Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving history, Pilgrims, Indians and vintage postcards

Waki ljiwebis-l

(There is a little 'hat' above the first a)

'Peace' in Algonquin, a North American Native Tribe

and no, I have no idea how to pronounce that!!!

vintage postcard

Thanksgiving plans are in the works.
Turkeys are on sale.
Oven baking bags are stocked.
And Christmas decorations are ready to be sold.
Yep, must be Thanksgiving time!

1950's hostess from

I found this absolutely FABULOUS blog about the Pilgrims from their first landing;
relationships with Native Americans and Pilgrim rules.

I knew Thanksgiving started as a way to say 'Thanks to God' and to thank the Indian tribes that had shown them how to survive, how to plant
and how to gather.

'First Thanksgiving 1621'
by J.L.G. Ferris, 1863 - 1930

Dr. James Galyon has done his research and done it well.
It would be worth your time to check out his blog:

Here is just a little sample:

"Squanto helped the Pilgrims immeasurably. They received a wealth of information from him. He taught them such things as how to distinguish between plants that were helpful and harmful, how to plant corn and other crops, and how to tap maples for their sap. The 1621 harvest in October was quite successful. There was much to celebrate: peace with their native neighbors, an abundance of food and stores, the completed construction of homes and village buildings, and life itself. Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving for the settlers and invited their Native American neighbors to join the celebration. The chief of the Patuxets, Massasoit, led 90 of his braves to the three-day feast. In addition to the feast, the celebrants played various games, demonstrated their archery and musket marksmanship, and shared music together."
excerpt by Dr. Galyon
'Interview by Samoset with the Pilgrims'
I thought I would have some Pilgrim fun today,
and a little Native American fun  and maybe
some turkeys!
vintage 'Thanksgiving pilgrim' found at

Here are a few vintage postcards that you can print out on cardstock and send!
I have included the back of a vintage postcard that you can use too.

I love these old vintage poems and sayings on these postcards!

a little beading pattern for you, to do in peyote stitch or brick stitch:

If you are a little more experienced, the corn pattern would make a nice earring. You could even make 3 per earring,
and have them dangle on a beaded string or wire, your preference.
To bead just what the pattern says,
you can make a simple chain to make it become a necklace,
or you can stitch on a bar pin back.

Dolly Dingle Does a Pilgrim Thanksgiving:

for private use only, I believe

Betsy McCall

a sweet Joan Walsh Anglund prayer:

"44 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower with 66 other passengers, dubbed “the Strangers” by the Pilgrims, on September 6, 1620. They landed 65 days later."
from Dr. James Grayson's blog
vintage Gurley pilgrim candles found at

It has been nice for me to remember the early beginnings of our heritage as Americans. We owe so much to the Native American tribes,
and oh how we forget that.
We also forget that the early Pilgrims wanted to worship God
in their own way. Free from persecution.
There are MANY countries around the world that still do not allow that.
Specifically India, Kenya and Nigeria have been brutal in their persecution of people in the Christian faith.
But they are only a few countries mentioned - there are many more.
The following web site has very current updates about this evil:

I am so grateful for the freedoms that I am privileged to have in America.


I look forward to sharing more Pilgrim paperdolls with you,
and more wonderful vintage graphics
and perhaps even a recipe or two!
see ya'

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