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Thanksgiving dish ideas from 1924: Today’s featured digital object


Art Nouveau style cover of Secrets of Charm magazine, 1924

Tucked away in the George Pepperdine Collection is a gem of a magazine—a single issue of Secrets of Charm, a short-lived, Los Angeles-based women’s monthly magazine from 1924. The magazine’s tagline is “Devoted to the woman who thinks,” and features in this issue include columns on society, health, relationships, child rearing, beauty tips, and a debate on the question “Can a woman with a career make a home?” There is also a profile of Lena Rose Pepperdine, George’s first wife, who died tragically of Psittacosis (“Parrot Fever”) in 1930.

Illustration from Secrets of Charm magazine

However, in the spirit of the season, we call your attention to the magazine’s center spread, which features “tempting dishes” and “varied recipes” for the Thanksgiving feast. The spread (on pages 8 and 9 of the digitized magazine) offer detailed descriptions and directions for such dishes as Roast Rabbit, Mashed Potato Stuffing, and Chestnut Dressing. There’s even an “Appetizing Menu for Vegetarians” that includes Mock Turkey, Jellied Cranberry Sauce, Creamed Turnips and Onions, and Green Tomato Mince Pie.

Click here to browse through Secrets of Charm and have a happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving literature display @ WLA

Have a look at some vaguely yet humorously Thanksgiving themed finds collected by WLA’s Information Studies intern, Caprice Roberson, from the library databases on display at the WLA Campus library. Read about the 1918 legal case filed against the Sterne & Son Company for providing the defendant with inferior quality turkeys.





Inferior Turkey Lawsuit from 1918





Take the Thanksgiving Quiz published in the Social Studies journal. (It’s not easy!)





Take the Thanksgiving Quiz!





Do you know the lyrics to the Thanksgiving Hymn? They can be found in the library’s database…as well as in the WLA TG display.





Thanksgiving Hymn from 1613





Happy Holidays!!

Just in Time for Thanksgiving

  The Irvine library was notified that a favorite juvenile book was missing from the Payson library:  Pardon that Turkey:  How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday, by Susan Sloate, illustrated by Christian Slade.  [Dewey  394.2649.S634p]   After an intensive search, this treasured story about Thanksgiving was discovered to be on our juvenile bookshelf.  The book became our acquisition just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday!  

 Have you ever wondered why do we eat turkey at Thanksgiving?

Here is the answer according to coolquiz.com

One story tells of how Queen Elizabeth of 16th century England was enjoying a feast of roast goose during a harvest festival. When news was delivered to her that the Spanish Armada had sunk on it way to attack her beloved England, the queen was so pleased that she order a second goose to celebrate the great news. Thus, the goose became the favorite bird at harvest time in England. When the Pilgrims arrived in America from England, roasted turkey replaced roasted goose as the main cuisine because wild turkeys were more abundant and easier to find than geese.

EatTurkey.com, the website for the National Turkey Federation has a different explanation:

Some experts think the first Thanksgiving dinner was served by the Pilgrims in 1621. Others credit the settlers of Virginia’s Jamestown with celebrating the first Thanksgiving as their version of England’s ancient Harvest Home Festival.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, supposedly as a response to a campaign organized by magazine editor Sara Joseph Hale. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day forward one week, as it is presently celebrated.

Our book for young readers, Pardon that Turkey, strongly suggests that Sarah Hale is to be credited with the turkey’s prominent role in American history.  Sarah was a writer and editor of a popular magazine for women.  Her letters to politicians and presidents led to an acknowledgement by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that a national holiday would unite our country.  Thereafter, Thanksgiving is celebrated yearly on the last Thursday in November.   

 The Irvine library’s children’s collection supports the graduate education programs, as well as graduate students and faculty with children.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast whether it is turkey, ham, roast beef, or fish, and save of piece of pumpkin pie for later.