Vintage Strange Thanksgiving Postcards


A few weeks ago, while exploring the Hudson Valley like everyone else in Brooklynite would rather go higher than visit Manhattan, I came across a stack of old Thanksgiving postcards in a bookshop in Sugerties that made me laugh and smile. These fairly elegant, albeit sometimes disturbing images (um, is that a fork and knife sticking out of a live turkey?) Almost all of the images were created from 1900 to 1920 and often includes gold foil and other holiday details. While all of these cards are steeped in the era’s prevailing mythology about the holiday – which has historically been taught as a cumbaya type of Puritan and Wampanoag instead. The reality of genocide We can look back and laugh at the prevailing attitudes and how many of these misconceptions about peace-loving settlers persist.

Enjoy these paperback effects from yesterday. We hope you enjoy the holiday whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or other than thanks Or just relax on your day off.


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