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Thanksgiving

In the United States Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada - on the second Monday of October.

The tradition of Thanksgiving started with the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts. They first held a celebration of their harvest in 1621. The first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President George Washington in 1789. It became a holiday in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday in November should be celebrated as Thanksgiving. Since then it has been celebrated every year and is an official federal holiday that was moved to the fourth Thursday of November in 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Many cities have large parades on Thanksgiving Day. Perhaps the largest and most famous parade is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Another popular way to spend the day is watching NFL football.

The traditional food for the Thanksgiving meal includes a turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, vegetables, and pumpkin pie. Each year a live turkey is presented to the President of the United States who then "pardons" the turkey and it gets to live out its life on a farm.
Puck Thanksgiving 1905 / Hassman̄.
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Thanksgiving / J. Keppler.

Thanksgiving / J. Keppler.

Print shows Uncle Sam, Columbia, and Puck sitting at a table, ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner in a gallery with paintings on the wall in the background; Uncle Sam is gesturing toward these paintings... more

Thanksgiving day, 1884 - "let us be thankful!" / Gillam.

Thanksgiving day, 1884 - "let us be thankful!" / Gillam.

Illustration shows a glum Thanksgiving Day feast with the downtrodden Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine and his supporters "W.W. Phelps, [Roscoe Conkling at an open door], William Mahone, Cabot ... more

Thanksgiving day, 1885 / J. Keppler.

Thanksgiving day, 1885 / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows President Cleveland standing at the head of a table with his cabinet officers around the table at placemats labeled "Bayard, Manning, Garland, Whitney, Lamar, Endicott, [and] Vilas" as Puck d... more

The red letter days by the late Miss L.B. Humphrey

The red letter days by the late Miss L.B. Humphrey

Print shows Father Time labeled "The Old Year" with a group of children representing "New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Washington's Birthday, Easter Day, Fools' Day, May Day, Decoration Day, Arbor Day, Bunker H... more

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Poster shows a drawing of a turkey and pumpkins around a photo of a woman in a pilgrim dress preparing squash. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional go... more

Harper's round table - Thanksgiving number '95

Harper's round table - Thanksgiving number '95

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1895

Women's edition - The Press Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 27th 1895 / / Marianna Sloan.

Women's edition - The Press Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 27th 1895 / / Maria...

Poster announcing the Thanksgiving 1895 issue of the women's edition of The Press, showing two people standing before a notice posted on the wall of a room.

Thanksgiving / Dalrymple.

Thanksgiving / Dalrymple.

Print shows Mark Hanna about to carve a large turkey labeled "Presidency" resting on a gold platter labeled "Sound Money Vote"; newly elected president William McKinley is sitting at the head of the table, look... more

Thanksgiving Harpers illustraded features

Thanksgiving Harpers illustraded features

63084 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title devised by Library staff or Junior Fellows, 2... more

Thanksgiving dance, Oraibi, Arizona

Thanksgiving dance, Oraibi, Arizona

Photograph shows Hopi women and men performing autumn harvest dance, at Oraibi, Hopi Indian Reservation, Arizona, as others watch on and next to terraced houses. Title from item. No. 53428 Forms part of: Detroi... more

Thanksgiving Day lesson at Whittier

Thanksgiving Day lesson at Whittier

African American children learning about Thanksgiving, with model log cabin on table, Whittier Primary School, Hampton, Virginia] Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress). No. 9.

Bryan's thanksgiving / Dalrymple.

Bryan's thanksgiving / Dalrymple.

Print shows William Jennings Bryan chasing a turkey labeled "Nov. Election"; the tail feathers of the turkey are labeled with the states of the union, Bryan has managed to pull out the one labeled "Nebraska". T... more

The proper way to kill the White House turkey Now that the president's attention has been called to it by the humane officer he will doubtless have his Thanksgiving bird executed in this manner / / Bart.

The proper way to kill the White House turkey Now that the president's...

Newspaper clipping of cartoon showing Doctor Bixby giving a turkey chloroform as Theodore Roosevelt cries in the background.

Our international thanksgiving dinner / J.S. Pughe.

Our international thanksgiving dinner / J.S. Pughe.

Illustration shows Uncle Sam standing at a table with 7 seated, dour-looking figures showing the attributes of the rulers of "Japan" (Meiji, Emperor of Japan), "Italy" (Victor Emmanuel III), "France" (Emile Lou... more

President Turkey-- For what we did not receive let us be truly thankful! / J.S. Pughe.

President Turkey-- For what we did not receive let us be truly thankfu...

Illustration shows a large group of wild and domestic animals sitting around a table for the "Thanksgiving Banquet of the 'Survival of the Fittest' Club". Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 52, no. 1343 (1902... more

Sunset, November 1903--Thanksgiving number Sheridan

Sunset, November 1903--Thanksgiving number Sheridan

Two Stanford football players kneeling, and another man standing. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1903. Illustration used for Sunset Magazine. Printed by Sunset Press.

