These Vintage Thanksgiving Photos Remind Us What It’s All About
Times have changed, but we still have so much to be grateful for: turkey, pumpkin pie, family and more.
Let's not forget vintage Thanksgiving photos, either. These old snapshots remind us what the season's all about.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Started in 1924 and Was Originally Known as the Macy's Christmas Parade
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Loved Carving the Annual Turkey for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Guests in 1933
Servicemen Were Served Free to Wish Them a Happy Thanksgiving in 1941
A Thanksgiving Party in London in 1942 Didn’t Look Much Different Than It Would Today
This Man Showed the Turkey Who’s Boss in New York City in 1945
Heavyweight Boxing Champ Joe Louis Helped His Daughter Dig in to Some Turkey in 1946
Joe DiMaggio Had to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner Left-Handed After an Operation
President Harry Truman Got a Piece of Plymouth Rock on Thanksgiving Day in 1949
U.S. Soldiers Still Enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner During Wartime in North Korea in 1950
President Truman Met the Turkey That Would Be Served at His Last Thanksgiving White House Dinner in 1952
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower Laughed at the Gobbling of This 40-Pound Bird Presented for Thanksgiving in 1957
What Would Be a Thanksgiving Parade Without Radio City Music Hall Rockettes?
Sandra Dee, Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida Cut the Turkey in Rome, Italy, While Filming 'Come September' in 1960
Big Thanksgiving Snacks and Football Go Way Back
Comedian Jimmy Durante Rode Jumbo the Elephant Around the Big Apple in 1962
Caroline Kennedy’s Pet Terrier, Charlie, Was Quite Curious About the Arrival of the White House’s Thanksgiving Bird
President Lyndon Johnson Sat at the Head of the Table With His Family on Thanksgiving in 1965
Comedian Phyllis Diller Found the Funny Bone of Her Turkey Friend
Susan Ford, President Ford’s Daughter, Took Their Dog Liberty on a Thanksgiving Walk in 1974
Donny Osmond Gave the People What They Want at the Macy's Parade in 1981
In 1984, the Presidential Turkey Wasn’t Intimidated by President Ronald Reagan in the Slightest
Even Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse Celebrate Thanksgiving
A Group of Native Americans in 1986 Hosted a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving in Remembrance of Their Ancestors
The Annual Macy’s Parade Doesn’t Always Go Smoothly. In 1986, Betty Boop Collapsed
A Live Radio Broadcast Was Made From New York City's Golden's Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day in 1988 With Comedian Jackie Mason and TV Personality Morton Downey Jr.
Volunteers Gathered at the U.S. Capitol Grounds to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Homeless Families
This White House Turkey in 1989 Weighed a Whopping 50 Pounds, and President George Bush Looks Delighted
Ronald McDonald Was Loving the 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
President-Elect Bill Clinton Served Turkey at a Shelter for Battered Women and Their Kids Back in 1992
Just Two Months After 9/11, Firefighters at the Broadway Firehouse in New York Gathered for a Bittersweet Meal
First Responders Joined the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2001 With Two Large Flag Banners to Represent the World Trade Center
Frying Turkeys at a Tailgate Party Before a Dallas Cowboys Game? Some Things Never Change
President George W. Bush Helped Wish Troops a Happy Thanksgiving in Baghdad
The First National Day of Mourning in Honor of Native Americans Was Held in 1970, and They’ve Become an Honored Tradition
An NBA Suspension Didn’t Stop Stephen Jackson From Serving Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless in 2004
Following Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Residents Needed These Handmade Turduckens to Lift Their Spirits
In 2005, the National Thanksgiving Turkey Was Spared and Sent to Be the Grand Marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His Name Was Marshmallow
Clowns at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006 Were a Little on the Creepy Side
U.S. Soldiers Bowed Their Heads in Prayer During a Thanksgiving Day Celebration in Afghanistan
This poignant photo was symbolic, but it also bears an important reminder. Psychologists have studied brain chemistry and confirmed that gratitude helps people press on during challenging times.
Even if times are tough, look for things to be grateful for. A slice of pie and a hand to hold are more special than they look.
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