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Thanksgiving Was A Lot Different In The Past Than It Is Now. These Bizarre Pictures Are Proof.

Now that we’ve all recovered from our Thanksgiving festivities, let's take a minute to really take a stroll down history lane. 

In the days before the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade's launch in 1924, young New Yorkers would dress in costumes and "scramble for pennies" and beg for treats in a practice very similar to Halloween.


Bain News Service / Library of Congress


Bain News Service / Library of Congress

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The ragamuffin costume was so popular in New York that it earned the holiday the nickname "Ragamuffin Day".


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Portraits of Thanksgiving maskers from 1910 to 1915 are preserved in the Library of Congress's online archives. They come from the 39,744 negatives from the Bain News Service.


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Yale and Princeton popularized Thanksgiving Day football games in 1876. Department store Gimbels, in a move predating Black Friday by about a hundred years, decided that Thanksgiving Day was the perfect time for Santa to make his yearly debut.


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Bain News Service / Library of Congress


Bain News Service / Library of Congress

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