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Anticipation: 1940

Anticipation: 1940

November 28, 1940. Ledyard, Connecticut. "Family of T.L. Crouch. One of the Crouch children looking to see if the 'pudd'n' is ready for Thanksgiving dinner." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Love This!

This little boy is my uncle, and he stills lives just a couple of miles from where the picture was taken. I spoke to him the other day, and he has very clear memories of this day. My mother, who using some of the other pictures taken that day, also remembers.

Pots and pans and kettles oh! my!

Love the look of anticipation on the boy's face!

But what struck me even more is that my grandmother had the exact same heavy steel pot set! I still have the kettle and the low frying pan from that set and my sister has the pots and high frying pan. Quality that was built to last!

Most Thankfull!

I can't tell you how much I've learned about countless things from the comments on this site. I guess you might say we have an active database! Thanks tterrace and those who have submitted the happy history that many of us have witnessed in our lifetime. It brings warm memories and will be what the future Shorpy visitors will try to sort out as we do with the LOC photos.


This reminds me of some of the earliest memories I have.

When I was 4, my mom was ill with scarlet fever and I was (literally) farmed out to the tenants on the farm my mother bought but we never lived at (I am going to post a photo of the farm, now that it is fresh in my mind).

The Dutch family's (the Doktors) suppers were cooked on this same sort of stove and in the same sort of kitchen. More memorable than the meals were the endless graces said by the father. Dinner was served blistering hot and was "just right" by the time Grace ended.


I have a cousin who lives there but it is also the home of the famous Foxwoods Casino and is not far from Uncasville, Ct., which is the home of the Mohecan Sun Casino. The floor in this picture needs lots of repair work, the pot handles are great, I'm guessing the stove is pale green and cream and the wallpaper is most likely red designs with black accents on a cream background, I seem to remember these color combos somewhere in the back roads of my mind. I was living in southern Ct. when this picture was taken but I was not allowed to touch anything on the stove. Anywhere in New England is a great place to experience Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for this best ever website, it never fails to stir up memories that I thought were long gone. Hope ya'all have a fine family feast and love aplenty. I'm grateful for all you do for total strangers just to enrich our lives. Sincere thanks.

O ya!

Another satisfied Tterrace customer weighing in. I have a full mailbox everyday and Shorpy is the piece I open first--start my day out right. I'm thankful for all of you. I have lots of old photos but none of a quality good enough to submit, and certainly not the fabulous staging of Tterrace.

Re: Thanks also to

Ditto and of course to tterrace, whose weekend gifts on Shorpy are a real treat.

Thanks also to ...

..., besides Dave and Ken, to all the amazing talent Shorpy has attracted: stanton_square, Joe Manning, timeandagainphoto, and all those other users who know everything about everything and share their knowledge and experiences here.

[We also thank tterrace. No, we *especially* thank tterrace. On those weekends when the cupboard is bare, or think the cupboard is bare, then click on "Content" and, big ol' whew, see another example from his seemingly endless trove (it is endless, without limit, infinite and inexhaustible, right?) of phabulous photos. Oh, and Tony W. Can't forget him. I could go on, but pie awaits. - Dave]

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