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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Thanksgiving

Stuffing the Turkey: 1920

Stuffing the Turkey: 1920

November 20, 1920. "White House Turkey." Alternate title: Coop d'Etat. With l'etat being Texas.National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mystery Meat: 1920

Mystery Meat: 1920

"White House turkey." November 20, 1920. News item, "30-Lb. Mystery Turkey Reaches White House": A 30-pound turkey, cooped in a miniature White House, arrived at the White House yesterday and was admitted, though he had no credentials whatsoever. "There was nothing attached to the turkey showing the donor, but we understand that one was coming from someplace in Texas," said an official at the White House. "The mystery," it was stated, "will probably be solved within a day or two." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Scrambling for Pennies: 1911

Scrambling for Pennies: 1911

New York, November 1911. "Scramble for pennies -- Thanksgiving." Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or "scramble for pennies." George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

And Now the News: 1956

And Now the News: 1956

November 23, 1956, Larkspur, Calif. My brother reading The San Francisco News, at the time one of four dailies published in the city. He's home on Thanksgiving break from Cal Poly, where he'd just taken up the pipe. It's the day after, actually, and we're hosting a big crowd of relatives, hence the kitchen chair in the living room for overflow dinner seating. In the upper right corner on top of the TV cabinet I see my coin collection, ready for me to show off to my uncles and anybody else I can waylay. At the lower left, an item familiar to just about anybody who grew up in the 50s, an anodized aluminum tumbler. The magazine rack has a Coronet, a Life, undoubtedly some Saturday Evening Posts. To prove we're in California, a souvenir redwood wishing well coin bank on the window seat, along with my mother's African violets in their occasional living state. My sister snapped this Kodachrome slide with brother's Lordox. View full size.

Thanksgiving Pageant

Thanksgiving Pageant

Participants in a Thanksgiving pageant in Louisville, Kansas around 1910. View full size.

Pilgrim Day: 1920

Pilgrim Day: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Force School Pilgrim Day group, 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Thanksgiving Maskers: 1911

Thanksgiving Maskers: 1911

November 1911. Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or maybe "scramble for pennies." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Links: Yahoo Xtra | Encyclopedia.com

 
 
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