Let's Talk Turkey - 1955

“Turkey – a dish that adds grace to every table!”

In this vintage cooking film, resident chef Marie Gifford shows how to prepare a turkey, not just for a 1955 Thanksgiving, but for turkey to enjoy 365 days a year.  

No longer do you need to be burdened by New York dressed turkeys, paying for and disposing of extra unneeded parts like the head or the feet.  

With the miracle of modern freezing technology, and developments at the FDA’s experimental laboratories in Beltsville, Maryland, you need only “pay for the meat you can eat.”  

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Thanksgiving Day Parade -1935

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, often shortened to Macy's Day Parade, is an annual parade presented by the U.S. chain store business Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, with both parades four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.

Dining Together - 1950

This is a story of a holiday and home.

Helping make ready a celebration is part of the fun. Especially for one of the nicest days of the year - Thanksgiving.

There is happiness in the air, and the smell of turkey.

Mmmmm, that does look good.

Thanksgiving is a day for the best of everything. And friends invited to dinner. We remember the pilgrims had only rough tables on which to serve the first Thanksgiving feast, yet it was shared with friendly Indians. It is good to share a holiday with friends. And it is good to have friends who like to come to our home.

Early Settlers of New England - 1940

Early Settlers of New England, an educational film produced in 1940, observes the daily lives of English settlers in the establishment of Naumkeag.  

Located along the Massachusetts coast, subsistence in the small village came from fishing, “abandoned” corn and goat milk.  As more colonists arrived and the infrastructure built-out, the town was re-christened Salem.  

Salem would later be known for contaminated rye fields and witch trials, for which Arthur Miller’s The Crucible would be based.

A Day of Thanksgiving - 1951

Thanksgiving in 1951 might not be as different for many today as it was back then.

Bill Johnson’s family can’t afford a turkey this year.  Dick, Tommy, Susan and baby Janet are devastated.  

But there is still much to be thankful for, especially in the shadow of what the world was like only a few short years before during World War II.  At that time, it was a world of refugees, barbaric oppression, where starvation was rampant and life was cheap.  

Poultry on the Farm - 1937

Welcome to Farmer Brown’s poultry farm, where he raises chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys.  

Visit the chicken coop where the head rooster rouses his harem of hens for breakfast.  White leghorn chickens lay an abundance of eggs which need to be incubated for healthy chicks to be born.

 Take a look within the shell as the chick develops over time, pecks its way through and grows from a downy baby chicken to a full-size adult within 2 months.   

Farmer Brown has some Plymouth Rock chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, as well.


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