Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we continue our glance back at Thanksgivings past.  Last week, we talked about football, and President McKinley’s Thanksgiving proclamation.  If you missed it, click here for that post.

Today, we’re talking turkey.  Here’s a November 25, 1880 New York Times article, which details the abundance for sale – enough to make feast tables nearly groan with the weight of it all:

For the rest of the article, click here.

How can you spot a good turkey?  The “marketman” has some advice:

Norman Rockwell print, first published in “The Country Gentleman,” 1917. Image via best-norman-rockwell-art.com


Don’t you just love the part about the turkey’s “pleasant expression”?

What about slicing up the bird once it’s cooked and on your table?  Catharine Beecher, sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe, provides us with detailed instructions, along with hostess etiquette, in her 1843 Treatise on Domestic Economy:

Links for more Thanksgiving-related stuff, past and present:

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards

Menu from Thanksgiving 1895

What do workers in Chinese restaurants and the Thanksgiving holiday have in common?  Jan Whitaker’s post explains.


Do you enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving, or do you have a less-traditional meal you prefer?  Whatever you serve, enjoy your holiday!

Until next time,


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