37 Vintage Thanksgiving Photos From the Past Century

A young boy about to devour a slice of pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving bazaar at Calvary Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.

Original caption: Some pretty queer looking pedestrians can be observed at large gatherings at Broadway, but some of the creatures who make their way down the famed thoroughfare in the annual Macy Thanksgiving Parade are enough to faze even a taxi driver. Here throngs of New Yorkers jamming Columbus Circle gape as a flying fish swings onto Broadway from Central Park West.

A crowd watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City

Young “Thanksgiving maskers,” likely in New York City, between 1910 and 1915.

Young “Thanksgiving maskers,” New York City, between 1910 and 1915

Primary students sit for a photo before their Thanksgiving meal in their classroom.

Turkeys are sold in the outdoor markets on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on November 21, 1939.

Original caption: Pity the poor bird with a man like this. Getting down to the bare essentials is this earnest trencherman at the Thanksgiving dinner at New York City’s Municipal Lodging House, 25th Street and First Avenue on November 22, 1945.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes down Broadway in New York on November 27, 1930. The parade’s first giant balloons debuted in 1927.

Balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City, 1950s.

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