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Thanksgiving Family Photos

Thanksgiving family photos & traditions Read more >>

In the United States, the tradition of Thanksgiving is traced back to the early 1600's and a celebration with Native Americans. Around the world, however, there has been a tradition for centuries of celebrating the blessings of a good harvest. Good & plentiful food, friends and family are the only requirements for a good Thanksgiving.

Sometimes, however, not only food and love are the hallmarks of a great Thanksgiving. Look through these old photos and see if you can recognize some of these Thanksgiving traditions! << Read less
An Illustration from Puck Magazine ( L.M. Glackens. illustrator) shows a scene in a kitchen with a young woman preparing a pie while four young children watch; there is a dead turkey on a table and a large pumpkin on the floor.
Rear view of 3 unknown men, each carrying a turkey over his shoulder, on road. The turkeys were won at a raffle.
People shopping for Thanksgiving in 1919. Not quite your modern supermarket!
The Thanksgiving turkey at the home of Timothy Levy Crouch. Ledyard, Connecticut.
The Wayman Fincham family of Maryland celebrating Thanksgiving in 1942. The six Fincham sons were in WW II (in the Coast Guard) and all but 2 of them were home for Thanksgiving. (The eldest was overseas fighting and the youngest was in boot camp.) Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Hollem, Howard R., photographer
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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
An illustration of Thanksgiving 1896 by Alice Barber Stephens titled "Over-indulgence - a spoiled Thanksgiving" Seems that it is the human condition to eat too much at Thanksgiving! Illustration courtesy of the Library of Congress, Alice Barber Stephens, artist
Chaplin, Czaplicki Joseph E Sr. Father of Joseph Chaplin. Name was Anglicized in the 40s or 50s. Father of Herman and Adele. Married and widowed of Sophia Kuklinkska and this photo shows his 2nd wife, Sophie. Her maiden name unknown. "Pop" we called him. He was from Poland. Came in via Russia on Barbaros style ship May 8, 1921.
A woman sitting on her porch plucking the Thanksgiving turkey while a man looks on. Oh yes, Thanksgiving is women's work! Look at the pile of feathers at her feet - then look at how much of the turkey she has plucked. This must haven taken hours. And you have to get all the pinfeathers, too. I like today; go to a store, buy a naked turkey, stick in the oven! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Alfred S Campbell
My grandparents dressed as pilgrims at Thanksgiving in San Bruno, California! This is a photo of my mother's ( Pam Cassidy ) parents. These beautiful Thanksgiving pilgrims are Tom Rogalski and his wife Terry Vizcaino Rogalski.
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Found the photo in an old book, and it has the studio marking of Henry E. Nelson, Salisbury, MD on the front and December 1955 on the back - anyone recognize the little Indians or Santa?)
This is a photo of Whidden and Woodal Thanksgiving added by Kendal Destin on February 24, 2013.
Barrineau Family Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania 1955 or 1956: Far back of the table: Herbert Benjamin Barrineau. On his left (your right) : Robert Charles Barrineau (1934-2008), Frank Paul Sr. (deceased), Deloris Loraine Barrineau, Paul Vandergift Faust, Gertrude Barrineau Kornegay Jones, Irene Barrineau Riess, Rose Marie Fujie Barrineau Immerfall, Mary Agnes Martin (Marcinic) Barrineau, on her lap Linda Lee Paul. On his right: Aunt Helen from Czechoslovakia (Her husband is taking the pics), Richard Eugene Barrineau, Millard Fillmore (Mickey) Barrineau, Gerald Thomas (Jerry) Barrineau, Mary Annebella (Me) Barrineau Lynch, Frank (Lil Franky) Paul. There are two(2) family members missing and they are: Herbert Benjamin Barrineau Jr. (1932-1974) and James Barrineau (was in the Korean War at that time)
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Maloff Family at dinner at Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, CA circa 1951. No information was given on the name of the people
This is a photo of The Chap Book--Thanksgiving no. / Will H Bradley. added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
Front and back cover of magazine, with front an illustration of woman with bowl of fruit amid fruit trees and corn. Advertisements on back cover for Royal baking powder, Baker's cocoa, Liebig's extract of beef, and Geo. Rigg's Old Bleach Linens.
This is a photo of Thanksgiving : a study in proportion / Keppler. added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
This is a photo of Puck Thanksgiving 1907 / L.M. Glackens. added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
This is a photo of Puck Thanksgiving 1905 / Hassman̄. added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
This is a photo of Puck Thanksgiving 1904 / L.M. Glackens. added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
This is a photo of [A festive moment : Thanksgiving Day] added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Over-indulgence--a spoiled Thanksgiving added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
"He also serves who stands and waits" on sign; "income yielding bonds and stocks" on turkey.
Published as cover of: The Youth's Companion. In mat with watercolor signed "Frederic Emerson."
This is a photo of Thanksgiving festivities / Keppler. added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Our international thanksgiving dinner / J.S. Pughe. added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Another cause for thanksgiving / Keppler. added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
President Teddy Roosevelt signing the Thanksgiving Proclamation Act in 1902. President Franklin Roosevelt (Teddy was his cousin and Eleanor's uncle) moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939 to give Americans more time to shop for Christmas! The text of the Proclamation: THANKSGIVING DAY – 1902 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION According to the yearly custom of our people, it falls upon the President at this season to appoint a day of festival and thanksgiving to God. Over a century and a quarter has passed since this country took its place among the nations of the earth, and during that time we have had, on the whole, more to be thankful for than has fallen to the lot of any other people. Generation after generation has grown to manhood and passed away. Each has had to bear its peculiar burdens, each to face its special crisis, and each has known cares of grim trial, when the country was menaced by malice domestic or foreign levy, when the hand of the Lord was heavy upon it in drought or flood or pestilence, when in bodily distress and in anguish of soul it paid the penalty of folly and a froward heart. Nevertheless, decade by decade we have struggled onward and upward; we now abundantly enjoy material well-being, and under the favor of the Most High we are striving earnestly to achieve moral and spiritual uplifting. The year that has just closed has been one of peace and of overflowing plenty. Rarely has any people enjoyed greater prosperity than we are now enjoying. For this we render heartfelt thanks to the giver of Good; and we will seek to praise Him, not by words only, but by deeds, by the way in which we do our duty to ourselves and to our fellow-men. Now, wherefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby designate as a day of general thanksgiving, Thursday, the twenty-seventh of the coming November, and do recommend that throughout the land the people cease from their ordinary occupations, and in their several homes and places of worship render thanks unto Almighty God for the manifold blessings of the past year. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-seventh. THEODORE ROOSEVELT
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Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Oct 27, 1858 - 1919
An engraving of a scene of New York City - "Washington Market" at Thanksgiving
This is a photo of Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving dinner added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Ambassadors and royalties witnessing the Thanksgiving... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
PAN AMERICAN MASS. THANKSGIVING DAY AT ST. PATRICK'S. CROWDS LEAVING ST. PATRICK'S. MIN. NAON, CENTER, MONS. DOUGHERTY; CARDINAL GIBBONS; DR. BURNS
This is a photo of Scramble for pennies - Thanksgiving added by Ancient Faces on January 7, 2012.
This is a photo of Thanksgiving scene in ye old Plymouth colony added by Ancient Faces on January 7, 2012.
This is a photo of Home to Thanksgiving added by Ancient Faces on January 7, 2012.
This is a photo of Pres. & Mrs. Coolidge, Thanksgiving Day, [11/26/25] added by Ancient Faces on January 6, 2012.
This is a photo of A Thanksgiving ghost added by Ancient Faces on January 3, 2012.
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