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Balloon types: by brand

Information about the companies who manufacture these brands of balloons and lists of their unique, or 'Entertainer' balloon lines (not round, meaning 'Decorator' or 'Party' balloons) are included here. Most of these companies also produce round and imprinted latex balloons and mylars.

Ashland

BSA (Balloon Supply of America)

Fine Image

Gayla

Party Loons

Prestige

Qualatex

Superior

Tilly

Unique


Balloon types: by number

Long skinny balloons are initially identified by a two-part, three- digit, number (example: 260). The first digit indicates the diameter of a fully inflated balloon in inches. The following two digits refer to the length of the fully balloon inflated (also in inches). So, our 260 example is two inches wide and sixty inches long, when fully inflated. (Well, in theory this is what it should be, in actuality you'll notice a large variation. Even within the same package you'll find that different colors inflate to different sizes.)

130s

160's

260's

280's

312s

315s

320s

321s

350's

360's

418s

524s

760s

1024s


Balloon types: by common name or slang

The name of balloons change with who is selling them. The person that names them for the manufacturer may be the inventory control person, the promotion person or the inventor. The reseller is going to promote the balloons and use whatever word he thinks will sell or describe them best. Animal, Twisty, Pencil, Airship: the names may have had a specific meaning to start with, but they have picked up wider definitions or been dropped from use over time.

Airships

Animal Balloons

Bee Bodies

Custom Shaped Balloons

Foil Balloons

Foil Gift Wrapping

Flying Saucers

Geos (Donuts and Blossoms)

Giant (Latex) Balloons

Glow in the dark balloons

Hearts

Hot Water Bottles

Inflatable Women/ Men

Jell-O Balloons

Knobbies

Latex Gloves

Link O'Loons

Mouse head Balloons

Novelty-Shaped Latex Balloons

Pencil Balloons

Punch Balloons

Round Balloons

Self-inflating Balloons

Spaghetti Balloons

Spinners/ Spiral Balloons

Squiggly Worm Balloons

Talking Balloons

Twisty Balloons

Water Balloons

Weather Balloons

Whirly Balloons

Yo-yo Balloons


Balloon types: by letter

"I (T. Myers) started using the first letter of the manufacturer after the 260 to help describe the balloons in my catalog. I think the term '260Q' was first published in my catalog." The only brand to officially adopt Tom's system is Qualatex. Since the other brands are popularly, however unofficially, reffered to by letter, here is the slang. Additionally, some manufacturers will use the letter to describe how thick the balloon is (as an indicator of strength and difficulty to inflate).

LM
SKB 3/3/96
SKB 3/8/96
LM 1/29/97
SKB 3/10/97
MB 6/17/97
MM 6/25/99
SKB 3/15/00

Wait, don't go away - there's more! Additional material for this chapter has been saved from posts on the mailing lists. Rather than keeping it hidden away, it has been temporarily placed here until the guide editors get a chance to move it to its proper location in this chapter. Feel free to make use of it.
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