Since we last looked back at the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons of yesteryear, some new images have popped up online. Click through for an assortment of balloons from the black & white days, along with some (in color) video footage from the 1940 parade below. Today, Ephemeral NY focused on some of the stranger balloon choices of the past, including an NYPD officer holding a baton, saying, "in 1937, a cop appeared in balloon form at the parade... I wonder how that would go over today."

Over here you can check out some fun facts about the parade (which is happening this Thursday for the 85th time), as well as some bloopers—like that time in 1957 when Popeye's sailor hat filled with water that eventually leaked all over spectators. And check out even more photos right here.