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Tony James
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When did it all begin? And how?

Who first supplied specialist balloons and when?

Back in the late 40s and early 50s in the UK Windy Blow was THE balloon man. Used to claim he made his own, dipping latex onto pencils and curing them on an open domestic gas oven.

Even then I thought he bought them I may be wrong.
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thoughtsexplorer
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Twas me! But in reverse.

I saw a little cute dog on the street one morning - and turned it back
into an inflated balloon.
Bob Sanders
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That might also explain Dove from Silk. Silks are easier to keep.

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I remember early balloon workers (when I was a wee lad) who simply worked with the existing long balloons and round balloons (before the special pencil balloons made an appearance) and twisted them and attached them together into various objects. I don't remember anyone in particular, but that seemed to be the state of the art when I was young.
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Bob Sanders
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Spellbinder,

Before the 50s I don't think the balloons were good enough to take what is expected today. The way I remember them in the late 40s was of very limited shelf-life. The colors "chaulked" very quickly and they were not the nice dry texture that they are now.

However, as a child of only 61 now, I may have missed a lot. I can still remember Santa Claus in Dallas had pointed boots! When we moved to Alabama, his boots got rounded toes! Balloons might have been different too.

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