From the late 1800s to the early 1940s, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as "ragamuffins" in masked costumes and then thronged the streets, basically trick-or-treating for money and gifts.
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving advertising through the ages has been a predictably contemptible shitshow of sexist garbage, genocide humor, and awful foodstuffs.
These Vintage Ads Prove That Thanksgiving Is One Of The Weirdest Holidays Ever
[Erin Kelly/All That is Intereesting]
'Masking' Memories: Thanksgiving In Disguise
[Linton Weeks/NPR History]