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Tony Sarg's Sea Monster, 1937 - NHA Research Library Film Collection

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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2011

In the summer of 1937, Tony Sarg and several others promoted a hoax in Nantucket. Sightings of a sea serpent were advertised... footprints were found... stories published... Then, the serpent appeared on South Beach (now Washington Extension -- not where it was intended to land!): it was one of Sarg's Macy's Day Parade balloons.

Tony Sarg (1880-1942) was an American puppeteer, illustrator, designer and painter. He is famous for creating balloons for the Macy department store parades and many illustrations for magazines. He owned a store in Nantucket, the Tony Sarg's Curiosity Shop.

Color silent film clip ; 48 seconds ; Film collection #1

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