|"Cousin Ed's Folks from Town" by Burt Thomas in Detroit News, November 1916|
In 1919, their dilemma was that a lot of cartoons drawn for Thanksgiving 1918 expressed thanks that the boys would be coming home soon from the War that had ended two weeks earlier. Thus, it's hard for me to tell what year the other cartoons in that issue were from.
|"The Good Old Days" by Ted Brown in Chicago Daily News, Nov. 1919?|
|"Breaking into the Big League" by Archibald Chapin in St. Louis Republic, Nov. 1918 or earlier|
|"Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feelin'" by Clare Briggs in New York Tribune, Nov. 27, 1919|
No, I suppose that if your apartment wasn't large enough to accommodate a separate children's table, you had to make do by teaching the children The Virtue Of Patience. We know now that the grown-ups in 1919 who feasted while their children's stomachs growled in the next room would, just as those kids became adults, bequeath them the Great Depression.
But would those kids snark "OK, Homer" at them? I think not.
|"What Are You Thankful For" by William Hanny in St. Joseph News-Press, Nov. 27, 1919|
What the deal is with "The Common Pee-ple," I have no idea. Perhaps Hanny's original idea involved likening the strikes to a urinary tract infection.
|"The Long and Short of It" by Nelson Harding in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nov. 25, 1919|
|"The Vacant Chairs" by John McCutcheon in Chicago Tribune, Nov. 27, 1919|
Well, I suppose it was only charitable of him to invite Hunger and Hard Times to dinner.
But since I can't leave you with the impression that Thanksgiving in 1919 was all grousing and peevishness, let us close with a cartoonist who, like Clare Briggs above, perceived his era through quaintly rose-colored spectacles:
|"The Thrill that Comes Once in a Lifetime" by Harold T. Webster in New York Tribune, November 27, 1919|