiving Day, 1955 My cousin's wife cuddles her baby, her father cuddles her doggie, Fifi, at our dining room table. Pumpkin pie remains on the plate show the meal's over, so no, Fifi was not a guest for dinner itself. I wonder how our own dog, Missie, felt about this interloper being allowed in the dining room when she was always restricted to the kitchen. Those were always my favorites of my mother's curtains, but photos show that by 1958 they'd been replaced with some boring ones. Kodachrome slide by my brother. View full size.

Dinner to Go: 1921

Dinner to Go: 1921

November 17, 1921. "Harding turkey." A present for President Warren Harding arrives at the White House. G.G. Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Goblins Next Door: 1911

The Goblins Next Door: 1911

November 1911. "Thanksgiving maskers." A door-to-door ritual for kids in costume back when Thanksgiving was a kind of proto-Halloween. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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