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Classic Thanksgiving Covers

Step back in time and see Thanksgiving through the eyes of subscribers to our sister publication, Successful Farming, with these classic covers from the early 1900s.
  • November 1908

    If little Jimmie wasn't having a nightmare before, he will certainly be scared out of his wits when he wakes up and finds this turkey lurking over his bed!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1909

    "A Bird in Hand," reads this Thanksgiving 1909 issue of Successful Farming. The little boy in the photo looks pretty pleased with himself!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1910

    This was the first issue of Successful Farming that featured artwork by renowned artist J.N. "Ding" Darling. He would go on to design many more covers for the magazine throughout his life.

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1911

    This simple yet beautiful drawing captures the satisfaction of the hunt. This farmer has already bagged Thanksgiving dinner for his family, and the sun is barely up.

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1924

    Before mechanical harvesters, seeing shocks of corn drying was a common sight. These wild turkeys have come into the field to pick grain off the ground and enjoy the discarded Halloween pumpkins, but they'd better hope they don't end up part of the Thanksgiving feast!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1925

    Yes, the other turkeys are being boxed up and loaded onto the truck, but that corn looks so good! What do you think ... did the little boy catch these birds?

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1926

    This is kind of an eerie scene! The turkeys perched in the tree in front of the full moon are more reminiscent of Halloween than Thanksgiving. Trick or treat!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1927

    What a comforting sight! Mom looks beautiful as she pulls the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and Junior is the first to taste-test the bird.

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1929

    We'll never know if this lad was sent to catch a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, or if he's just chasing it for fun. The bird is giving him a run for his money, though!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1931

    Successful Farming's cover style changed in the early 1930s, with more modern (for the time) artwork featured. Note the cost of the magazine was 5 cents.

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1932

    This classic cover was designed by writer, naturalist, and artist Holling Clancy Holling, best known for his children's books and nature artwork.

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015
  • November 1934

    This little guy set out on a turkey hunt, but from the look on his face and the looming shadow, he may have gotten more than he bargained for!

    Date Published: November 6, 2015
    Date Updated: November 6, 2015

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