American History in Photos

“By Jacqueline Andre

Although the ‘germ’ that causes it is more than 1,000 miles away, a disease known as ‘Beatlemania’ showed a marked upsurge in Minneapolis Monday. And it looked as though both medical science and parents would be hard pressed to stamp out the malady.

Teen-age boys are growing their hair out and combing it down to their noses. Those in a hurry are donning ‘Beatle’ wigs. Teen-age girls are hiding their eyes with ‘Beatle’ bangs. And they’re all talking about a homely guy called ‘Ringo.’

The reasons for the sudden epidemic of ‘Beatlemania’ are four singers who grew up in the slums of Liverpool, England – George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Youthful interest in the rock ‘n’ roll group began several months ago, surged when they arrived in the United States last week and broke the top out of the thermometer Sunday night when the group appeared on the Ed Sullivan television show.

Shown – John Kroth, 12, of Garfield AV., wore ‘Beatle’ wig. – FEB 11 1964”