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November 28, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Talkin’ turkey or weird harvest.

Woman holding turkey on platter. Thanksgiving card. (!890's-1900) (USPD., artist life/

“Oh, hi there. Despite living in the wilderness, you can see we find no reason not to prepare a delicious home cooked meal, then dress stylishly for al fresco dining. Please note the seasonally elegant, natural hay decorations that add a festive flare to the feast.” (Thanksgiving card: 1890’s-1900.USPD/

Portraits and post cards were the Facebook of their day.

Just to show the folks back home how great things were going and what they were missing.

No way to contradict.

Still attempted today.

Two turkeys on Thanksgiving card. (Newberry Library/USPD. artist life,

Strutting out in their finest responding to a lovely invitation. (USPD/

A dark meet.

See. Now there’s the first betrayal: It says “cordial”.

Cordial as in “showing or marked by warm and often hearty friendliness”

Obviously a lure.

Geesh. It should have been enough when they said they could hardly wait to see you dressed for dinner.

Run, turkeys, run!  Or at least hop and flap quickly.

Thanksgiving greetings with Jack-o-Lantern in straw hat with turkey. (Newberry Library/, artists life/

Times have changed. Now it’s the turkey that’s smokin’. (USPD/

Early attempt at holiday combo marketing. 

A misstep with creepy Jack O’Lantern leering over a holiday known for family gatherings.

Or did Marketing get blindsided that seasonal interest would select a Mardi-Gras style Halloween over celebrating a good harvest, and, then, merrily rush right on to Christmas.

Thanksgiving only a speed bump as a day off and the opening day of the holiday gift giving sales.

Also possibly a modern society’s dietary preference shift: Halloween candy and Christmas’ sweets over the healthier choices of turkey meat and pumpkin pie. Hey, pumpkin pie is a fruit pie. Fruit!

Two children at Thanksgiving table. before 1903. (USPD.artist life, pub. date/

If you’re the youngest in the family, you know gratitude if there’s any white meat left on the plate when it gets to you. Never a fan of drumsticks. Why do they think kids want the drumstick? Sigh.(1903/USPD/

How many of our holidays are food focused?…hmmm, a surprising number. Think about it.

Odd. Maybe some DNA driven instinct from uncertain times of Dino predator avoidance days or hunter-gatherer era.

The sun goes up. The sun goes down. The sun comes up again.

Harvest all your here and nows.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge




  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 28 2019 6:41 am

    the girl on the greeting card looks a little scary to me… I would fear her teeth would land in my skin instead in the turkey LOL Happy thanksgiving


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 28 2019 9:18 am

      Crazy teeth probably the result of being forced to gnaw turkey legs …at least that was my story HaHa
      Paws up for a day of being thankful


  2. beth / Nov 28 2019 6:54 am

    Scary and happy thanksgiving to you )


  3. shoreacres / Nov 28 2019 7:12 am

    Pumpkin is a fruit pie! Blessedly, my grandmother always believed that fruit pie was a perfect breakfast food: apple with cheddar, cherry, rhubarb/strawberry. Yum.

    My one Thanksgiving observation: attempting to cook while moving can be amusing. Precisely how that rolling pin ended up in the bedroom closet, I’m not sure. At least I found it — while looking for my car keys.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 2 2019 12:27 pm

      Thanksgiving was wonderful, Shortly you’ll be snug and warm – and rested – in your new nest. Lots to be thankful for. Cheers!


  4. Kate Crimmins / Nov 28 2019 7:14 am

    I think pumpkin pie is a vegetable pie. Still good!


  5. pensitivity101 / Nov 28 2019 8:12 am

    Love the cards. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


  6. marina kanavaki / Nov 28 2019 9:49 am

    Poor turkeys 🥴🙄… When I was very little I drew a family of jaws going round visiting during Christmas holidays, if I recall the name of the family was ‘the Jawsies’ (in greek!) Not much has changed! 😉 Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 2 2019 12:24 pm

      What a funny and clever drawing with the “Jawsies” So appropriate! Thanks for your good wishes and hope you are smiling along through the year, too


  7. Littlesundog / Nov 28 2019 7:57 pm

    Seeing the haystacks on the first image reminds me of my bro-in-law in Nebraska. Every year (without being asked) he goes out to a cornfield to find just right stalks to make a haystack for my sister for the entry of their driveway. I guess his dad always did this for his mother, who loved to decorate for the holidays. I think it’s romantic. Anyhoo, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration today. We spent our day with friends who also are “misfits” with no family nearby. It’s a lot of fun.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 2 2019 12:23 pm

      What a lovely tradition. I’ve only seen the bales and rolls of hay around here – but those stacks remind me of the sugarcane one rural neighbor tied up after harvest when we were little.
      We had the same mismatched lunch crowd here – which was fine – relaxed and warm. I even managed to find some leaves to slush round in – that sound and leaves – memories of Thanksgivings in the country years ago. Hope you are enjoying the best time of year outdoors.

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Nov 30 2019 1:34 pm

    Love these old cards! Wish you were here – shades of Facebook for sure.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 2 2019 12:18 pm

      You just have to smile. The more people change the more they stay the same. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving


  9. Kirt D Tisdale / Dec 3 2019 3:41 pm

    love all of those greeting cards…great finds


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