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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1939


11.25.11 Marina Galperina

vintageHere’s some old 8mm film of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade shot in the year that WWII started. Just in case your tiny spawn or the promise of Tim Burton’s balloon made you go look up at yesterday’s floats, this is a glimpse of what you’d be seeing in 1939. For contrast!

This prime artifact of vintage footage was discovered in a western Massachusetts junk shop years ago, but only shared with us now. Yes, we imagine that’s a lot less oomph than you’re used to nonchalantly ignoring, but take note: 1939 was the first time there were no horse-drawn “vehicles” in the parade. Ooooh. That’s tractors towing the floats of an obscenely engorged-nosed Pinocchio, the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (released that year, oh my god) and a hot-air filled Uncle Sam staggering through the streets of NYC.

Oh, and speaking of B. Boy and 2011:


(Photo: Huffington Post)

Related: Graffiti-Covered Subway Footage and Vintage Footage of the Lower East Side.