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J. C. LEYENDECKER'S THANKSGIVING COVERS I

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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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It may sound strange to say it, but what I love about Leyendecker's Thanksgiving covers is their semiotic content, which goes from tried and true American kitsch mythology to quite a sarcastic, counter-discursive view of the holiday. Once more, this is but the tip of the iceberg.

Pic. 1. Nov. 1905. Grandmotherhood and apple pie. What could be more heart-tugging than that?

Pic. 2. 1924. You cannot find a better picture of foundational fundamentalist America: a scowl, a gun and a Bible! Not to mention a weight problem . . . .

Pic. 3. Nov. 1921. My utter favorite. A killer baby chef? He would appear twice more, always with a turkey!

Pic. 4. 1932. An all American boy/girl pair devotedly praying . . . and a scrawny turkey, holding eating implements, extends its blessing over them!

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  1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    Pic 4 - that's a CRUCIFIED turkey!
    Pic 3 would be controversial even today i think. his legs are really creepy!

    i'm amazed!

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