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(The Wire)   There once was a time that the floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade weren't just inflated billboards for lousy kid movies and cartoons, back in the day they were just plain creepy   (thewire.com) divider line 64
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2013-11-27 12:02:58 AM
White meat. Dark meat. All will be carved.
 
2013-11-27 12:17:57 AM
www.bookexcursions.com
 
2013-11-27 12:21:35 AM
Ew, bring on the inflated billboards.

Those are nightmare inducing.
 
2013-11-27 12:23:51 AM
pics.imcdb.org
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?
 
2013-11-27 12:27:49 AM
I was going to say that Superman looked as though he were hitting the bottle pretty heavily, but I see TFA covered it for me.
 
2013-11-27 12:30:42 AM
Cartoon characters always look creepy in black & white, imo.
 
2013-11-27 12:32:55 AM
What strikes me about those photos is all the fashionable hats. No one does that any more.

Anyway, one's person's creepy is another person's AWESOME.
 
2013-11-27 12:36:15 AM
CSB: Back in the day when my family lived in Jamaica, Queens in the 60's, my mother worked for Macy's as a sales person and my dad who was a Broadway character actor at the time but was out of work, needless to say,  she got him a job as Santa ... at Macy's on 34th. Think about that for a moment for a young family of five kids... It was a good XMas that year.

I walk past Macy's every day on my way to work.... and the whole new facade is done and ready on 34th.

/looks pretty good, windows and all
 
2013-11-27 12:37:22 AM
cdn2.screenjunkies.com
No wonder it was Mr. Pitt's lifelong dream.

/sad it turned out like it did.
 
2013-11-27 12:43:44 AM
Just to screw around with people, I would love it if someone floated a giant balloon of Shaye Saint John down the streets if New York City.
/if you're not sure who that is, check google
//you've been warned
 
2013-11-27 12:47:47 AM
i.imgur.com
That looks like Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictactor playing at the Astor, so that makes this photo 1940 at the earliest.
 
2013-11-27 12:51:26 AM
OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?


+1 for you.
 
2013-11-27 12:53:59 AM
cdn.theatlantic.com

WTF is this? And why is it determined to take a dump in plain view of everyone?
 
2013-11-27 12:55:19 AM
seems Tim Burton was popular before he was even born.

just look at all those men watching the parade, with their hats and overcoats.  all giving this freak show their full attention.
gotta feel sorry for them, they had no internet back then.  this was probably heavily anticipated and a big circle on their
calenders.  poor dead fools.  not many women spectators either.  guess the parade was serious macho shiat back then
 
2013-11-27 12:59:55 AM
The only creepy thing I see is "Mr. Peanut greets you" behind Superman.  It is kind of subtle and hinting like "we all float down here" because we all know Mr. Peanut is an eldritch daemon beckoning you to join him in perdition and enjoy some nice lightly salted cashews.
 
2013-11-27 01:06:08 AM

jsmilky: not many women spectators either. guess the parade was serious macho shiat back then


Naturally there had to be stragglers - those who couldn't take the weight and additional drag from the onion belts
 
2013-11-27 01:08:15 AM
I'll keep this simple: None of those floats were creepy.
 
2013-11-27 01:08:30 AM
I think the Pink Floyd pig was better. Can someone post the Animals co er
 
2013-11-27 01:12:44 AM
Does anybody even watch the MTDP anymore?
Unless they actually live in New York City, I doubt it.
 
2013-11-27 01:13:35 AM

asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.


No buzzword, no greenlight.
You must be new to Fark.
 
2013-11-27 01:14:33 AM

asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?

+1 for you.


I think old photos are kind of cool. Makes me wish things were so simple now.
 
2013-11-27 01:16:10 AM

symptomoftheuniverse: I think the Pink Floyd pig was better. Can someone post the Animals co er


Images.google.com

Know it, use it, and stop asking other people to google shiat for you.
 
2013-11-27 01:18:07 AM

balki1867: I'll keep this simple: None of those floats were creepy.


I think the internet has collectively made the word creepy useless. It used to denote a feeling, deportment or atmosphere and now it means roughly the same thing as...kooky...or thereabouts
 
2013-11-27 01:19:22 AM
FTFA: the dominance of marketing might have been a good thing.

Never EVER is the dominance of marketing a good thing.  Original floats/creations not associated with the promotion of any product would actually get me to watch the parade.  Instead it's the longest, most boring commercial I can imagine, interrupted periodically with commercials.
 
2013-11-27 01:19:51 AM

Begoggle: Does anybody even watch the MTDP anymore?
Unless they actually live in New York City, I doubt it.


I tried watching on TV last year. My first Macy's Parade was also my last. The footage was terrible. It would have been nice to have a raw feed without all the annoying banter and cut aways.
 
2013-11-27 01:25:11 AM

sethen320: asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?

+1 for you.

I think old photos are kind of cool. Makes me wish things were so simple now.


Totally. People had imagination, for instance. And the ability to interpret what they were looking at. It didn't have to be an exact facsimile of that multi-million grossing movie they saw, and that has had product placement on every other thing in the grocery store for the last three weeks.

Doc Batarang: balki1867: I'll keep this simple: None of those floats were creepy.

I think the internet has collectively made the word creepy useless. It used to denote a feeling, deportment or atmosphere and now it means roughly the same thing as...kooky...or thereabouts


Well said.
 
