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The Kids' Table: 1940

The Kids' Table: 1940

November 28, 1940. Ledyard, Connecticut. "The family of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker, at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. A twenty-pound turkey was dispensed with in short order." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Ribs. Definitely ribs.

This is one of those fine points you pick up during a culinary career. A celery stalk is the thing you buy at the store. It's made up of a number of ribs, which you either cut into the soup or slice for the relish tray.

When I was cleaning up my massive MasterCook database a few years ago, I ended up running a filter on "celery" so I could be sure of finding every place some other person on the Net had written "stalk" so I could correct it down to "rib". (You put two whole stalks of celery in something, you won't taste nothing but celery.)

Thought they looked familiar

Happy Turkey Day!

I hope everyone here at Shorpy has a wonderful Thanksgiving today. Eat plenty of good food, watch lots of great football, and enjoy the time with family and friends. There's a piece of pumpkin pie in the kitchen with name on it.

Wonderful Days

Not one person looking at their phone or taking a picture of their meal.


Much as I am intrigued by Bike Bubba’s suggestion of the dynamic in the foreground, it appears to me that the pretty blonde girl is engaged directly with the boy sitting across from her. Is he a cousin? Does she like him very much? Or is he an annoyance? Her ambiguous look does not give it away. The 78-year-old mystery remains. (As for the girl with the classic bow barrette at the end of the table, she is entirely absorbed with herself.)

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans, from a neighbor and friend to the north.

Can Anyone say "Food Fight"?

In a controlled way. And for good reason. Looks like a no-nonsense house.

Glasses half empty or full?

Checking the glasses out I do not see anything to drink at either table. Art or religion, I don't know. And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating.


Patricia M. Schaefer wrote an interesting article about the Rogerenes in the New London area:

The Rogerenes Leave Their Mark on Connecticut Society.

So many boys

Timothy L. Crouch Sr. (60), wife Evelyn, sons living at home in 1940: Leonard, Roger, Robert, Raymond, Harvey, Paul, and Arthur (ages 24-11). Tim and Evelyn had three older sons and three daughters not living at home (total kids: 13!).

According to the 1940 Census, Timothy and several of his sons worked as tombstone makers/dealers. Timothy died in 1949.


Where you could sit without being told to "Get those elbows off the table!"

And you could probably get by without taking any vegetables.

The infamous kids' table

When you're a kid, you want to sit at the main table. As an adult, the kids' table looks pretty good!

Celery Stalks, or do you say Ribs?

Does anyone still set out celery at a holiday table? I bet there's a relish tray somewhere on one of the tables pictured here. That's where we always had the celery, trimmed, strings stripped and stacked like cordwood. I always put a relish tray on the table at gatherings but I haven't included celery in years. I will tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving to all and especially to the folks at Shorpy who give me something to look forward to whenever I'm online.


To all Shorpy fans and a desire that their Thanksgiving is a grand one with family and friends.

Tucking in

They seem so serious for such a festive occasion! I also think the boy at lower left is grossing out the poor little girl to his left at the kids' table with a gigantic bite of mashed potatoes in a wide-open mouth.

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