HAPPY THANKSGIVING | HOMAGE TO THE TURKEY

No turkeys were harmed or killed during the production of this post. Please enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with our warmest regards.

–The Selvedge Yard.

You know I love just about anything on wheels-- well this makes my tryptometer redline, baby.

Circa 1910, postcard by Frances Brundage. You know I love anything on wheels…

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Circa 1934 — Max Baer, world’s heavyweight boxing champion, gathering his Thanksgiving dinner. — Image by © Bettmann.

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“I’ll take a leg, please…”

Marilyn Monroe as vixen pilgrim, circa 1950.  Adelle August as ‘the angel of turkey death’, circa 1954  – Images by © Bettmann.

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Jeanne Crain has an axe to grind with a certain turkey, circa 1946.  (Bettie Page, left) Queens of the the 33rd annual Roseland Thanksgiving Eve ball in New York. circa 1951. — Images by © Bettmann.

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Carole Robert, circa 1950. Blackfeet tribe of the Glacier National Park reservation, circa 1926. — Images by © Underwood & Underwood.

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‘I don’t like this anymore than you do… ” — Actress Louise Lorraine, circa 1920s. — Image by © John Springer Collection.

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"Here turkey, turkey..." --circa 1930s.

“Here turkey, turkey…” kids gettin’ in on the fun of  killin’ turkeys and such –circa 1930s.

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“I’ll show you mine,  if you show me yours…” Circa 1939. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection.

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Yes, there are proper ways to handle a turkey.  And they used to bring ‘em home live and prepare ‘em fresh.  No “Butterballs” back then– you had to get yer’ hands dirty.  Circa 1930s & ’40s. — Images by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection.

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Circa 1950, New York, NY.  Looking a gift turkey in the eye, Jimmy Durante ‘noses’ up to the gobbler presented to him in preparation for his role as Grand Marshal of the annual Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jimmy is taking good care of the bird to make certain it can make the long march down Broadway with an impressive array of floats and floating giants. — Image by © Bettmann.

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Circa 1954, Washington, DC, USA — President Eisenhower seems highly pleased with the 43-pound Kentucky Colonel turkey from the blue-grass state, presented to him at the White House by Peary Browning (right) of Winchester, Kentucky, president of the National Turkey Federation.  The Thanksgiving bird was selected from a flock of 100,000 at Browning’s farm. — Image by © Bettman.

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Circa 1950, Washington, DC.  President Truman is shown as he received the first of a number of turkeys which are presented to him annually for Thanksgiving.  The turkey, a 35-pound white holland tom, was presented by the National Turkey Federation and National Poultry and Egg Board. — Image by © Bettmann.

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I can see in LBJ’s eyes he’s thinkin’– “I betcha this turkey would like to see my scar.”

Circa 1967, Washington, DC.  President Johnson was presented with this 40-pound broad-breasted white Tom Thanksgiving turkey at the White House November 16. Senator Everett M. Dirksen, Republican–Illinois, made the presentation for the National Turkey Federation. — Image by © Bettmann.

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I call this– “It takes one to know one…”  Isn’t that the saying?

Circa 1955, Washington, DC.  “Howdy, Mr. Gobbler” –President Eisenhower’s thanksgiving turkey, presented annually by the Turkey industry, is received by Vice President Richard Nixon at a capitol ceremony. Looking on from left as Mr. Nixon accepts the 40-pound bird on behalf of the Chief Executive are: Stanley Marsden, Beltsville, Md.; Charles W. Wampler, Harrisonburg, Va.; Leslie S. Hubbard, Lancaster, PA., and Chester Housh, Elton, VA., President of the National Turkey Foundation. — Image by © Bettmann.

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For great vintage shots of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade CLICK HERE.

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