Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vintage Photos of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

See what the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade looked like once upon a time! To celebrate the parade this year, here are some old photos of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons in the past.

This giant dragon balloon in the 1931 parade.

This giant Mickey Mouse balloon, shown here in Glendale, Calf., floated down Broadway in 1934 and required 25 handlers.

Here balloons float down Broadway for the 1937 parade. Seven musical organizations, twenty-one floats and balloon units and 400 costumed marchers participated that year.

This cop balloon, shown here at Broadway and 56th St., was also featured in the 1937 parade.

The dragon balloon roared down the parade route at the thirteenth annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1937. 

This stocking brought holiday cheer to the parade in 1937 as revelers waited for the Santa Claus float.

This prize-winning balloon of two acrobats was designed by Rudolf Lopez, 12, of Brooklyn and joined the parade in 1938. It's shown here passing 106th St. and Central Park West.

This huge Uncle Sam balloon also wowed crowds in the 1938 parade.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade crowd watches the Santa Claus balloon in 1939.

The Tin Man flies high in the 1939 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

This Eddie Cantor balloon, flown in 1940 was the only parade balloon ever made in the likeness of a live person.

Watchers lean from windows in 1945 as a mammoth pumpkin passes by in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

The kids screamed in 1946 to see this pilgrim father taking the air near the Mayflower Hotel on on Central Park West at 60th Street. About 2,000,000 kids and would-be kids watched the parade that year, under clear skies.

He was 46 feet tall and all gas. Helium, that is. This overwhelming gent floating along Central Park West at 68th St. is shown here in the 1949 parade.

This dachshund balloon trotted down Broadway in 1950.

The flying fish soared over midtown in 1951.

Here, the Space Man makes his own way down Central Park West in the 26th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1952 to the delight of youngsters. Police estimated 2,250,000 came out for the parade that year.

Popeye flexed his muscles for the parade in 1957.

Balloon toy soldier has martial air floating down the avenue in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

The beloved cartoon character Bullwinkle in 1963.

It's not a bird and it's not a plane, it's Superman in the 1966 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Popeye came back for more parade applause in 1968.

Smokey the Bear floated at 58 feet tall in the 1969 parade.

The Kilgore, Texas band struts its stuff and so does Snoopy at the 43d annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1969.

Donald Duck sports a limp wing after a brush with a tree branch in the 1972 parade.

What do Snoopy, Linus the Lion, Michey Mouse and Happy Dragon have in common? They all soared to great heights in the 1973 parade.

Linus the Lion in 1973.

Mickey Mouse in 1973.

Mickey Mouse calmly surveys the crowd jammed along Central Park West and vice versa, at the 1973 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Kermit the Frog turned heads at the 53d annual parade in 1979.

And so did Peanuts pal Snoopy, who also hit the route in 1979.

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1 comment:

  1. All old photos are amazing of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons in the past! Nice photography! lovely view too.! :)

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