Friday, July 28, 2017

118. Thanksgiving 1948

In an earlier post to Growing Up in Gettysburg, Nancy and I reported that President Harry Truman authorized a 3 cent postage stamp to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The stamp went on sale in Gettysburg on November 19, 1948, and shortly before noon on November 24, Postmaster Lawrence E. Oyler announced that total sale of stamps reached 1,123,277. Amazing! 

Thanksgiving Eve dances were scheduled throughout Gettysburg on Wednesday, November 24, 1948. The Girls’ Athletic Association at Gettysburg High School sponsored the Blue Jean Jump in the new gym, and Nancy and I were there with friends. We never missed a dance at school in our senior year. Nancy’s diary notes for that evening suggest we had a good time, as usual.

The Gettysburg Times on November 24, advertised Thanksgiving Day Dinners for unbelievable prices compared to today. The cheapest were Bankerts and the Blue Parrot where a full Thanksgiving dinner was available for $1.25. The Battlefield Hotel at the corner of Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue, asked $2.00, and the Gettysburg Hotel didn’t advertise a price. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

Looking back on Thanksgiving 1948, Nancy and I are thankful that we found each other when we were so young. Forty-nine years later, we are still happy to be together and still very much in love.

Despite four letterman on the Gettysburg High School basketball team, by the Christmas break, we had lost a game to Delone and two games to York. We were still optimistic as Conference games didn’t begin until January 4. 

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