"We'd like to invite you over for Thanksgiving dinner." Is that what this young man told this turkey back in the late 1960's? That's just one of many difficult-to-answer questions that are brought up by this late 1960's photograph by Lloyd Rule (Z-11869).
Is this turkey a pet? Giving the loving look on the teenager's face, that's a distinct possibility. It's also possible that he's picturing his friend dressed and stuffed on a table filled with a sumptuous holiday feast.
Is the turkey a school mascot of some kind that's being watched over by a letterman? We'll discount that theory because, as far as we know, there is not and has never been a Colorado high school with a turkey mascot.
And what are the goggles for? Is the young man dreaming of taking flight with his feathered friend? Not likely, as turkeys are flightless birds (though a fellow can always dream).
The bottom line here is that this photo, like so many others in our vast Digital Collections, is a mystery that's waiting for some enterprising researcher to solve. Our catalogers do their best to put pictures like this in context and to describe them in a manner that makes them as accessible as possible to the researchers who want to solve this kind of mystery.
So until that perfect researcher comes along, this photo of a boy and his turkey will remain mired in the mysteries of time. (But we think he probably wound up on the Thanksgiving table!)