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Pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerine Quaker living in Ledyard, Connecticut
Pumpkin Pies and Thanksgiving Dinner, Ledyard, Connecticut. Photo by Jack Delano, November 1940.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1940, Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano shot a series of pictures documenting the celebration of the holiday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Crouch in Ledyard, Connecticut. In this clever composition, the tantalizing desserts fill the foreground while the feasting family is reflected in the mirror.

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Comments (9)

  1. thank you 4 all. happy thaksgiving day.. N1

  2. This PHotoGRaPh, is the essence of SURREALISM.adios

  3. Small happiness
    Dream to the future
    Anyone had an American Dream
    With infinite possibility
    The economy that grows up of America
    This photograph shows it.

  4. These were taken at my great-grandparents’ home. My grandfather is the gentlemen with the fork to his mouth. My mother is the 11 year-old with long hair in other pictures. Her brother, my uncle, is the boy with the overalls. Thanks for posting!

    • How marvelous, Ms. Flack! It’s always fun to learn about a personal connection to our pictures. Thanks for writing! Jeff

  5. Love the wallpaper!
    And I also like that the Kodak edge notches are included in the print.

  6. Very cool, Jeff!

  7. I love looking at these pictures. These are my great grandparents home. My grandmother, Doris is the little girl at the children’s table with the short dark hair. My great aunt published a geneology book and these pictures were added as well. It’s nice to look back at how it was back then. And the stories My grandmother would tell. Thank you.

  8. Great picture! Goodies in front…love in back.

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