Tony Sarg,"America's Puppet Master". 1880-1942
Elephant Balloon - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1928
While Tony Sarg was well known as a children’s book illustrator, he was the man who revived the marionette theater in America. In 1928, he designed, and his protégé Bil Baird built tethered helium-filled balloons resembling animals, for the Macy's department store for the store's annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all across America! Be thankful.