Thursday, November 22, 2007

THANKSGIVING 2007


I was dying to post some some Wally Wood and Don Martin parodies of Thanksgiving but alas, they weren't available to scan. Maybe it's just as well because looking for them led me to discover this magnificent photo (above) of Canadian troops observing a thanksgiving service in WWI. The small version of this picture doesn't convey a shred of the grandeur of the occassion. On pain of death, be sure to click to enlarge.

I wonder what they were praying for? Maybe it was to give thanks for a recently won victory. I like to think that they were giving thanks for the wonders they'd seen in their lifetimes. It would be very touching if soldiers, who must lead a miserable life during wartime, could stop to be grateful for the gift of life...not just for survival, but for the sheer wonder of it all.



Here's (above) a mid-Civil War picture. The emotions here certainly seem heart-felt. Click to enlarge.



Here's a Victorian family (above) enjoying after-dinner coffee together. Of course the baby participates. Didn't they give gin to babies in those days?



Here's the classic Norman Rockwell picture, with ice cream substituted for Turkey.



And a Wally Wood varient.



Here's (above) a terrific picture of a family celebrating the holiday together. It's meant to be seen large so be sure to click on it.
I was tempted to run several pictures like this. I find happy famiies to be endlessly fascinating.

18 comments:

nick griffith said...

that was the best post ive seen your the best eddie

Anonymous said...

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Jorge Garrido said...

REAL Thanksgiving was a month ago!

Lester Hunt said...

Thanks Eddie! Happy feasting to one and all!

nick griffith said...

that was the best post eddie your the best

I.D.R.C. said...

Happy Turkey Day, Uncle Eddie.

David Germain said...

Mad Magazine did a spoof of that Rockwell painting on the cover this month. Of course to substitute for the happy kids they had Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Brittany Spears all being "themselves". Plus it contains a blistering spoof of The Colbert Report. Wonderful issue.

Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure you eat the soggy bread that was shoved up the turkey's ass.

Lester Hunt said...

Hey! In the Norman-Rockwell-with-ice-cream picture they cut out my favorite part -- the guy in the lower right hand corner who is looking straight at you, as if he is about to wink. To see it, go here and click to enlarge.

Vincent Waller said...

I love the shot of family.

Vincent Waller said...

Meaning the photo

William said...

Magnificent. Thank you.

Jenny said...

I find all families to be endlessly fascinating.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Eddie. : )

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Lester: A real nice article! You have a great site!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

David: Thanks, I'll look it up!

Jorge: What do you mean the real Thanksgiving was a month ago?

Jenny, IDRC, Lester, Nick, Vincent, William,Jorge: Best wishes to you too!

Jorge Garrido said...

Canadian Thanksgiving!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

lastangelman said...

About the photo of the WW I soldiers in the Cambrai Cathedral, I'll wager, like my great-grandfather Oswald (who fought or participated in all sorts of conflicts for U.S. from 1898 up to 1955), they were praying for a quick end to the war, godspeed to their mates, comrades and even their opposing German soldiers, and quick painful embarrassing death to the officers and politicians who caused the senseless massacre.
Here's a link to a another great illustration of a happy family Thanksgiving celebration.
Enjoy!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Last: Thanks for the cartoon!

pappy d said...

Thank you, Eddie.