Found 8mm Film Reveals 1939 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Here’s some interesting color footage showing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1939. Tom Pappalardo stumbled upon it after buying some 8mm film from a junk shop. He writes,

I bought this reel at a junk shop in Northampton, Massachusetts (I think?) about a decade ago. It sat unwatched in a box of other random Super 8/8mm reels for quite awhile, until I decided I wanted to capture some of my family’s own home movies. Since I had the projector set up, I ended up sifting through all my other ‘mystery’ reels, and this was one of them.

Hopefully memory cards also last 72 years for people of the future to discover in the same way… Hope you guys are having a good Thanksgiving!

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Flávio Filho

    this found makes me think about Digital Vs Analog… Are we living in a era which most of things are in fact, nothing? Just a bunch of Binary code that only computers can make “real”, it is quite scary…

  • schwim

    Not 1939.  There’s a jet contrail @ 1:24.  More likely sometime around early 50’s.

  • schwim

    Just found from Gizmodo:

    “These clips come courtesy of Michael Laca
    who’s been restoring some of his family’s classic 8mm home movies,
    including footage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from November
    25, 1954.”

  • Steven Blackwood

    Good time capsule, anyhow.

  • Steven Blackwood

    Just a spool film that only projectors can make real.

  • brandon

    when you can hold it in your hand and see the images with nothing more than your naked eye. it’s real, projector or not. millions of ones and zeroes, not so much. 

  • Anonymous

    Contrails are not a unique property of jet engines. Even piston engined prop aircraft of the late 1930s could and did form contrails if the conditions were right.
    There are lots of wartime contrail examples here:

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks guys. Fixed!

  • Michael Zhang

    Hmmm… Actually, still not sure of the date

  • JasonP

    1939 is probably a good date with the Tin Man balloon and Scarecrow float for The Wizard of Oz.  The Tin Man balloon was converted to another balloon soon after the movie (via

  • Mickey Mouse

    Those Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck’s floats are the early 30’s version.

  • Info

    Any idea what type of film this was shot on?  Beautiful.

  • Pat Furlong

    There’s a jet stream in the video. I doubt it’s earlier than 1950.

  • Jet jackson

    I’ll just leave this here.

  • Jet jackson

    and this too

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