Note from Zoo keeper William Blackburne in reference to two famous turkeys

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Note written by National Zoo keeper William H. Blackburne talking about housing two famous turkeys received by the Zoo in 1918. The turkeys were the red, white, and blue turkey donated by President Woodrow Wilson and the famous turkey named "Col. Jake Dawson," a turkey donated by the Red Cross.


  • Wilson, Woodrow 1856-1924
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • American Red Cross

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 74, Image No. SIA2013-00212

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  • 1918
  • June 8, 1918

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  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Turkeys


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Local number

SIA RU000074 [SIA2013-00212]

Physical description

3.66 x 4.59

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