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Photo Essay: The Magical History Tour – A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition

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At Vancouver’s 2015 Pacific National Exhibition, attendees were invited to view a Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition, The Magical History Tour, for an extra cost of just $3 per person. It arrived in Vancouver on August 22nd, marking fifty-one years since the Fab Four made their first-ever Canadian stop at Empire Stadium.

The exhibit featured four distinct galleries that included The Beatles’ Hamburg and Cavern era to their break up and solo ventures.

It was interesting to see John Lennon’s last autograph, the letter that officially broke up The Beatles in April of 1969, and the ad bulletin that announce John Lennon’s death.

Even if 1969 was before your time, it was easy to understand just how huge the Beatles were, and what a large following they had, and still have to this day. The Beatles became so popular that the public had a complete fanatical response to the band and by 1966, it was said that people were paying more attention to the band than they were to their religion. It was interesting to see this fanatical response portrayed through the displayed photographs and other memorabilia.

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It was really interesting to see The Rolls Royce up close. It was the Rolls that carried The Beatles to Buckingham Palace, where they there received their MBE medals from the Queen. In 1967, Lennon had artist Steve Weaver design the custom paintwork and it was completed right before the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.

Take a look at some of the great memorabilia Vancouver was able to witness:

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It was interesting to take a listen, by turning the radio dial, to snippets of music and radio shows that inspired each member of The Beatles.

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Stick your head through and take a fun photo with you as one of The Beatles!

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Pictures tell a thousand words

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Autographs of The Beatles

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It was interesting to learn about the tabloid story about the death and rebirth of Paul McCartney.

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The break-up letter

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The autograph John Lennon signed right before he was killed.

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In the studio with Yoko Ono.

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It was the Rolls that carried The Beatles to Buckingham Palace, where they there received their MBE medals from the Queen.

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The Exhibit was a great way to re-live the history of The Beatles while learning some new facts along the journey.

 

Is there a memorabilia exhibit you have enjoyed? Where was it?

 

+Debbie Fettback

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