I can hardly celebrate Thanksgiving without taking notice of the history of this quintessentially American bird. SPPA member Frank Reese was interviewed by Kim Severson for the New York Times, http://tinyurl.com/263taj, and then by Jason Beaubien of National Public Radio, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16389601.
Frank (Bob) is making a serious run at raising heirloom breeds, American Bronze and Bourbon Red, on pasture for commercial markets, http://www.reeseturkeys.com/. He's a purist about breeding as well as husbandry, with certification from the Animal Welfare Institute for humane practices.
The illustration above was painted by an unknown 20th century artist and shared with me by Sabine Eiche, author of "Presenting the Turkey: The Fabulous Story of a Flamboyant and Flvourful Bird."