Nov. 18, 1988: "Big Guy" lives in a Burbank apartment and starred at a Vegetarian Society of Southern California press conference promoting meatless Thanksgiving dinners. This photo was published in the Nov. 23, 1988, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Durell / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 20, 1953: Laura Grant, 6, plays with the turkey flock at Fred Huntsinger Ranch in Northridge. This photo was published in the Nov. 22, 1953, L.A .Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pete Grant / Los Angeles TimesLink
The original Nov. 4, 1945 Times caption reported: THEIR END IS NIGH – Turkeys --tom and hen –gobble their farewell to life at the Attolico ranch in the San Fernando Valley before being loaded on trucks and taken to the Verda slaughtering and dressing house in Roscoe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles TimesLink
The original caption in the Nov. 18, 1956, L.A. Times reported: BLISSFUL IGNORANCE of calendars and holidays keep turkeys from having nervous breakdowns as Thanksgiving nears. This handsome tom casually stuts past the significant ax which will fall across the necks of many of his kind soon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maxine Reams / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 12, 1962: Willy Schaefer and his grandfather Bill Schaefer look over a flock of toms at Bill's ranch in Chino. This photo was published in the Nov. 18, 1962, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert O. Ritchie / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 2, 1978: Turkeys at the Schaefer's BBB Turkey Ranch in Chino. This photo was published in the Nov. 23, 1978, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 9, 1973: After turkeys are plucked, cut and cleaned, workers at Jess Ranch in Apple Valley stuff them in plastic bags and weigh them. This photo was published in the Nov. 19, 1973, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Varie / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 9, 1973: Bagged turkeys at Jess Ranch in Apple Valley are boxed. Some are frozen, others are shipped fresh. This photo was published in the Nov. 19, 1973, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Varie / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 20, 1980: Turkeys at Vern Parton farm in Yucaipa. This photo was published in the Nov. 27, 1980, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Iris Schneider / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 24, 1976: Sister Benedict, chief cook at St. Ann's Home for the Aged in East Los Angeles, prepares four donated turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. The home did not buy anything for Thanksgiving meals, depending only on donations and prayer. Twenty-one frozen turkeys were donated the day before Thanksgiving. This photo was published in the Nov. 25, 1976, L.A.Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 1959: Diane Vaccaro is surrounded by birds at the only turkey ranch left in Torrance. The others have moved out. This photo was published in the Nov. 11, 1959 Los Angeles Times
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLALink
Nov. 1928: During the 1920s, the Los Angeles Times published a popular cooking column by chef A. L. Wyman. When he died in 1926, his wife, Mabelle Wyman, took over the column. In the Nov. 27, 1928, Los Angeles Times, she suggested several recipes for a successful Thanksgiving Dinner. In this picture, published on Nov. 27, 1928, she is inserting stuffing into a turkey.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLALink
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