We met the Beatles in Manhattan!

 

You can spot all sorts of famous faces on the streets of New York. Even the Fab Four.

On our school vacation we took a quick midweek trip to New York City.

The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square, Macy’s shoe department—we hit some famous places. On our walk through Lincoln Center Plaza we spied four famous faces—The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts had a fantastic exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ introduction to America.

There were lots of photographs, handwritten song lyrics, ticket stubs, posters, gold records, stage costumes, you name it.

Like the bass drum that Ringo played on the Ed Sullivan show. I saw that show. I was five years old. I couldn’t understand what all those girls were screaming about.

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

And there was an entire wall of consumer stuff cannily marketed to all those shrieking fans.

Like sneakers with Beatle faces all over them.

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Don’t you love the pointy toes? And also, um, are those my size?

And lunchboxes. I am pretty sure that at least one girl I knew in elementary school owned a metal Beatles lunchbox.

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I’ll give them George, John, and Ringo, but that other guy looks NOTHING like Paul.

Loads of souvenir buttons, badges, and pins.

Some of these are lenticulars with "action packed flicker pictures!"

Some of these are lenticulars with “action packed flicker pictures!” Collect ’em all!

Why o why is nobody re-isssuing the Beatles Official Coloring Book: Souvenir Edition?

You'd buy a new box of Crayolas just for this coloring book, wouldn't you?

You’d buy a new box of Crayolas just for this coloring book, wouldn’t you?

Ditto about this cute little 1965 diary.

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Souvenir that we voted the most weird and wonderful: British-made licorice shaped like a 45 and packed in a record sleeve. Only ten cents!

Eat it? Or treasure it forever? How's a girl to choose?!

Eat it? Or treasure it forever? How’s a girl to choose?!

I’ve never seen any of these souvenirs out in the wild of thrift shops and yard sales, have you? Probably couldn’t afford them if I did.

Oh well. I got to meet the Beatles in Manhattan. Yeah, yeah, yeah!