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.

A giant spaceman balloon looms over the crowd watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City, early 1950s.

Two actresses pose for Thanksgiving photos. Left: Actress Jeanne Crain is sharpening her ax and looking at a turkey on November 11, 1946. Right: Wearing a costume that is half-Puritan, half-chorus girl, actress Marilyn Monroe seems to have little desire to hunt turkey after finding this gobbler on November 10, 1950.

Sixty small children from New York’s tenements ate a turkey-less Thanksgiving dinner (of beef loaf) November 20, 1940, and dropped 120 pennies in a plate in front of an empty place representing war-afflicted British children overseas. The pennies will be sent to purchase food for British youngsters. Saying grace before the turkey-shaped loaf are (from left) Theadore Timms, Margaret Mackin, 4; John Hanley, 5; Joan Barthelmess, 5, and Edward Sloconi, 5.

Thanksgiving dinner at a Pennsylvania country house circa 1940.

This African American sharecropper family of six found nothing in the way of delicacies on their Thanksgiving table on November 23, 1939. They were satisfied with a half-gallon fruit jar of picked tomatoes and here the family is saying grace. They were members of a group near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a remnant of sharecroppers who engaged in a roadside demonstration in southeast Missouri in January of 1939, protesting their economic status.

Clotheslines with wash hanging provide a backdrop as Nicky, age 5, enjoys a turkey drumstick while sitting on the windowsill at the Army's Nursery.

Thanksgiving turkeys from Minnesota, on the way to the president of the U.S., on November 26, 1929.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the turkey during the annual Thanksgiving dinner for polio patients at Warm Springs, Georgia, with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt smiling beside him, on December 1, 1933

President Harry S. Truman squints as he fingers the wattle of a 35-pound Tom Turkey from Oregon as it is presented to him, in the White House Rose Garden on November 18, 1952.

President Eisenhower and his family enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the president's vacation retreat at the Augusta, Georgia National Golf Course, on November 29, 1953.

Presentation of a Thanksgiving turkey to President Kennedy on November 19, 1963

President Johnson was presented with this 40-pound broad-breasted white Tom Thanksgiving turkey at the White House November 16.

President Eisenhower's Thanksgiving turkey, presented annually by the turkey industry, is received by Vice President Richard Nixon at a capitol ceremony.

President Ronald Reagan reacts during a ceremony to receive the Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation in the Rose Garden on November 23, 1987.

President Clinton, flanked by National Turkey Federation (NTF) chairman Frank Gessell, left, and NTF secretary treasurer Jerry Jerome, watch a 45-pound turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House on November 24, 1998, where the president, in a pre-Thanksgiving tradition, pardoned the bird. The bird will be sent to the Frying Pan Park in Fairfax, Virginia.

A turkey named "Liberty" surprises President George W. Bush at the annual turkey pardoning event at the White House, three days ahead of Thanksgiving, on November 19, 2001.

Tater and Tot, the national Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate, are shown to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation on November 22, 2016, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. The two turkeys will both be "pardoned" following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for November 23.

On November 25, 1987, hundreds of commuters and vacation travelers heading home for the Thanksgiving holidays are forced to wait at New York's Grand Central Terminal after a signal box on the Metro-North track caught fire, delaying traffic.

Thousands of turkeys mill about the barn on Dan Gregory's farm in Loogootee, Indiana, on November 26, 1996.

The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats down Sixth Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014.






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