1939 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (lost experimental NBC broadcast of parade; 1939)

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A behind the scenes image of the experimental broadcast.

Status: Lost

The 1939 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the 16th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and was held on November 23rd, 1939, in New York City and was shown to viewers live on some local NBC radio stations. The parade guest stared Eddie Duchin, Jane Pickens (who sang The Star-Spangled Banner), and a variety of Wizard of Oz floats and was notable for being the first to use utility vehicles to pull the floats instead of horses. Interestingly enough, the parade was also the first to be broadcast on television as well.[1]


It should come as no surprise that the 1939 Parade is considered a piece of lost media, being locally broadcasted on an NBC station in New York. In addition, no form of TV recording existed back then, even professionally making the broadcast permanently lost. The only surviving evidence of it's existence is of one behind the scenes image.


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