May 20, 2019

Featured Source: Thanksgiving Shopping Insert

Arizona Republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), 24 Nov. 1914.

Arizona Republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), 24 Nov. 1914. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

Zoom into this newspaper page online or download a larger image. Use the shopping insert to help craft a Thanksgiving menu. What would you serve based on the items offered for sale?

Look closely at the illustrations surrounding the advertisements. Add speech bubbles to bring the scene depicted at the top of the page to life.

Compare and contrast this Thanksgiving shopping insert with other 1914 inserts from around the country. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you notice? How do  the 1914 advertisements compare to a 2014 Thanksgiving newspaper shopping insert?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

H/T Library of Congress Inside Adams Science, Technology & Business blog

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