Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving since the time of the pilgrims in different ways: from cozy family dinners to high-society banquets, or even hunched over a meager meal at a soup kitchen. >At no time were the differences more apparent than during the Great Depression, when food, much like employment, was scarce and few people could afford to throw a feast to match Norman Rockwell’s famous painting. A series of charming and poignant black-and-white photos below which were taken during those trying times in American history capture Thanksgiving celebrations of decades past.Looking at the images taken 70-80 years ago, one cannot help but think that some things remain the same with the passage of time: Americans still like to eat turkey, dress up as Puritans in the spirit of the holiday, spend time with family and friends and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade winding its way through midtown Manhattan with floats and oversized balloons in tow.>What also remains constant, sadly, is that like in the 1930s, many people these days also don’t have a home to go to on Thanksgiving, and they are forced to rely on the kindness of strangers for their holiday meal.
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