Classic Thanksgivings

From iconic images of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to FDR digging into a turkey, see photos from the '30s, '40s, all the way through to the '80s.

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The Parade, 1940

A helium-inflated Superman rises over the Times Square crowd to lead the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1940.

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Joan Crawford, c. 1930

American actress Joan Crawford carves a Thanksgiving turkey, a pose a lot of stars were asked to strike back then.

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Joe DiMaggio, 1947

Joe DiMaggio enjoys his Thanksgiving dinner in New York. Nov. 27, 1947.

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The Parade, 1949

Children at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, 1949.

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Virginia Gibson, 1952

American actress Virginia Gibson in a glamorous version of puritan costume, rides a giant Turkey, circa 1952.

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The Parade, 1988

A massive Snoopy balloon floats past a family's living room window during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, 1930s

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney make a wish.

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John-John, 1964

John F. Kennedy Jr. on his uncle Ted Kennedy's back on the slopes in Stowe, Vermont, in 1964.

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The Parade, 1981

Young women from the Homewood Patriot Band, in Alabama perform a dance routine at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Joe Louis, 1946

Heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis helps his daughter, Jacqueline, 3, bite a turkey drumstick as his wife Marva looks on. November 28, 1946.

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The Eisenhowers, 1957

First lady Mamie Eisenhower is amused by the gobbling of a 40-pound tom turkey presented to her at the White House on. Nov. 14, 1957

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The Parade, 1930

The Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade passes down Broadway in New York, Nov. 27, 1930.

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Jackie O., 1980

Jackie Onassis is shown on horseback in the traditional Essex Fox Hounds Meeting, the annual Thanksgiving Day hunt at the Ellistan Estate in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 27, 1980.

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Penn Station, 1944

Pennsylvania Station in New York City is jammed with people during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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FDR, 1938

Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the Thanksgiving turkey on his visit to the patients of the Warm Springs, Georgia, Foundation. Nov. 25, 1938.

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The Parade, 1933

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade looked a whole lot different in 1933.

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Picking a Turkey, 1955

An American family picks out their Christmas turkey from a flock. circa 1955


Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, 1943

Freedom from Want poster by Norman Rockwell.