When the holidays roll around, we always look forward to spending time with friends and family. And while we pass the turkey and the sides of mashed potatoes, our thoughts often drift to those that aren’t at the table. Whether they are away at school, sick in the hospital, or serving our country overseas, most of us are missing someone at our table each year. You may not be able to ship a whole turkey across state lines, but you can send your love through a card to let your loved one know you are thinking of them. [related]
But when we think about holiday cards, we usually divert to the big winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, barely considering Thanksgiving. However, the Thanksgiving holiday card trend was bigger in the days of old, with cards often etched with quirky poems and even quirkier images. We found some of the prettiest and strangest cards that show everything from a beautiful sit-down dinner display to a slightly disturbing turkey murder. The cards range in age, but are mostly from the early 20th century, and are brought to life by some of the most interesting greetings we could have ever imagined.
Take a stroll down memory lane and learn how families used to say "Happy Thanksgiving" to one another. And if you are feeling super creative, a few of these are available for purchase so you can dress your Thanksgiving table with the glory of vintage holiday greetings.
For more turkey talk, check out The Daily Meal’s Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving!