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THE TURKEY SHOOT

Nov. 29, 1954
Nov. 29, 1954

Table of Contents
Nov. 29, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Bladder-Ball
  • Yale undergraduates, grunting up and down the sacred sod of old campus, revive a tradition of the '90s with "First Annual Bladder-Ball Contest"

Glory Day In Columbus, Ohio
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Spectacle
  • Underground explorers enter the dark mouth of a Kentucky cave. A tortuous and dangerous descent lies ahead, but spelunkers find the perils justified by the exotic scenery

Soundtrack
  • THE EDITORS POINT TO ONE EFFECT OF POLITE CARTELS IN THE BOWL BUSINESS AND REGISTER DISSENT ON A BOXING-REFORM ALTERNATIVE, BUT THEY ARE CHEERED BY A BAD FIGHT AND A BACK-TALKING COACH

A Call To Arms
Sport In Art
  • It was a purposeful part of the traditional preparations for Thanksgiving among Americans of the last century—and in some rural areas it still is

Sporting Look
Weidman
Golf
Army-Navy Soccer
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Health
Yesterday
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THE TURKEY SHOOT

It was a purposeful part of the traditional preparations for Thanksgiving among Americans of the last century—and in some rural areas it still is

No sport could be more typically American than a turkey shoot. Ever since the Pilgrim fathers hunted the woods with blunderbusses our native bird has been a target for rural Nimrods. So when Charles Deas set about painting a typical American genre scene in 1836 he chose a shooting match for the Thanksgiving gobbler. It was a familiar sight to him in the Hudson River valley where he hunted, fished and sketched. The contestants and a kibitzing manservant cluster at the firing line while the hapless turkey stands a measured distance away. It was a jovial occasion of good fellowship, warmed by the little brown jug, with the winner taking home the holiday bird.

This is an article from the Nov. 29, 1954 issue Original Layout

ILLUSTRATIONCOURTESY OF PAUL MELLON