As you get ready to kick back and celebrate Thanksgiving with wine, turkey — and more wine — we invite you to take a look at how America celebrated Thanksgiving in the early 20th century. We rounded up photos, cartoons (of the silly and the political sort), dinner menus, and advertisements that paint a picture of a Thanksgiving holiday celebration that’s more familiar than you might expect….

1902 – The Ideal Cook Book by Annie R. Gregory, assisted by one thousand homekeepers.

The ideal cook book

 

1905- The Argonaut – Advertisement For A Holiday Box From A Company In San Francisco

 1905- The Argonaut - Advertisement For A Holiday Box From A Company In San Francisco

 

1905 – The Missionary Visitor – Dinner At The Brooklyn Mission

1905 - The Missionary Visitor - Dinner At The Brooklyn Mission

 

1907 – The Farmer’s Boy by Clifton Johnson

1907 - The Farmer's Boy by Clifton Johnson

 

1908 – The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics

The Boston Cooking School magazine of culinary science and domestic economics

And their suggested dinner menu…

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1911 – Caricature: Wit and Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song and Story illustrated by Grant E. Hamilton [and others]

1911 - Caricature: Wit and Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song and Story Illustrated by Grant E. Hamilton

 

1912 – Library of Congress: “Taking home turkies [sic] from raffle”

taking home turkies from raffle

 

1912 – The Baltimore and Ohio Employees Magazine – A two-page Thanksgiving-themed marketing campaign pitching ‘Railroad Men’ to purchase homes on ‘purchase plan.’

The Baltimore and Ohio employees magazine

 

1913 – The Christian Herald: “The Bread Line’s Saving Power” at The Bowery Mission (New York)

The Bread Line's Saving Power

 

1913 – Puck – Political cartoon recognizing that someone (the lawyers) would be thankful about the passage of the Revenue Act of 1913 (aka the Federal Income Tax)

Political cartoon recognizing that someone (the lawyers) would be thankful about the passage of the Revenue Act of 1913

 

1919 – American Cookery (Formerly The Boston Cooking-School Magazine)

1919 - American Cookery

1939 – Library of Congress: “Farmer selling Thanksgiving turkey to farmer outside warehouse where tobacco auction sales are being held. Durham, North Carolina”

Farmer selling Thanksgiving turkey to farmer outside warehouse where tobacco auction sales are being held. Durham, North Carolina

 

1940 – Library of Congress: “Sign on restaurant window during Thanksgiving week in South Boston, Virginia”

Sign on restaurant window during Thanksgiving week in South Boston, Virginia

1940 – Library of Congress: “Mrs. T. M. Crouch, of Ledyard. Connecticut pouring some water over her twenty-pound turkey on Thanksgiving Day”

Mrs. T. M. Crouch, of Ledyard. Connecticut pouring some water over her twenty-pound turkey on Thanksgiving Day

1940 – Library of Congress: “The family of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerine Quaker, at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. A twenty-pound turkey was dispensed with in short order.”

The family of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerine Quaker, at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. A twenty-pound turkey was dispensed with in short order.

1942 – Library of Congress: “Neffsville, Pennsylvania. Thanksgiving dinner at the house of Earle Landis.”

Neffsville, Pennsylvania. Thanksgiving dinner at the house of Earle Landis