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Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving greeting cards began debuting in the late 19th century. For many, exchanging Thanksgiving greeting cards became a tradition much like that of holiday and Christmas cards. Postcards emerged from this tradition and for established companies like Raphael Tuck & Sons, the far reach of their high crafted, quality artwork and printing placed these pieces of art in the homes of country cottages to wealthy estates. A few of these Thanksgiving greetings passed through Oswegoland in the early 1900’s, with the patriotic turkey often at the forefront of well wishing! Enjoy the beautiful greetings and artwork along with some Thanksgiving history and facts this holiday.

Gobble up a slice of history with the postcards from the collection served alongside a few fun facts!


Thanksgiving Joys

For What We Receive This Thanksgiving Let Us Be Thankful


Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving Greetings

Football and Thanksgiving have a long tradition dating back to 1876 when Yale and Princeton first played on that day. At that time football was a hybrid of rugby and what is known as American football today.

Author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, Sarah Josepha Hale has been dubbed the “Mother of Thanksgiving” for her efforts in advocating for a national day of thanks in November and working tirelessly to promote unity within a divided nation prior to and during the Civil War.

The original Macy’s Day Parade route spanned six miles.

Due to an overestimated purchasing error in 1953 resulting in an abundance of frozen turkeys, Gerry Thomas, an innovative salesman at C.A. Swanson & Sons, ordered trays, created a dinner, established an assembly line operation and a success with the T.V. Dinner debuting in 1954.


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