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Vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos


Vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos

With it celebrating its 82nd anniversary, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a rich history dating back to 1924 (though the first year it was called the Macy's Christmas Day Parade). Here is an advertisement from November 27, 1924:

(found via nycvp)

In 1927 the first balloons appeared in the parade. Tony Sarg designs the first Felix the Cat, the Dragon, Elephant, and a Toy Soldier helium filled balloons.

(1929 balloon) Below is an old photo of Felix the Cat and a couple other characters from 1932/33:

(above photos via a fabulous collection found by the swapatorium)

Below is is a photo of designer Tony Sarg with one of his creations in 1933:

(found via Here are a couple balloon pics from 1938, including the 120' Sea Serpent, Clown with 68' Nose, and Uncle Sam:

Vintage photos above found via ziegfeldgirl

(1940 Superman balloon)

(1959 Popeye balloon)

Kermit the Frog made his debut in 1977:

(found via wikia)

Forager House has illustration work by Tony Sarg for sale.


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E. Cruz Eusebio said on November 27, 2008

Wonderful. Sign of the times.


James Healy said on November 30, 2008

beautiful, nostalgic inspiration thank you


Charlotte Strick said on December 02, 2008

Thank you for this Karen!! that "Clown with the '68 Nose" is too much!


Courtney Baker said on December 02, 2008

I just love old photos, and the Felix the Cat is adorable!


Berna Ekim said on November 25, 2009

:) wonderful inspiration!! so nostalgic :)thnx karen!