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Talking Turkey

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Today may be Black Friday, but here at The New York Public Library, we're still talking turkey.

While you're digesting yesterday's meal, feast your eyes on this: vintage Thanksgiving greeting cards from the early 20th century, along with seasonal posters and menus. The majestic turkey figures heavily in the images below, spreading its wings, basking in patriotic fanfare, and even driving a car. But pumpkins get equal play -- such as the weird, whimsical image of frogs playing see-saw on the succulent squash, an illustration from an 1897 Thanksgiving day menu.

View more holiday postcards in NYPL's Digital Gallery, and learn about their place -- depicting an American "landscape of the imagination" -- in our pop culture and art history.

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