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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.

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Poultry Coffin

It doesn't seem to me that a turkey delivered in a box that looks like a casket would be that appetizing.

It's His Shoes!

Forget the rest of the picture, I'm mesmerized by those shiny, sharp, stylish shoes he's wearing. What beautiful, well-turned out feet! Too bad they're busy laughing at his wrinkled, cuffed trousers. Didn't workingmen have "work shoes" in 1921? The other guy's, while completely congruous with his pants, come up short, dull and drab by comparison.

Also, from the look on his face, I can just hear that guy saying "Hurry up and take the goddamn picture, will 'ya?"

Mississippi Turkey

Turkey On Way to Harding

Crate for 35-Pound Bird Decorated
With Bunting and Flags.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 17. -- President Harding's Thanksgiving day turkey, a 35-pound bird, passed in state through here today destined for the White House table.

The bird was grown by M.H. Daily, prohibition commissioner of Mississippi, whose home is at Crystal Springs, and the crate in which the bird was confined was decorated with bunting and flags furnished by the American Legion post of that city.

Washington Post, Nov 18, 1921

Wonder what that bottle is for...

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