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Vintage photos of:
It's November in 1954 and you're an 8 year-old boy; given the following options, what do you do?
a) