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  • Jumbo the Elephant poster image canonical_images/feature/Circus_Jumbo_canonical.jpg XXX Digital Short
    The Circus | Digital Short

    Jumbo the Elephant

    The sale of Jumbo the African elephant to P.T. Barnum by the London Zoological Society caused an uproar in England. 

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    G.I. Joe

    In 1963, Stanley Weston, a licensing and marketing agent in New York City, created the idea to sell dolls to boys, specifically, military dolls.

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    Mr. Potato Head

    Hasbro launched the first advertising campaign for Mr. Potato Head on April 30th, 1952. Within its first few months on the market, the toy earned the company more than $4 million.

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    Candy Land

    Although Candy Land started in a polio ward, its connection to the infamous disease was kept secret for 50 years. Its steady rise in popularity was due to the fact that it entertained young children in a simple and fun way.

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    Wrapped in parchment paper and surrounded by bright and vibrantly colored toys, Slinky didn't exactly stand out on the shelves.

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    Reading By Touch

    Helen Keller was a voracious reader — despite a mess of competing alphabets and a severe lack of accessible books.



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    Helen Keller's Bookshelf

    Dorothy Herrmann, author of Helen Keller: A Life, tells us about the writer and activist’s passion for philosophy, love of Walt Whitman, and devotion to the work of a Swedish theologian.

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    Bonnie & Clyde | Digital Short

    Victims of Bonnie & Clyde

    In April 1933, the Barrow gang was holed up in an apartment in Joplin, Missouri, taking a break from the road.

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    The Ballad of Pancho Villa

    The mostly-true story of a rogue Mexican general who crossed the U.S. border and raided a New Mexico town is immortalized in this corrido

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    Roads to Memphis | Article

    Dr. King's Bookshelf

    Clayborne Carson discusses King's relationship to the Bible, his opinion of Marx, and the science fiction novel that helped shape his activism.

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    Roads to Memphis | Digital Short

    This Is My Brother

    Who is this? Our team turned to Facebook, then headed to Memphis to find out.

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    Baseball's Storied Artifacts

    A Baseball Hall of Fame curator shares some of his favorite historic items from the collection.