Thanksgiving Treasures features a sweet Pilgrim boy bringing home Thanksgiving Dinner.
A Clapsaddle Holiday Card
Known for her charming holiday post cards, Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934) was perhaps the most prolific of the artists working during the Golden Age of postcards. Her cards were primarily printed by the International Art Publishing Co. Ltd. of New York. There were two different versions of this card – one where the boy is on the left and a mirror reverse that has him on the right of the turkey. I’ve seen dates for them of 1919 and 1921.
A cute little boy, wearing a Pilgrim hat, short pants and coat is carrying a musket in one hand and Thanksgiving dinner in the other. While I know most of us will be enjoying a beautiful turkey on Thanksgiving Day, I’m a bit on the fence about greeting cards featuring their demise. While the little Pilgrim boy is pure Clapsaddle cuteness, the turkey is held up-side-down and no longer with us. It does, however, include a message of thanksgiving for all that nature provides us:
for thrifty Homes and Fireside.
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