Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving, 1959: The Day After



N.Y. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NOV. 28 — AMERICA'S LITTLE DARLING OF YESTERYEAR, SHIRLEY TEMPLE, LOOKS RADIANT AS SHE SURROUNDS HERSELF WITH HER CHILDREN, L. TO R., CHARLES, 7; LORI, 5; LINDA SUSAN (HOLDING A POPULAR SHIRLEY TEMPLE DOLL), 11 — THEY'RE PICTURED PRIOR TO BOARDING A TWA JETLINER TO SAN FRANCISCO. SHIRLEY, WHO IS MRS. CHARLES BLACK IN REAL LIFE, WAS IN TOWN FOR THREE DAYS FOR A STAR APPEARANCE IN THE FAMOUS MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT HER ENTIRE FAMILY, INCLUDING HER HUSBAND, VISITED NEW YORK TOGETHER.

Shirley's husband was either being camera shy or picking up snacks for the family. Note the 36" Shirley Temple doll that oldest daughter Linda Susan is holding. Besides being an actress, Shirley was known as a smart business-woman, and she rarely missed an opportunity to promote the vinyl Shirley Temple dolls that were produced in the 1950's/1960's, of which she got a cut from Ideal Toy Company. Way to go, Shirley!

According to the book, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, by Robert M. Grippo and Christopher Hoskins:

"At the start of the line of march was legendary former child star Shirley Temple. By then 31 years old, the future U.S. ambassador braved the cold in white mink; she was accompanied by three children on the elaborate Storybook float. Cowboys, of course, were also featured attractions."

When was the last time you wore a mink coat when flying on an airplane?

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