April 28, 2021

Toys in the Age of Wonder: Science Fiction, Society, and the Symbolism of Play

McFarland, 2020
By Mark Rich’80

Exploring the realms of childhood, literature, science, and history, this innovative study weaves together the histories of wonder tales and children’s toys, focusing specifically on their modern aspects and how they reflect and express the social attitudes of the period beginning around 1957.


Also In This Issue

  • Members of Beloit’s class of 1887 display their top hats at an unidentified photography studio. One hat, owned by classmate Amos Van Tassel, and shown on our cover, still resides in College Archives. We are grateful to Fred Burwell’86, Archivist Emeritus, for finding this photo and assisting with the following stories.

    Hats Off to Beloit

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  • O.V. “Verne” Shaffer’50

    In Remembrance: O.V. “Verne” Shaffer’50, Sculptor

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  • The intrepid Mabel Lee (second row, far left) led Beloit’s early physical education program for women with intramural sports such as field hockey, basketball, even rifle shooting. She demanded space for women in athletic facilities, which men were accustomed to dominating, sometimes in the nude. She is shown with the 1923-24 Women’s Athletic Association.

    A Brief History of Women at Beloit

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  • The Student Army Training Corps’ unit band poses in front of the World Affairs Center. As many as 1,400 student soldiers were in residence at Beloit when the worst of the pandemic hit campus in 1918.

    We’ve Been Here Before: the 1918 Pandemic

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