1. The Uncle Sam balloon heads down Broadway in 1938. He seems to not be having such a good time.
2. A more traditional balloon from 1961, featuring a bear and cowboy.
3. Another snap from the 1961 parade — drum majorettes in cute miniskirts.
4. A Christmas stocking delights a 1937 crowd.
5. This peacock float from the ’60s is epic.
6. During Popeye’s 1957 debut, his cap filled with water, which ended up spilling all over the crowd.
7. Here’s Bullwinkle in 1961, the year he was introduced to the parade.
8. A closer look at this guy. You can’t not love him.
9. Ummm. Can anyone tell what’s going on in this 1937 float?
10. A festive (but smaller scale) balloon from 1933.
11. A Humpty Dumpty float circa 1958. He looks so wee!
12. Here’s a 1941 blooper. Santa just decided to sit down.
13. 1933: That giant baby is terrifying.
14. This pig balloon from 1932 is also strangely unsettling.
15. 1938: Jeez. How were children not terrified of this parade back in the day?
16. Because of government restrictions on helium, some balloons in the 1958 parade were elevated by cranes.
17. Here’s a very rotund toy soldier from 1932.
18. Meet “Gulliver the Gullible” of 1933. How is this not a horror movie?
19. These two super early balloons from the 1920s actually stayed inflated for a week — the lucky person to recover one was rewarded with $100. Can we bring this tradition back?
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