February 14, 1914 7AM New York, NY Dear Valentine,

To Miss Blanchard from ‘A Secret Admirer’. At least at the Seminary one can eat chocolate!

This week’s posts will not be all Valentines. So let this be the one. I send all of you in seminaries (or not) thoughts of many delicious chocolates – I’m not certain what varieties our postcard girl has in her heart-shaped gifted box, but they do look lovely, and of course chocolates are the food for this day!

One does wonder what happened to Miss A.E. Blanchard, seminarian . . . . could it be?


Nice Snood, Dude

I seapouse yur full of tirkey to might I only had chicken but that was good & had a fime time a hunting

Admittedly when I first saw this postcard I thought “What is that disgusting thing hanging down over his nose?!” Not that it wasn’t rather fascinating-looking. It was.

There’s no address on this card, just a short note – and it looks to me as if the sender might have had a bit of whiskey along with his chicken that night. Maybe the card got tossed into a drawer and never sent out. Personally I’d be a bit wary of sending a note to someone with that thing sticking out on the front of the card.

What it actually is, is called a snood. Only male turkeys have this thing, and I searched to find something out about it. I’ve found out that

The snood is most likely used to attract a female because it looks like a long worm when fully grown.

Huh.  And

It only takes seconds for the snood to grow from an inch to almost a foot long.

Well, okay then. I’d like to see that.

It can be assumed that the snood is actually edible, in the same sense that poultry cockscombs are edible. We don’t package them up and sell them here in the United States in general but if you search long enough you may be able to find some if the urge strikes. There are a few recipes for traditional preparations in Larousse Gastronomique.

The ear of corn in his mouth is a nice touch. A gift perhaps, for his sweetheart. With snood drooping in such a charming fashion over the top of it.

Recipe, tomorrow. (And recipe yesterday, but just like jam no recipe today!)

(For more on wild turkey’s snoods with some lovely photos, see this site)

(And for some vintage dinner¬† plates which would be perfect to serve a lovely turkey on, look at Suzanne’s post.)