Happy Thanksgiving everybody! To celebrate, Billy Penn is sharing nine photos of past Thanksgivings in Philadelphia. A note: The parade in the 60s and 70s had some pretty psychedelic/frightening floats. All photos come from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and are printed with permission from Temple University Libraries.
1946: A local couple with their son, soon after returning from military service in North Africa.
1958: Patients from CHOP check out a submarine float.
1961: Um, exactly what kind of float is this supposed to be?
1969: Children from the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary school collect clothes for charity.
1970: Real dog approaches extremely scary-looking cat float.
1971: Don’t worry, there was also a massive and scary dog float.
1976: Penn students act like pilgrims at Irvine Auditorium.
1977: Oh hey that car is missing a wheel.
1981: They called them “Sheikh” drummers back then.