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Tasty Tom: 1922

Tasty Tom: 1922

November 1922. Washington, D.C. "White House turkey 'Supreme 3' with unidentified people." Glimpsed here yesterday along with much informative commentary. Happy Thanksgiving from Shorpy! View full size.


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A gaiter, perhaps?

Right above her shoes - it looks like there's some kind of strappy thing going up her leg but it doesn't look like part of the shoe and I can't figure out what it could be. A gaiter, perhaps? Though that doesn't really seem to go with the rest of her bling.

So *that's * the size of a real turkey breast

Turkeys for the supermarkets have such inflated breasts that they fall over when they walk. Of course, that might just be that they are extremely stupid, and thus have difficulty walking. I worked at a turkey farm as extra help before Thanksgiving when I was in high school, and we had to chase the turkeys into their sheds every time it rained. Why? Because the turkeys were so clueless that when they felt the rain hitting them, they'd look up to see what it was, and a few would drown every storm.

When Turkeys were Turkeys

No mega-farms producing ghost white turkeys year round in 1922. The turkey and the lady in profile seem to have conspired to dress the same for the photograph. How many of you are old enough to remember your mother picking out the stray pin feathers of a store bought bird with a pair of tweezers to get Old Tom ready for the oven?

I'll bet every one of those

pictured knew how to at least hold a turkey back then, and probably most of them could butcher it pretty easily, too.

Today, we don't interact with our future food at all, and certainly don't want to, either. My grandparents raised fowl and butchered them when needed. I can't do so and prefer not to, anyway. And don't ask me to hold one either.

Thanks Shorpy!

We had a group of Male Turkeys come visit us here in Northern CA. We fed them natural Sunflower Seeds and after awhile they would come up to us for the seeds absolutely without fear.
Sadly, they moved-on. We hope we filled their bellies for the winter and we look forward to February when they spread their feathers, while doing a complicated mating dance to attract a mate.

Hope you all enjoyed your Turkey today.
Appreciation and Thanks to Shorpy Owners for their kindness of sharing this wonderful site.

Turkey Club

A semi-informed guess of the people, from left-to-right: Congressman Frederick Britten, Marie Maddox or Elsie Allen, unknown woman, Senator William B. McKinley, Miss Maddox or Miss Allen, other unknowns.

The Baltimore Sun, December 3, 1922.

At the White House the turkey was received by Senator McKinley and Representative Fred A. Britten of Illinois: Pyke Johnson, secretary of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce; Secretary of Agriculture Wallace and George Christian, secretary to President Harding.

The entire party, including the drivers and Misses Marie Maddox and Elsie Allen, representing the Harding Girls' Club, then went into the Office of President Harding, where the Chief Executive thanked them for their efforts and extended his greetings to the Harding Girls' Club.

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