In honor of this here Turkey Day, I’ve decided to craft a small collection of photos showcasing a hot 1920s autumn trend: pictures of silent stars posing with turkeys. Apparently, no November issue of a movie magazine was complete without at least one of these.
Here, for instance, is Anna Q. Nilsson posing with a studio’s best stuffed turkey. Some of you might remember Nilsson’s cameo in Sunset Boulevard:
And here’s May McAvoy, warning a turkey that each passing second was that much closer to his scheduled death. This photo’s circa 1928, and you might recall that Thanksgiving was generally celebrated the last Thursday of the month–before FDR put his foot down about the matter:
Charlie Murray looks a little leery of his future “dinner” (although I’m pretty sure that’s the same fake turkey Anna Q. posed with earlier):
Mary Philbin, on the other hand, has no problem hauling around this heavy live bird:
And Colleen Moore likes this one so much that she up and invited it to Thanksgiving dinner:
Carmel Myers apparently thought, “Well, the studio may be making me pose with a turkey, but there’s no reason I can’t turn it into a glamour shot!”
Along with these stars-with-turkeys photos, there’s also a sub-genre of stars luring turkeys to their doom, or otherwise trying to hunt them. Here’s adorable forgotten child star Big Boy with the chopping-block ready to go:
And the Ton of Fun, a comedy team composed of Frank “Fatty” Alexander, Hillard “Fat” Karr, and Kewpie Ross, trying to sneak up on their eventual feast:
Cheery Jeanette Loff has both an ax in hand and a bowl for catching the bl–okay, maybe it’s just supposed to be a bowl of feed.
In the meantime, the not-so-cheery Patsy Rush Miller can’t quite go through with it:
Sally O’Neill has just decided to join PETA:
…But not gleeful Fay Lanphier, who’s enjoying sharpening the ax a little too much.
Speaking of Sally, let’s not forget this early bit of Photoshop:
I’m sure she didn’t consider this photo embarrassing at all later in life!
Happy Thanksgiving Silent-ology readers–wherever you are, and whatever you are doing today, I’m deeply thankful for each and every one of you!