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Poor Harry: Thanksgiving in the Truman White House 1946

Truman Signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1946

President Harry S. Truman found himself on the slimming end of things in 1946. The New York Times reported that Truman’s menus seemed a bit austere and quoted White House housekeeper, Mrs. Mary E. Sharpe, as saying “When I make up menus I keep it in mind.” “It” being President’s Truman’s ongoing battle of the waistline.

Of course, poor Harry got a bit of reprieve (but not much, from the looks of it) on Thanksgiving), like the turkeys all presidents “pardon” these days. Where are the mashed potatoes, for goodness sake???

Clear Bouillon

Curled Celery and Olives

Roast Stuffed Turkey

Cranberry Sauce

Giblet Gravy

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Buttered Peas

Cauliflower au Gratin

Orange and Cress Salad

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream


Candied Fruit



Photo credit: C. Bertelsen