Turkey & Breasts. Vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving PinUps. [30 pics]

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After the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as you await your 2:00pm dinner and football games, I have just the thing to whet your appetite. A collection of vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving Pinups of established actresses and unknown starlets posing with holiday props to promote themselves and their movie studios.

Vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving PinUps

Vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving PinUps
Marilyn Monroe dressed as a sexy pilgrim hunting a turkey

For several decades in Hollywood, the large studios such as MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox and RKO had actors and actresses under contract. In addition to starring in a certain number of films each year, they also sat for countless photo sessions to help their own careers as well as the studio. During the major holidays (New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas) the actresses often posed like pin-up girls with seasonal props.

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Although this gratuitous exploitation of women is no longer a Hollywood studio practice, the old photos are a hoot to peruse. Here are several Thanksgiving ones in which, more often then not, they are trying to lure the innocent turkey to its death.

Those of you familiar with old Hollywood movies should recognize Debbie Reynolds, Doris Day, Ann Sheridan, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Gloria DeHaven, Shirley Temple and Esther Williams among these.

Actress Leila Hyams with Turkey
Leila Hyams
actress Mary Philbin with Turkey
Mary Philbin
actress Olga san juan with turkey
Olga San Juan
Marilyn Monroe pilgrim images
More Marilyn Monroe
Virginia Gibson vintage Thanksgiving photo
Virginia Gibson
Barbara Nichols vintage Thanksgiving photo
Barbara Nichols
Vera Ellen vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Vera Ellen
Debbie Reynolds vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Debbie Reynolds
Barbara Bates vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Barbara Bates
Esther Williams vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Esther Williams
Judy Garland with live Turkey
Judy Garland
vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo Angela Greene
Angela Greene
Jeanne Crain vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Jeanne Crain
vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photos
Vera Ellen
Doris day photo with turkey and hatchet
Doris Day
vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo actress gloria dehaven
Gloria DeHaven
vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving pin ups
Suzi Crandall
Dusty Anderson vintage Hollywood Thanksgiving photo
Dusty Anderson
Shirley temple Thanksgiving turkey
ShirleyTemple Black
Ann Miller hollywood Thanksgiving pic
Ann Miller
Esther Williams vintage hollywood Thanksgiving
Esther Williams, again
vintage Debbie Reynold Thanksgiving photos
Debbie Reynolds, again

And now the photos of vintage Thanksgiving pinups whose names I don’t know:
vintage thanksgiving pin-up

vintage hollywood thanksgiving pin-up

vintage hollywood thanksgiving pin-up

vintage thanksgiving pin-up girl

Lastly, I have no idea where this photo of Susan Dey came from, but it’s great:
susan dey as a pilgrim hunting turkey IIHIH

More great Vintage Hollywood Holiday Photos posts:

Christmas Hollywood Pinups from the 20s and 30s
Colorful Vintage Celebrity Christmas Pics
New Year’s Eve in The Movies
How to Drink Champagne like A Golden Age Screen Siren
Vintage Hollywood Easter Pics
60 Pin-Ups to Pop Stars Wearing Flag Inspired Fashion
Happy Thanksgiving!