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Where can I find some good Thanksgiving greetings to use in original greeting cards and e-cards?

I’m looking for Thanksgiving pics, Thanksgiving poems, Thanksgiving jokes, even short Thanksgiving story messages. I like sending unique holiday cards and would like to go professional. Where can I download public domain Thanksgiving greetings that won’t harm my computer or my friends’ electronic devices?

Mindee Nelson

in Events and Holidays

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Justin Parker on November 15, 2018

You’re on the right track if you want to download Thanksgiving greeting material that has been placed in the public domain, online. For those who want to add content from vintage books and magazines to their holiday messages, a quick word about copyright. It used to last for 26 years from the date of publication. Most, not all, things published before 1978 are covered by the older copyright law and are now in the public domain. More recently copyrighted content is covered by copyright law for the creator’s lifetime plus fifty years, so it’s not in the public domain. Collaging material into a personal message or gift you send to one person is not a violation of copyright. Using the material in anything you sell to the public is a violation. Always ask.

If you search for Thanksgiving pictures or any other themed clip art online, you’ll find dozens of downloadable and printable photo gallery sites. Many of these sites are set up for profit. Their material may contain cookies or spyware that won’t harm computers but will clutter their memory, and may not actually be in the public domain. If you find an image you want to use in a one-off greeting to a friend, printing it is safer than e-mailing it.

The best sources of public domain images online are free membership sites. These sites display graphics that artists and photographers donate to advertise their work. There is no fee for using the images according to the terms of membership, which generally means adding them to personal messages or blog posts, hanging printouts on your wall, using them as “wallpaper” on your desktop computer, etc. Crediting the artists is recommended, and they like it if you can contribute a few new original images that meet the sites’ standards. Here are three links:

When you use words, rewriting stories and retyping or hand-lettering words is a good idea. Here are a few sources of Thanksgiving stories and poems: (for kids) (Christian) (inspirational) (Native American)

Search engines will find more. Happy hunting!

Nicholas Riveraa year ago

I enjoyed those sites for Thanksgiving pics, especially the one with the green and white squashes. I’d like to Photoshop one of those into a generic orange pumpkin picture for my Thanksgiving message to all the other employees in the business. Different is good! Depending on what you want to do with them, the other winter squashes may be better than pumpkins! Especially spaghetti squash, the gluten-free way to enjoy spaghetti sauces. Pumpkin with marinara, alfredo, primavera, puttanesca, or pesto? Ick—none of the above!

I like the Native American take on Thanksgiving too. The writers are admittedly trying to provoke and even confront, but they make a valid point. Thanksgiving is universal. It’s not only for Christians, or Anglo-Americans, or New Englanders. It’s more of a basic human instinct that people have found ways to celebrate in every time and every place. Jewish holidays include thanks for harvest too.

Caroline Campbella year ago

For Thanksgiving greetings I don’t know that I’d be thrilled by one more version of the Thanksgiving story. Who needs that on their computer? Background pictures are nice if they’re really fresh, as I think is shown by the comment above, inspired just by a picture of fancy squashes instead of the usual pumpkins. What I’d like to receive as a Thanksgiving message from, say, my college age grandchildren, would be more like a letter. A picture of the sender would be nice, and some news of what they’re doing. 

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