A photographic look at how Days of '47 floats have changed — or not — from 1897 to 2013

Published: Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:53 p.m. MDT

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The streets of Salt Lake City are filled with horses, motorcycles, clowns and — most noticeably — fantastical floats created out of wood, foam and sparkles (among other things) at the annual Days of '47 Parade.

Here's a photographic look at how Days of '47 Parade floats have changed over time, starting with the 1897 parade and working forward.

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Pretty sure we had color film by at least 1970 - maybe not in Utah.

Pleasant Grove, UT

@BYU Joe

"Pretty sure we had color film by at least 1970 - maybe not in Utah."

Keep in mind that these were newspaper photos and it wasn't until much later that they began using color photographs with news stories. It not only wouldn't have made sense to waste money on color film for the paper, but it wouldn't have reproduced as well in black and white.

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