Fall Color across the street back in October
Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll! It's that
time of year to fill up on Turkey, dressing and all the fixin's. I've
always loved this holiday so I was pleased when Kathy agreed to host the
family Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year. However, the "fixin's"
part is a debate around our menu planning.
I grew up in the
Texas Panhandle with
parents from Central
Texas. Every Thanksgiving I can remember
involved one key ingredient... Black Olives. I can remember with
great glee heading to Papa and Granny's, or Grandma's house for the
holiday. Waking up on Thanksgiving morning and plopping down in front of
the TV to watch the Macy's Parade, anticipating the hours before
Thanksgiving Dinner when all the platters of goodies were spread about to
keep us out of the kitchen.
On each of those platters, whether at my
Granny's or my Grandmother's, there were those big juicy black olives. I felt very lucky if they were pitted, but pits or not, would make it my
mission to continually find reasons to pass by the platter. It did
become a little cumbersome if they weren't pitted, because then I had to
find access to a trash bin, which was usually in the kitchen, and I dared
not alert anyone to my massive olive addiction. Didn't matter
though, as soon enough someone would come out exclaiming how the black
olives keep disappearing. Luckily for me there always seemed to be
By the time the actual feast rolled around
I barely had room for the Turkey, but always made some for the mashed
taters and giblet gravy, which included black olives as a key ingredient. Yes friends, I was in olive heaven. And for some strange reason,
Thanksgiving seemed to be the only major holiday I can remember that
included that juicy deliciousness.
Fast forward to my life with Kathy, or
should I say, the black olive hater. "No one makes giblet gravy with
black olives, those things are nasty!" I was shattered, demoralized and in
great distress over her words. No black olives on the shopping list? How could that be? However, with every great partnership there is
compromise. I've agreed to leave them out of the fixin's and she's
agreed to put them on the list. And so it is, on each Thanksgiving,
you will find me watching the Macy's Day Parade... with an opened can of
plump, juicy, ripe black olives... pitted of course.
Enough about the olives
already. There's plenty going on in our world, including the fact
that today we are announcing the winners of our 10th Anniversary photo
contest (see below). Want to thank everyone who entered and voted.
We also especially thank all of you, our newsletter readers, for keeping
us motivated on this hobby turned business of ours. We love hearing from
you and truly appreciate your support.
are changing a bit of our focus in our "online"
Legends' General Store,
moving some items to a local booth at an antique mall here in Warsaw. These were the things that just didn't present well "on-line", or didn't
fit with our overall products, but the kind of things that do well when
you can actually see and touch them. Of course, we've added in some
of our other stuff including prints and postcards. If you're ever in
the Warsaw area, check out our new "Storefront"
booth space located in the Old Curiosity Shop at 406 W. Main Street.
course, that doesn't mean a lot to most of you who aren't passing through,
but we still have plenty of great shopping online at
Legends' General Store and
Legends' Photo Print shop. We've
added some really neat personalized gifts, including real oak
barrel signs that you can put your name and established year on. Several
designs to choose from and they are about 20 inches round and 2 to 3
inches thick. An excellent gift for that someone special on your list, or
for decorating your own home.
Meanwhile, in our Photo Print Shop, we're
still busy revamping our "collections" and have some exciting new
partnerships to crow about. We'll talk about that under "New
Again, Kathy and I both want to thank you for
the past 10 years. It's been a truly wonderful experience in no small part
because of you, our readers. Have a blessed Holiday Season full of
peace and...Black Olives!
Dave Alexander - Turkey cutter and olive
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Feedback and Suggestions
More to See:
Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
Legends Travel Blog - Follow us on our travels and catch special
Legends Facebook Page - Daily posts of all things American History.
Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page - Occasional posts of all things Ghost Towns.
Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all
things Native American
Legends' Photo Prints Facebook
Legends on Twitter
Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
Having a hard time
deciding what to give this holiday? Give a
gift certificate from either Legends
General Store, OR Legends
Photo Print Shop. Just click
New Additions and Featured Stories
Kathy and I are excited about recent changes to our Photo Print Shop and
the addition of yet another excellent Photographer. As you may recall,
back in late June we announced the addition of
Hinckley's America. Now, "Through
the Lens of Fisk" brings you the sharp eye and perspective of David
native Texan and now longtime Oklahoman, Fisk has been an Editor, writer
and photographer for newspapers in
Oklahoma since he first
picked up a camera about 1970, and has a knack for finding interesting
perspectives in his photography.
Fisk is working on a couple of photo book projects and in February 2014
his book "Legendary Locals of Edmond" will be published by Arcadia
Publishing Company. Like
Hinckley's collection, "Through
the Lens of Fisk" will continue to grow over the coming months, so
check back often.