2013-11-27 01:28:22 AM
Think any old timers watched those balloons go by and said "You youngsters and your weird inflatable cartoon whatchamaziggies. Whatever happened to real entertainment, like good old fashioned public hangings of cattle rustlers?"
 
2013-11-27 01:44:37 AM
You all realize it's always been a giant billboard for Macy's, right?
 
2013-11-27 01:49:58 AM
cdn.theatlantic.com

God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
 
2013-11-27 01:55:20 AM
they're still pretty creepy today
 
2013-11-27 02:17:27 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-27 02:30:24 AM

jsmilky: not many women spectators either.  guess the parade was serious macho shiat back then


I don't know why, but that made me laugh.
 
2013-11-27 02:36:28 AM

nicoffeine: You all realize it's always been a giant billboard for Macy's, right?


media.screened.com
 
2013-11-27 02:37:28 AM
In 2002, I shlepped down from CT & spent the night at a hotel in NY the night before Thanksgiving. Went to the park that night & saw them blow up the balloons. For reference, there was an "Ask Jeeves" balloon that year. Yes, that used to be a thing.

The next morning, I got up and froze my ass off watching most of the parade. It was a blast. Once I saw my share of floats and was done freezing, I headed to a diner for a huge breakfast. Then I met my Canadian boss and his Japanese wife for a "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner at ESPN Sports Zone.

If you're young and single, I highly recommend doing it. It's touristy and terrible, but it's a fun memory.
 
2013-11-27 02:40:12 AM

nicoffeine: You all realize it's always been a giant billboard for Macy's, right?


The Macy's Day Parade has always been about advertisement for Macy's? Get the fark outta here
 
2013-11-27 03:43:36 AM

sethen320: asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?

+1 for you.

I think old photos are kind of cool. Makes me wish things were so simple now.


I'm not sure the 1930's were such a simple time. I seem to remember a history lesson about economic hardships during that time. I think I'll keep my house, smart phone and pain-in-the-ass job.
 
2013-11-27 03:54:41 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: nicoffeine: You all realize it's always been a giant billboard for Macy's, right?

The Macy's Day Parade has always been about advertisement for Macy's? Get the fark outta here


Something called the MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE and it's not about JC Penney's? For reals?

Fetch me my salts.
 
2013-11-27 06:19:44 AM
That turkey float with the slowly blinking eyes freaks me out. It's like it's tripping and can't manage it's bodily functions. Also it has eyelashes and eyeshadow. WTF?
 
2013-11-27 06:47:38 AM

Gyrfalcon: Ew, bring on the inflated billboards.

Those are nightmare inducing.


This is how that generation prepared to win the war
 
2013-11-27 07:28:21 AM
Those aren't floats - they're balloons.  Floats are vehicles by definition. This is a float:

www.marching.com

/pet peeve
 
2013-11-27 07:38:23 AM

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?


That would be my first thought exactly.

IMDWalrus: Those aren't floats - they're balloons.  Floats are vehicles by definition. This is a float:

[www.marching.com image 350x252]

/pet peeve


Correct.  Those are balloons in the article.  And random CSB-ish note about the Rose Parade: Those signs the bands carry? They're farking heavy as fark.

\brother marched in the '96 parade
 
2013-11-27 08:20:34 AM
1. Creep factor was quite low.
2. We're at the point where the average kids movie tends to be better-written and -produced than the average "grown up" film.
 
2013-11-27 08:20:40 AM
This was the creepiest of all time.
 
2013-11-27 08:20:57 AM

asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.


cdn.theatlantic.com

Sorry.  No other possible way to describe this than creepy.
 
2013-11-27 08:27:02 AM
I see nothing creepy about any of those, I guess some people get creeped out pretty easily.
 
2013-11-27 08:49:45 AM

sethen320: asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?

+1 for you.

I think old photos are kind of cool. Makes me wish things were so simple now.


Mmmmm, measles, typhoid , and polio, good times.
 
2013-11-27 08:54:31 AM

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 675x759]
That looks like Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictactor playing at the Astor, so that makes this photo 1940 at the earliest.


You're right.  It was 1940.  The photo was taken just before Superman touched himself and they had to shut down the entire parade.
 
2013-11-27 09:42:25 AM

Great_Milenko: asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.



Sorry.  No other possible way to describe this than creepy.


it is pretty interesting to think of how they used to release those things at the end of the parade. I think they would be too heavy to get too high or too far, but it's fun to imagine that two headed whatzit there reaching to the outskirts of the atmosphere like those weather balloon experiments folks are doing nowadays.

perchance to touch the face of God
 
2013-11-27 09:48:12 AM

DubyaHater: sethen320: asynchron: OMG HOW AM I GOING TO SLEEP TONIGHT.

I am so sick of these articles. Pictured of old things -- yesteryear's images of the world of fantasy -- and because they are photographed in black-and-white, and not accomplished with the 3D hi-def hyper-realism of today, they are OMG CREEPY. Grow a spine, people.

/ITG, whatever

Oh, and, side note...

TV's Vinnie: [pics.imcdb.org image 709x401]
Hubba Hubba Hubba! Who do you trust?

+1 for you.

I think old photos are kind of cool. Makes me wish things were so simple now.

I'm not sure the 1930's were such a simple time. I seem to remember a history lesson about economic hardships during that time. I think I'll keep my house, smart phone and pain-in-the-ass job.


This.
 
2013-11-27 10:10:09 AM

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 675x759]
That looks like Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictactor playing at the Astor, so that makes this photo 1940 at the earliest.


Nice catch!
 
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