Clown Balloon at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Clown Balloon at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Item Info

Item No: pdcp00999
Title: Clown Balloon at Thanksgiving Day Parade
Creation Date: 10/25/1977
Historic Street Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, being sponsored originally by Gimbels Department Store, from 1920-1986. The parade has continued into the present, changing sponsors several times since then.  

In this 1977 image, taken by Prentice Cole (probably for the Philadelphia Daily News), "The Clown" floats past the point of origin for the parade, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.

Creation Year: 1977
Creator Name: Prentice Cole - Photographer