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Featured Advertisement: a 1914 Thanksgiving Shoppers Guide

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Every Thanksgiving people stock up on the food and ingredients they will need for their feasts.  Because retailers want shoppers, and their goal is to let people know what they have and what deals are to be had, special fliers are run in newspapers and commercials are aired on television. This advertisement from the Rock Island Argus 100 years ago offers a peek into 1914.

Rock Island Argus, November 24, 1914
Rock Island Argus, November 24, 1914

While vendors like J. Enright and the Young Brothers were selling various foods and ingredients, other firms were advertising items like suits and shoes to ensure guests would look good for the special day.  I was surprised by the number of non-food advertisements.  After looking at Thanksgiving advertising from a number of papers, including the Washington Times, I discovered it wasn’t uncommon to see advertisements for practical, necessary, and non-edible items that any hostess would need, like spoons, linens, and even tables.  To see samples from around the country, here are ads from the Arizona Republican, the Dakota Farmers Leader, the Seattle Star, and the Omaha Daily Bee.

If you still haven’t had your fill, please read our other Thanksgiving related posts – it has been popular theme at Inside Adams.

Also, please visit the Library’s Pinterest page which has a newly created Thanksgiving board.


  1. That kid is going to ruin the edge on the blade…should be spinning the stone the other (aka away from himself) direction, or Grandpa needs to flip the axe 180.

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