Posted 4 years ago
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!