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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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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 Times

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/UCLA

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Yes, it’s time for giving thanks, gathering with friends and family, watching football and enjoying a turkey dinner. It’s also time for a collection of turkey photos from the Los Angeles Times Archive.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Oh, if you need any last minute food tips, check out the Los Angeles Times Guide to Thanksgiving page.

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