Thanksgiving Maskers circa 1910

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Thanksgiving maskers were children who dressed up on the last Thursday of November and begged for fruit and money. (This was before Halloween was celebrated.) There was a large uproar about this practice - newspapers denounced parents who allowed their children to follow this "hooligan" practice. These children look like they were having fun!

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
in USA


AncientFaces Hooligans dressed as hooligans? These arenโ€™t children dressed in Halloween costumes, but Thanksgiving maskers. Especially popular among New York City, children would wear often disturbing costumes, looking disheveled and homely, as they went door to door asking for sweets & pennies. By 1924, with the introduction of the Macyโ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Thanksgiving masking tradition slowly discontinued until eventually merging with the Halloween traditions of today.
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