A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 25, 2016
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day”

"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day” is a popular Thanksgiving saying that has been cited in print since at least 1961. It is usually credited to Robert Casper Lintner (the name is frequently misspelled), who was a minister.


17 November 1961, The Daily Commercial-Gazette and Commercial-Star (Mattoon, IL), pg. 7, col. 1:
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.

26 November 1964, Baytown (TX) Sun, “Not To Be Shut Up—Thanksgiving: Translate It,” pg. 1, col. 1:
The Rev. Robert Cheek, speaking at Westminster church, said, (...) “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.

18 November 1971, The Indian Journal (Eufaula, OK), pg. 4, col. 1:
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
-- Robert Caspar Lintner

21 November 1972, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Wrens report” by Amplus D. Howard, pg. 16, col. 5:
Also remember as Robert Casper Linter says, “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”

Google Books
Quote Unquote
By Lloyd Cory
Wheaton, IL: Victor Books
1977
Pg. 334:
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. (Robert C. Lintner)

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Who the hell is Robert Caspar Lintner?
Thanksgiving is upon us and while many are scrambling to make a flight, cook a turkey, and put up with family members, I’m standing here wondering who the hell Robert Caspar Lintner is.

Go ahead, do a Google search. Look on Wikipedia.

Nothing.

Well, except for the sites which provide two quotes about Thanksgiving. Why do you think I’m asking who this person is in the first place? Yeah. THAT quote is popping up everywhere. It’s almost as if someone made the guy up. There are no other mentions of Robert Caspar Lintner, except in reference to either of the two quotes below.

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
and
Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.

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“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” ~Robert Caspar Lintner
11:01 AM - 25 Nov 2016

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