Monday, December 7, 2020
Turkeys to market
In Britain turkeys could displace passengers on the Coaches. 1836
This 1838 take on the common situation - "Fancy Turkey Coach"
The turkeys could walk to market.
Charles Dickens wrote before Christmas of 1851: "THE TURKEY-DROVER has also a very busy time of it just now…” At times the turkeys were coaxed: “a farmer and his wife conducting a large brood of turkeys to the market, the wife going before with a few seeds of Indian corn, which she occasionally drops to entice them, and the husband following behind with a wand in each hand to coerce them.” [Harrison]
Turkeys were able to run, as seen in this image from a turkey farm when they were called to supper...
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~Dickens, Charles. “What Christmas is to a bunch of people.” Household Words a weekly journal. Christmas 1851
~Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Nov. 30, 1878 Images of tree, running
~Goodrich,Samuel. Peter Parley's Christmas Tales. [Parley to England] NY: 1838 “Mr. Charlton’s Fancy of the Norfolk Turkey Coach” image also titled "Fancy Turkey Coach"
~Harper's Weekly, December 2, 1871 "Driving Turkeys to the Picking-House" image
~Harrison, Rev. J. C. “Reminiscences of Adolphe Monod, the Great French Preacher.” Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle. London: February, 1861
~Hervey, Thomas. The Book of Christmas. London: 1836
~Shaw, Archibald. History of Dearborn County, Indiana: Her People, Industries ... Indianapolis: 1915
~The Diary of Jacob Engelbrecht, 1818-1878 Pub. by the Historical Society of Frederick County, Md. 1976
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