With pumpkin being a quintessential component of autumn displays and holiday meals in our modern world, I searched out pumpkin images from the 19th and early 20th century to see if history felt the same. This 1892 cover of Harper's Bazar (note the spelling) shows a woman cutting up a large pumpkin-like squash that we can guess will be used for pumpkin pie, pudding, and other baking. According to The Fire Lands Pioneer, Norwalk, Ohio, 1862, pumpkins were also boiled down to a syrup and used as a sweetener.
Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving, 1892. Library of Congress, Public Domain
|Cutting up pumpkin for pies. Bakery, San Angelo, Texas, Nov 1939. Library of Congress, Public Domain|
|Miscellaneous products, Edmonton, Alberta, 1921. Glenbow Archives, Public Domain|
|Girl with pumpkin from Tretheway Farm, Toronto, Canada, 1909. Source: Toronto Public Library/Wikipedia (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)|
Boy with pumpkin, about 1925, McCord Museum, Montreal
|Gathering in the pumpkins in the Yakima Valley, Washington, c1904. Library of Congress Public Domain|
William Warnock and Daughters with Giant Squash, Iron Bridge, circa 1930. Huron Shores Museum Public Domain
With the Canadian Thanksgiving held on the 2nd Monday in October, I'll leave you with this happy greeting...
|Hearty Thanksgiving Greeting, 1910. Public Domain|
Anita Mae Draper lives on the Canadian prairies where she uses her experience and love of history to enhance her stories of yesteryear's romance with realism and faith. Readers can enrich their story experience with visual references by checking Anita's Pinterest boards. All links available on her website at www.anitamaedraper.com