MACY’S PARADE – SANTA CLAUS (1966)

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The year is 1966 – and this is definitely Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy’s began holding what was then Macy’s Christmas Parade in 1924. Originally, the balloons were released to the heavens at the parade’s end. This short tradition ended in 1932 as a safety measure to protect aviators. Television spread the acclaim of the Macy’s Parade, shortly after World War II ended. By the time this 1966 photo of Santa Claus, the Macy’s Parade was as much a part of our modern Thanksgiving celebration as turkey, pumpkin pie, and football.

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

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The year is 1947. We’ve been featuring a lot of colorized Macy’s Parade balloons from the 1930s-1960s this month – some real classics. On this eve of Thanksgiving, we bring you a heart-warming scene from that ode to the Macy’s Parade and its Santa Claus – 1947’s “Miracle On 34th Street”. Watching the parade from an apartment high above central park west, are two of its stars, Natalie Wood and John Payne. We’ll be here early Thanksgiving morning, with a special edition of the American Photo Colorizing Blog.

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1947 - Miracle On 34th Street

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MACY’S PARADE – PIRATE (1948)

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The year is 1948. We’re back in New York City for another in our series of colorful moments from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This was actually one of our earliest colorizing efforts, from 2002. Does anyone else notice our peg-legged friend bears a strong resemblance to Bluto/Brutus from the Popeye cartoons? Behind our pirate, is a beautifully elaborate promotion for Ingrid Bergman’s latest film, “Joan Of Arc”. Its 1948 release helped us determine the date of this parade photo. The $50,000 Question people ask us is, “How do you know which colors to use when colorizing a black & white photo?”. Three things: Preference, Experience, and Research . . . a whole lot of Research.

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1948 - Macy's Parade - Pirate

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MACY’S PARADE – SUPERMAN (1940)

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The year is 1940. It’s a bird . . . It’s a plane . . . It’s the man of steel flying high above Metropolis – and upright, no less. That’s quite a trick. But anything’s possible in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Macy’s Day Parade (as New Yorkers fondly refer to it), is among my earliest childhood memories – and even after so many Thanksgivings, I still watch with a childlike sense of wonder. I suppose it’s simply “The Magic of Macy’s”.

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MACY’S PARADE – BULLWINKLE (1963)

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The year is 1963. From his debut in 1961 through 1983, Bullwinkle J. Moose was everyone’s favorite balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here he is floating above the streets of New York City just a week after the JFK tragedy. America needed a reason to smile, and Bullwinkle, trouper that he is, gave them plenty to smile about.

Little did we imagine on Thanksgiving Day 1963, that in 9 short weeks, a quartet of mop-topped singers from Liverpool, England, who called themselves The Beatles, would win the hearts of America, on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. But, for now, lifting the spirit of an America in mourning, fell on the t-shirted shoulders of our Bullwinkle. And so it was on an unforgettable Thanksgiving 52 years ago.

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MACY’S PARADE – PINK PANTHER (1964)

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Welcome to American Photo Colorizing .com’s photo blog. The year is 1964. It was a year that began somberly in January, as America continued to mourn the loss of a president. Five weeks from New Years Day, mourning gave way to unbridled euphoria – at least among teens and pre-teens, as Beatlemania and the British Invasion swept across America. A young man by the name of Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title. Ford Motors unveiled their sporty mid-size car, the Ford Mustang.

And as it has done for over 100 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wound its way through New York City streets. A million spectators line the parade route. From 77th Street at Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 6th Avenue, past 42nd Street, all the way to Macy’s Department Store at 34th Street in Herald Square come the marching bands, floats, oversized character balloons, singers, dancers . . . and of course, Santa Claus. You really haven’t seen a parade until you’ve seen Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut we called it The Macy’s Day Parade. And in the 1960s there were certain balloons and floats we always awaited. Some attractions, like the Giant Turkey and the Pilgrim Couple date back to at least the 1940s – and are still part of the parade today. There were three balloons that defined the 1960s Macy’s parade for us kids: Underdog, Bullwinkle Moose, and this fellow here, the Pink Panther. Can anyone look upon ‘His Royal Pinkness’ – and not start humming the Henry Mancini-crafted theme song? We’ll be featuring a number of colorized photos of the parade from now through Thanksgiving Day. So . . . who wants some eggnog?

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1964 - Macys Parade - Pink Panther

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MACY’S PARADE – INDIAN (1935)

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Welcome to American Photo Colorizing .com’s photo blog.The year is 1935. Even many moons ago, big balloons were a staple of the “Macy’s Day Parade” (as New Yorkers fondly refer to it). Today, a million spectators line the parade route. From 77th Street at Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 6th Avenue, past 42nd Street, all the way to Macy’s Department Store at 34th Street in Herald Square come the marching bands, floats, the big balloons, singers, dancers . . . and of course, Santa Claus. If you haven’t seen Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “you just ain’t seen a parade, Mac”. This is the parade that the 1947 film, “Miracle On 34th Street” is all about.

One final “plug” . . . kids today are often shocked to discover the world wasn’t black & white until the 1980s. The color that we’ve brought to this 80 year-old image of the Macy’s Parade – can be the color we bring to your own vintage family or museum photos. We serve Museums, Television, Media and Families like yours. We’re American Photo Colorizing.com, and we look forward to serving you and yours this Christmas season – with stuffing and gravy.

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