Hinckley left, and David Fisk on the right together somewhere along Route
Native American Wisdom
It's better to have less thunder in
the mouth and more lightening in the hand - Apache
Do not judge your neighbor until you
walk two moons in his moccasins. - Cheyenne
Man's law changes with his
understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always
the same. - Crow
A people without a history is like
the wind over buffalo grass. - Sioux
Every animal knows more than you do.
- Nez Perce
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Old West Trivia
The Colt Peacemaker, the weapon that
became known as "the gun that won the West" was a .45-caliber
manufactured by Colt's Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in
Hartford, Connecticut in 1873. At the time it sold for $17.00.
We have also re-branded our "Vintage Photos Of
America" Facebook fan page, renaming it simply "Legends
Photo Prints" to better reflect our overall goal of bringing more than
just daily posts of vintage photos, but also some of the unique scenes
from across America today.
As we get into the holiday season,
Legends' Photo Print shop
provides a wide selection of everything
Route 66, and much more, in print sizes to fit all budgets and tastes.
In addition to our prints, you'll find that you can choose your favorite
photo to be put on a wide variety of products. Buttons, T-Shirts, iPad
Cases, iPhone Cases, cutting boards and much more! To select products, on
the photo you like simply choose "Buy", then "Select Products". You can
also add matting and frames to prints with a wide selection to choose
It's not all photos
to talk about though, as Jim Hinckley
continues to contribute to our "American Automotive History" stories.
Sizzle - Part One is about the world of
marketing, advertising, and sales, substance often takes a back seat to
looks at the early days of
in the Auto Industry.
We've also added up stories on the history
Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11 has become an observance
for more than just those who died in World War I.
In our Old West
Tom Horn -
Wyoming Killer for Hire
explores the man who would become nationally known as a killer for hire in
Wyoming and whose legend would prove lasting in Old West lore. We've also added up the story of the
Fire, and one you may not even know about,
Firestorm of 1871, which
is the deadliest fire in United States History, killing up to 2,500 and
leaving 1.2 million acres destroyed around Peshtigo Wisconsin. It
happened on the same night at the
Fire, which overshadowed it in the news of the times.
can see all the latest additions on our What's New Page
Winners Announced in our 10th Anniversary Photo
Kathy and I had a lot of fun going through all the entries to our 10th
Anniversary Photo Contest, and there were some tough decisions trying to
whittle that down 10 finalists. That's why we left it up to you, our
readers, to decide which three would be our winners. Thank you for voting!
the winners are...drum role please.....
30% off Four 8x10 Prints!
Just Click Specials or Packages when choosing
products for your photo selection, then add your favorites. Only
$34.99. Click HERE
and start your selection!
What our readers are
saying about Legends Of America.
What a fascinating website. Being an Aussie
who's traveled some of these areas, finding it enthralling. - Margaret in
I am a huge history buff! I find this page
absolutely wonderful! Keep the pictures and historical info coming! -
Yolanda in Idaho
Albert Hall - Antelope Canyon, AZ
Debby Sanchez - Bodie, CA Door
Albert Hall - Church on the Prairie Near Havre, MT
Congratulations to our winners! How about that
Mr. Hall!! Our readers liked him enough to give him two prizes. Thanks again for all your entries and votes. Debby and Albert, we'll
be in touch real soon to work out the details of your prize packages.
Dave and Kathy
The American Tradition of Thanksgiving
The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in the
United States today is not without its controversies and debates, but it
remains a time for Americans to give thanks for the Fall harvest, good
fortune and blessings from God. The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims
with origins that can be traced back to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Even Native Americans annually celebrated their harvest long before
Europeans or the Spanish ever arrived on the North American Continent.
In America, although we recognize the
Pilgrims three day feast at
Plymouth in October of 1621 as the first
Thanksgiving in the new world, celebrations can be found dating back to
Canyon, just south of
Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, was host to Spanish explorer
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who led 1,500 men in a Thanksgiving celebration in May of 1541.
In 1959 the Texas Society Daughters of the American Colonists commemorated
the event as the real "first Thanksgiving."
Other Thanksgiving celebrations have been
noted, including French colonists in what is now Jacksonville
Florida in June of 1564, English settlers who joined Abnaki Indians in
Maine for a harvest feast and prayer meeting in August of 1607, and
Jamestown Colonists who celebrated the arrival of food supplies in the
Spring of 1610 after a harsh Winter that generated famine that
decimated the settlers.
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Being Native American it is so nice to be able to read and learn
the history of our people...Thank You - JoJo in California
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experienced traveler. We are planning on going full time in the
short future and need all the info we can get to have safe and
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