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Release: Oct. 16, 2000

Atomic Power to American Pie free exhibit is on view at UI Main Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries has opened "The Fifties: From Atomic Power to American Pie," a new exhibition on the 1950s in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library that runs now through January 2001. The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours.

For some, the 1950s were known as the Fabulous Fifties and for others, the decade was far from fabulous.

In political and international affairs, the decade saw the escalation of the Korean War, the onset of the nuclear arms race, and anticommunist hysteria that set the stage for the Cold War.

Materials on display at the exhibition are drawn from the UI Libraries Collection and materials borrowed from local private collections. Among the items on view are a case of '50s memorabilia: bowling shirts, pulp fiction novels, kitsch ceramic figurines, and toys such as Robbie the Robot, an item taken from the collection of collector Todd Thelen.

UI Hawkeye regalia, photos of the UI from that area and images of TV culture and magazines, like "Life" magazine's Feb. 27, 1950 cover of the famed mushroom cloud explosion are also on display.

The exhibit was prepared by Ellen Hammond, Kären Mason, Marguerite Perret, Bob McCown and Stephen Dew with the assistance of Gary Frost, Ann Embree and Tod Thelen.

For additional information, contact the UI Libraries at (319) 335-5867.