This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

November 25, 2014 2:09 PM

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This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Today, when we dream of Thanksgiving feasts, we envision impossibly overstuffed turkeys, Macy's Day parade crowds and daunting lines queuing up on retail blocks across the country. It's a far cry from the masked balls, costume processions and penny scrambles that dominated fall festivities 100 years ago.

We came across the above image courtesy of Greg Young, a writer for The Bowery Boys: New York City History, who recently paid homage to the forgotten custom of masking in a blog post for The Huffington Post. As Young pointed out, before Macy's launched its annual parade in 1924, Americans celebrated...

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