TBT: What’s for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is one of the most special family Holidays especially in the US. The very first Thanksgiving celebration happened in the New World in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest. The celebration lasted for three days and was attended by over 90 Native Americans and more than 50 Pilgrims. The holiday symbolizes military victory and the end of a drought. In the years to past,  Thanksgiving serves as a day of giving thanks to all the blessings each one received.

 

In this week’s TBT, we’re taking you back to the food served during the past years. Here are some of the Thanksgiving menus in different restaurants and events in history.

 

1900’s 

 

Here’s  a menu for the Hotel Gettysburg on November 25, 1909. Back then, 50 cents was already a lot and is enough for anyone a delicious turkey dinner.

 

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photo from pinterest

 

1920’s

 

This menu is from November 24, 1927. This dinner set was very simple and traditional, yet obviously fulfilling enough for a Thanksgiving feast.

 

photo from menus.nypl.org

photo from menus.nypl.org

 

1930’s

 

This menu is from Eaton’s in the mid 1930’s. Prices for a Thanksgiving dinner has doubled from the 1920’s. During this time, a dollar would get you a feast for this holiday while a child portion only costs 75 cents, you have to pay an extra 25 cents if you want all your meat portions to be white meat.

 

photo from digitalgallery.nypl.org

photo from digitalgallery.nypl.org

 

1940’s

 

This menu is from the Fort Still Reception Center on November 20, 1941. They served a variety of pies, and some fruits and candies for dessert.

 

photo from ebay

photo from ebay

 

1960’s

 

This is a simple Thanksgiving dinner menu from the Kickapoo Restaurant in Los Angeles during the mid 1960’s

 

photo from bpl.hc.blogspot.com

photo from bpl.hc.blogspot.com

 

1970’s

 

During the 1970’s Thanksgiving dinner has become more and more expensive compared to the previous years. In this menu, some of the meals are three times more expensive than the entire dinner from the past decades.

 

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photo from collectible.bidstart.com

 

1980’s

 

This is a menu from The Waldorf-Astoria in the 1980’s. During this time, a complete Thanksgiving dinner is already priced at almost $25 each, far more expensive than the past 40 years.

 

photo from ebay

photo from ebay

 

2014

 

More than a hundred years later, The Gettysburg Hotel’s Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $30 each set. Obviously more pricey than from the early 1900’s, but has become fancier and provided more variety in choices.

 

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photo from pinterest

 

How about you, what’s for Thanksgiving dinner this year?



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