Check out some amazing retro artworks dedicated to this holiday
As any other celebration, Thanksgiving Day is ever-present in popular culture, and can be found in artwork since it first began.
We compiled some vintage art, illustrations, posters and postcards that will get you in the holiday spirit.
By Richard C. Miller (1941)
The artist made a carbo print of his daughter at the table waiting for their Thanksgiving meal. The illustration appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, and it was the first cover capturing a scene from everyday life, that would later become Norman Rockwell’s signature style.
Poster Sales Letters C. J. Howard, Inc. (1927)
Part of the Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Randolph Poster Collection of the National Museum of American History.
By Doris Lee (c. 1935)
This oil on canvas depicts a woman preparing a feast in a rural and familiar scene. The piece won the prestigious Logan Purchase Price, and it’s recognized as one of the most nostalgic views of the Depresssion Era America in the United Sates.
By Waldo Peirce (1935)
The artist painted over three sheets of woven paper with mixed media: watercolor, gouache, pen, graphite and ink. The piece includes typewritten elements along with the illustration.
A Turkey Before Thanksgiving
By William Steig (1992)
More recently, William Steig portrayed this funny and sad image of a turkey’s near future. It was painted on woven paper with pen and black ink, along with a gray wash.
Thanksgiving, for The Chap-Book
By William H. Bradley (1895)
This piece stands out by its use of repeated motif and typography. It is a zincography print (zinc lithography) on woven paper.
Thanksgiving Day in the Army—After Dinner: The Wish Bone
By Winslow Homer (1864)
This wood engraving on paper appeared on Harper’s Weekly Magazine.
Thanksgiving Day for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines
War Camp Community Service (1918)
A Beautiful example of the use of typography on a classic poster for an event.
Sing for Victory Thanksgiving Day
National Council of Women
An anonymous poster from the Between Wars era.
Cordial Thanksgiving Greetings
Unknown (c. 1900)
A classical turn of the century postcard that includes a colorful image with detailed calligraphy work.
Ours to Fight for / Freedom From Want
By Normal Rockwell (1943)
A traditional image from the legendary illustrator and artist, created for the Office of War Information.
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject.
Typical illustrations that follow rural and folk themes during the fall and the beginning of the holiday season.
Unknown (c. 1900)
Another traditional postcard conserved by the Newberry Library.
By Fontaine Fox (1917)
This cartoon reads “How it seems to the young man who is carving his very first turkey”. It appeared on the Times Dispatch, Richmond Virginia.