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    • Ann Smets

      Thanksgiving Maskers. New York City. Thanksgiving holiday scenes, 1911. Children's games: painting and wearing masks; scrambling for pennies. Buying and carrying live turkeys.

    • M.S. Birt

      Before Halloween became the de facto holiday of choice in America for children seeking goodies, there was Thanksgiving Masking. On the last Thursday in November, kids dressed up in costumes — typically made up of adult-looking clothes and either masks or dark, smudged faces — and go around the neighborhood begging for treats or scrambling for pennies.

    • Bob Rousseau

      Thanksgiving Maskers 1910 (LOC) by The Library of Congress, via Flickr

    • 100 Years Ago

      BEFORE kids wore HALLOWEEN costumes: There are masks costumes worn on Thanksgiving - Ragamuffin Day, which was the same day. Picture: Group of kids dressed in “hobo” attire. These boys improvised their own "look."

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