Nanci Edwards, a Smithsonian Project Manager, shared a letter from her great-great uncle Vidal Thom that he wrote on Thanksgiving to his brother (Edwards’ great-great grandfather) William “Willie” Thom. Vidal Thom was only 19-years-old when he enlisted with the Union army on Christmas Day, 1861 in Nashua, New Hampshire. In this Thanksgiving letter* from Vidal to […]
The scene at the Biltmore Hotel where more than 120 turkeys are prepared to be roasted for its guests on November 23, 1955. Chef William Lacheman, left, leads the cooking staff for the big gala.
Men and women of the armed forces stationed in and around Los Angeles joined with the home folks on November 25, 1943, in the annual assault on the bird of the day–the turkey. Here, men and women representing all branches of the service hold back just long enough for a picture. Then, look out, turkey!
Cpl. Richard R. Hollander, USMC, is enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner while recovering from injuries sustained during the Korean War aboard the USS Repose. He is assisted with his dinner by LTJG Caldie Green of the Nurses Corps, 11/27/1952.
Jane Stark and her chivalrous admirer Randy McEwan, both of Panorama City, California, appear in a skit on Fun For All with host John Marshall looking on approvingly, November 2, 1964.
A Marine stands watch in an observation tower as Lieutenant Commander McElroy, the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines chaplain, holds mass on Hill 950 on July 31, 1967.
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect. The Meuse-Argonne Campaign that concluded that day was the greatest battle in which […]
Jimmy Carter as a boy with his dog Bozo, 1937
Company B of the 21st Infantry on a dusty march during the Spanish-American war, 1898.
In this 1961 photograph, a civil defense exhibit displays survival supplies for a fallout shelter. Designed to protect its inhabitants from nuclear, biological, or chemical attack, a fallout shelter was critical to the civil defense plans developed during the Cold War of the 1950s and 60s.
Photograph of Marine wives at Camp Pendleton, California waiting for the return of Prisoners of War.
Adults and children dressed in Halloween costumes in Hotchkiss Field in Virginia on October 31, 1959.
Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida in 1972.
Halloween party at State Normal School, Kearney, Nebraska, 1908
Three boys on porch steps cutting faces in pumpkins for Halloween, ca. 1917.