Puck Thanksgiving 1903 / L.M. Glackens.

Puck Thanksgiving 1903 / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration 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. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, ... more

The gobbler's dream / J.S. Pughe.

The gobbler's dream / J.S. Pughe.

Illustration shows a turkey sitting on a tree branch, dreaming of a "Vegetarian Pledge" and countless people lining up to sign their names, and all the wild and domestic animals laughing; in the lower right cor... more

Puck Thanksgiving 1905 / Hassman̄.

Puck Thanksgiving 1905 / Hassman̄.

Illustration shows a domestic servant carrying a large platter with a roast turkey raised above her shoulders to keep it away from a dog anxious for a taste. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 58, no. 1499 (1... more

A Thanksgiving truce / J.S. Pughe.

A Thanksgiving truce / J.S. Pughe.

Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt, wearing his rough rider uniform, sharing a feast with many wild animals sitting around a large banquet table in the wilderness. A bear is making a toast. "Teddy Jr.", wear... more

Puck Thanksgiving 1907 / L.M. Glackens.

Puck Thanksgiving 1907 / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt about to chop the head off a turkey labeled "Flim-Flam Finance" on the chopping block, the feathers are labeled "Worthless Collateral, Wild Cat Bank, Fake Bonds, Worthless ... more

Uneasy Turks / L.M. Glackens.

Uneasy Turks / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows two turkeys, one dressed as a Turk standing among smoking bombs and pumpkins, beneath clouds that rain axes, bombs, vegetables, pies, and rifles upon them. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v... more

Bringing in the Teddy-turk / K.

Bringing in the Teddy-turk / K.

Illustration shows a chef labeled "Special Privilege" holding a large platter on which rests a huge turkey with the face of Theodore Roosevelt; he is about to place the platter on a table around which sit sever... more

The cold gray dawn / K.

The cold gray dawn / K.

Illustration shows a disheveled Uncle Sam sitting at a messy table in a restaurant after a wild party where too much alcohol has been consumed, there are overturned chairs, and a man labeled "Capital" lies on t... more

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving Maskers

Thanksgiving Maskers

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving turkey

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving Maskers

Thanksgiving Maskers

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving Maskers

Thanksgiving Maskers

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... more

Buying Thanksgiving turkey

Buying Thanksgiving turkey

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving Maskers

Thanksgiving Maskers

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... more

Thanksgiving Puck 1910 / BBaker.

Thanksgiving Puck 1910 / BBaker.

Illustration shows a young boy sharpening a knife as he stands before a large turkey with its feet in stocks labeled 1910; the turkey is perspiring Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 68, no. 1760 (1910 Novemb... more

Doctor's orders / Keppler.

Doctor's orders / Keppler.

Illustration shows a man labeled "Trusts" sitting at a table spread with large dishes of food for a Thanksgiving Day feast, including a large turkey labeled "Restraint of Trade" and a bowl of soup, from which h... more

School children's Thanksgiving Games, 112711

School children's Thanksgiving Games, 112711

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... more

[Turkey, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving dinner]

[Turkey, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving dinner]

Title devised by cataloger. (DLC/PP-1934:0109). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress). Published as vignettes in: "Some Punkins. A Thanksgiving Ballad" by Arthur Guiterman, Good... more

Some punkins : a Thanksgiving ballad

Some punkins : a Thanksgiving ballad

Published as title illustration in "Some Punkins. A Thanksgiving Ballad" by Arthur Guiterman, Good Housekeeping, 53:690 (Nov. 1911). (DLC/PP-1934:0109). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library... more

La première danseuse / L.M. Glackens.

La première danseuse / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows Uncle Sam offering a bunch of celery as a bouquet to a turkey wearing a woman's dance costume, dancing on a stage. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 72, no. 1864 (1912 November 20), cover.... more

Thanksgiving : a study in proportion / Keppler.

Thanksgiving : a study in proportion / Keppler.

Illustration shows a pile of oversized items that are used to fill leisure time, such as golf clubs, a shotgun, a football, a riding crop, a theater mask, and a horn, also a large turkey, celery, cranberries, a... more

Thanksgiving Puck / L.M. Glackens.

Thanksgiving Puck / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a large turkey, a jug of alcohol, and a pie with their feet locked in stocks and a long line of pilgrims dancing around them. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 74, no. 1916 (1913 November ... more

Lawyers at least have plenty to be thankful for / Keppler.

Lawyers at least have plenty to be thankful for / Keppler.

Illustration shows a horde of lawyers using various cutting implements to carve a large turkey labeled "Income Tax Litigation" and are hauling away pieces for themselves. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 74... more