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Day Turkeys: 1925

Day Turkeys: 1925

"W.S. Day of Greenwood Farm, Dawsonville, Maryland, Nov. 13, 1925." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Pets? Not so much

Mr. Day holds his two prized turkeys affectionately named
"Fried" and "Broiled"

Maryland turkeys alive and well (well, not really)

I went out this morning to pick up our fresh Maryland turkey at a farm in Howard County that's been selling them since 1937. Today's broad-breasted white is a long way from this fellow's colorful specimens, though.

I get 13

Anybody else?

Sure, he's all smiles now...

Back in the 1970s, my Grandpa had a big white turkey at his place that he considered his pet, named it "Tom." Tom would follow him around and let Grandpa hold him. We'd go visit, and Grandpa would usually pick up that turkey, start talking to him like he was a dog or cat, even carry him into the house and show him around ("Tom, look here, this is a TV, this is a couch," etc.). One day Grandpa was holding Tom (just like the guy in the photo), and Tom craned his neck over and took a hunk out of the bridge of Grandpa's nose. The blood ran everywhere. The friendship was over, and my Grandmother cooked Tom for Thanksgiving.

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