A Day of Thanksgiving, 1951

From Lawrence, Kansas.

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UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): That’s 1951 in Lawrence, Kansas. In a time of tight budgets, no turkey for Thanksgiving. Reading The Virginian-Pilot today, we see that tough times calls for careful shopping, “The feasts will go on, with side order of bargain hunting“:

Turkey. Roast beef. Candied yams. Macaroni and cheese. Sweet potato pie. Potato salad. Peas. Cranberry sauce.

Laverne Johnson’s family will be eating well today. And don’t worry about dessert: Her sister will be bringing her highly rated chocolate cake. Like many Thanksgiving shoppers interviewed this week, Johnson said she wasn’t trimming back on her menu, despite the contracting economy. It’s a holiday, after all.

Echoing a common theme, though, she hunted a bit more ferociously for bargains this year.

What a prosperous age we live in. From AP, “Farmers work to preserve ancient turkey breeds“:

UPPERVILLE, Va. (AP) — At Ayrshire Farm, hundreds of Midget White and Bourbon Red turkeys move in a feathered, gobbling mass on a wind-swept pasture overlooking Virginia’s horse country.

These birds have longer legs and narrower breasts than the beachball-shaped turkey that will end up on many Thanksgiving Day tables. What they lack in heft, however, these heritage birds make up for in flavor, proponents say.

They also make it up in price: a 20-pound certified organic turkey from Ayrshire Farm costs $180.

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