A few weeks ago, while exploring the Hudson Valley like all other Brooklyn folks who would rather travel upstate than visit Manhattan, I came across a store of vintage Thanksgiving postcards at a bookstore in the Saugerties that made me laugh and smile. These rather elegant, albeit sometimes disturbing (um, is it a fork and knife sticking out of a live turkey?) Images were all created around 1900 to 1920 and often contains gold foil and other holiday details. While all these cards are bathed in the era’s prevailing myths about the holiday – which was historically taught as a kind of kumbaya by Puritans and Wampanoag instead of its genocidal reality – we can look back and laugh at the prevailing attitudes and how many of the same misconceptions about peace lovers settlers are left.
Enjoy these paper relics of the past. We hope you enjoy the holiday, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or Unthanksgiving or just relaxing on your day off.
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