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
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, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas) the actresses often posed like pin-up girls with seasonal props.
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.
And now the photos of vintage Thanksgiving pinups whose names I don’t know:
Lastly, I have no idea where this photo of Susan Dey came from, but it’s great: