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(PetaPixel)   Junk-shop find: 8mm movies of the 1939 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Bonus: in color   (petapixel.com) divider line 37
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2012-06-16 10:23:11 PM
That's cool as hell
 
2012-06-16 10:47:21 PM

cretinbob: That's cool as hell


It's hot as Antarctica also.
 
2012-06-17 10:46:50 AM
Penis nose guy will haunt my dreams.
 
2012-06-17 11:41:34 AM
1939, what a scary time in history.
 
2012-06-17 12:43:07 PM
I didn't see the Spider-Man balloon; therefore, these are fake.
 
2012-06-17 12:44:29 PM
Neat jet contrail at 1:22
 
2012-06-17 12:57:06 PM
Hey Subby. 1939 call and it wants its Macy's Thanksgiving Parade footage back.
 
2012-06-17 01:04:46 PM
That's pretty awesome.

/best thrift store find I've ever had was character concept art from the cartoon Bravestarr
 
2012-06-17 01:13:12 PM

basemetal: 1939, what a scary time in history.


The shiat had just hit the fan again.
 
2012-06-17 01:14:48 PM

basemetal: 1939, what a scary time in history.


It was also the first year Kodak offered color 8mm film for sale. Initially, the only place you could buy it was at the New York World's Fair.
 
2012-06-17 01:21:54 PM

SwiftFox: Neat jet contrail at 1:22


Not a jet in 1939 !
 
2012-06-17 01:27:30 PM
I like the Tin Man
 
2012-06-17 01:31:43 PM

Uncle Ottos Truck: SwiftFox: Neat jet contrail at 1:22

Not a jet in 1939 !


This!

Also, derivative.
 
2012-06-17 01:50:47 PM
 
2012-06-17 02:01:03 PM

SwiftFox: Neat jet contrail at 1:22


At first I was thinking, "oh gosh, you have something there." Then I found this. Oh well.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-17 03:19:00 PM
8mm movies of the 1939 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Oh sweet I always wanted to see a snuff film married to grand pageantry.
 
2012-06-17 03:21:56 PM
Very cool find.
Much better than the shaky film my dad shot in the 70s of a white butterfly he followed for an entire afternoon in a field. Drugs were admittedly involved there.

DjangoStonereaver: Though I'm not a fan of the current practice of having the parade stop for some badly lip synced
performance as a hidden infomercial for a Broadway show or Cartoon, this has to be the best Macy's
Parade moment of the last few years.


I don't think I was ever able to fully explain to my mom why I suddenly started laughing my ass off when that popped up on the screen.
 
2012-06-17 03:30:24 PM
yeah neat, never understood why it wasn't greened 7 months ago when it was timely and was submitted repeatedly.
 
2012-06-17 03:36:14 PM
pendletonpanther.files.wordpress.com

Almost all of those people are dead now.
 
2012-06-17 03:48:08 PM
Definitely a neat find, Subby. Calbert, I'm unhappy to hear that the mods had a chance to green light this last November--but didn't.

1939: The NY World's Fair that summer had been pretty upbeat, but by November there was a whole different "feel" about things, even in isolation-ish America (the 1940 season for the Fair was much-changed). Ah, but "The Wizard of Oz" debuted in August '39, and "Gone With the Wind" would soon premiere. And, oooh, when I think about the best of the popular music and jazz of the era--what a delight!

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As to the 2008 Macy's video linked by Django Stonereaver: I looked at that and realized why today's kids can't sit still; after viewing the 1939 floats, the 2008 float looks positively hyperactive, with a million things moving All The Time.
 
2012-06-17 04:44:46 PM
At 1:55 I wanted an Einstein Bros bagel
 
2012-06-17 04:49:41 PM
I was a balloon handler in the 2011 parade, so I'm getting a kick out of most of these replies.
 
2012-06-17 06:32:18 PM
Something's wrong with youtube... clicking the 720p button on this video doesn't do anything.
 
2012-06-17 08:11:52 PM
Well that's truly timeless. It looks amazingly the same as any decade since.
 
2012-06-17 08:21:25 PM
I'm on a Droid, so it is hard to see and go back and forth. Correct me if I am mistaken but it looked like one of the scarecrows was "moonwalking" beside the float for a second.
 
2012-06-17 08:59:48 PM

Makh: SwiftFox: Neat jet contrail at 1:22

At first I was thinking, "oh gosh, you have something there." Then I found this. Oh well.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x441]


Yep, that covers it.

//low pressure from wings create contrail. not exhaust
 
2012-06-17 09:55:02 PM
Forgive the stupid question, but why is this newsworthy? Did this footage not exist anywhere else or something? (Were they televising the parade back then and did they not keep any of that footage?)
 
2012-06-17 10:06:13 PM
That's fake! Everybody knows the universe was in black and white until about 1967. Can't fool me.
 
2012-06-18 09:46:14 AM

tmntman: Forgive the stupid question, but why is this newsworthy? Did this footage not exist anywhere else or something? (Were they televising the parade back then and did they not keep any of that footage?)


Almost nothing was televised in 1939. The entire world census of televisions in 1939 was in four figures.
 
2012-06-18 09:47:13 AM
Virtually everyone in that film is now dead or dying, including the children.

Why is there a jet contrail at 1:22?
 
2012-06-18 09:59:22 AM

Gotfire: Virtually everyone in that film is now dead or dying, including the children.

Why is there a jet contrail at 1:22?


Contrail, yes. Jet, no.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:54 AM
Prop planes can make contrails too. Go look up any pics of B-17s making contrails over Europe a few years after this video.

I liked that float that had the tugboat rolling in the waves and the guy behind it with the rowboat. Weird but good.
 
2012-06-18 11:17:12 AM
It would have been an interesting point to put in the article on how they determined that this parade was the one in 1939 and not one from say '40 , '45, etc.
 
2012-06-18 11:41:19 AM

Benjimin_Dover: It would have been an interesting point to put in the article on how they determined that this parade was the one in 1939 and not one from say '40 , '45, etc.


Probably the many Wizard of Oz floats and that the movie had been released in 1939.
 
2012-06-18 11:48:26 AM

theurge14: Benjimin_Dover: It would have been an interesting point to put in the article on how they determined that this parade was the one in 1939 and not one from say '40 , '45, etc.

Probably the many Wizard of Oz floats and that the movie had been released in 1939.


Oh and found this still image of the Uncle Sam balloon from the NYT. Same one in the video (but I'm guessing it may have shown up in other years around 1939).

Also found this which has a still of the tin man balloon dated 1939. Scroll down a bit.
 
2012-06-18 12:23:31 PM
I have 16MM color footage of the 1939 Worlds Fair my grandfather took.

Thankfully my mom & aunt (3 years old at the time) are still here.
 
2012-06-18 01:45:20 PM

theurge14: Benjimin_Dover: It would have been an interesting point to put in the article on how they determined that this parade was the one in 1939 and not one from say '40 , '45, etc.

Probably the many Wizard of Oz floats and that the movie had been released in 1939.


That was my guess too, but it would have been a nice thing to have in the article. Something that a real journalist should include.
 
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