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The Presidential Turkey Arrives by Air

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Presidential Turkey. Photo Number: SI-A-33352-F2

 

Suitably clad in a custom-made flying suit and sporting a pair of goggles, President Warren G. Harding’s 1921 Thanksgiving turkey, the gift of the Harding Girls’ Club of Chicago, arrives at the College Park (Maryland) airport on a DH-4 mailplane. Note the rifle at the left of the photograph – why an armed escort was deemed necessary is not explained; but since the custom of granting a pardon to presidential turkeys only began in 1989, maybe the authorities thought he might try to make a break for it.

Oh, and President Harding’s 1922 turkey arrived by battleship

Allan Janus in a museum specialist in the Museum’s Archives Division.

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