Thursday, November 26, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday! Thanksgiving Wishes to You!

Postcard reprinted here with kind permission of

This young miss is either attempting a last minute fattening of Tom Turkey or she's trying to lure him into the cooking pot. He'll have even more to grouse about if we tell him he is related to the grouse.

The name given to a group of turkeys is a rafter, although they are sometimes incorrectly referred to as a gobble or flock. Chicks are called poults.

Turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Christmas feasts in much of the world, as well as Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, though this tradition has its origins in modern times, rather than colonial as is often supposed.

Before the 20th century, pork ribs were the most common food on the holiday, as the animals were usually slaughtered in November. Turkeys were once so abundant in the wild that they were eaten throughout the year, the food considered commonplace, whereas pork ribs were rarely available outside of the Thanksgiving-New Year season. It has also displaced, to a certain extent, the traditional Christmas roast goose or beef of the United Kingdom and Europe.

While eating turkey was once mainly restricted to special occasions such as these, turkey is now eaten year-round and forms a regular part of many diets.


The Thanksgiving wishes from Uncle Dale, a man of few words, was mailed from Eden Maine to Brooklin, Maine on November 23, 1909.
Brooklin, Maine was incorporated as the town of Port Watson on June 9, 1849. Just a few weeks later, the name was changed to Brooklin. The community was named for the brook line that separated the towns of Brooklin and Sedgwick.


Charlotte's Web author, E. B. White lived in Brookline

I had a difficult time finding Eden; the name was changed to Bar Harbor in 1918 (under a law passed in 1913) It is located on Mount Desert Island.
Bar Harbor became a retreat for prominent people of the time. The Rockefellers, Morgans, Fords, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Astors, chose to spend their summers here. Not content with the simple lodgings then available, these families transformed the landscape of Mount Desert Island with elegant estates, euphemistically called "cottages." Luxury, refinement, and ostentatious gatherings replaced buckboard rides, picnics, and day-long hikes of an earlier era.

One of the primary color crops of Maine are blue berries. Did you know they are false berries? Deceitful little things!
A false berry is an accessory fruit found in certain plant species with an inferior ovary, distinguishing it from a true berry. In these species other parts of the flower (including the basal parts of the sepals, petals, and stamens) can ripen along with the ovary, forming the false berry. Examples of plants which produce false berries include:

Another primary color Maine crop is the red lobster - pronounced lobstah in Bah Habah Maine.

Lobsters may effectively live indefinitely, barring injury, disease, capture, etc. In other words, they don't age. Because of this, they can reach impressive sizes. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest lobster was caught in Nova Scotia, Canada, and weighed 20.15 kilograms (44.4 lb). Pass me the buttah!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

While you are munching on your Friday fare of turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey ala king and turkey bites snagged furtively out of the fridge, pop over and see Marie at Voila! Vintage Postcards for more Postcard Friendship Friday fun!


Renee said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.

Renee xoxo

Sherrie said...

Great Postcards! All that info on those towns is great! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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Beth Niquette said...

Wonderful post and gorgeous postcards! I love reading your blog. Happy PFF!

MommyAmy said...

Very interesting info! When I went to school outside of Boston I was also told a LOT of factoids about lobster! So it was fun to read yours. :)

viridian said...

Bar harbor was once called eden? Who knew????

Postcardy said...

Interesting. I never heard of rafters or false berries.

steviewren said...

Happy Thanksgiving and Postcard Friendship Friday! Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

MrCachet said...

Your posts never cease to amuse and enlighten, and this is no exception. It makes sense that they'd serve pork, although I'm certain most of it was cured for the coming winter.

Sheila said...

Yes, turkeys have largely supplanted the traditional fare in the UK, but I'm fighting a rear-guard action in a single-woman attempt to even things up! Great post!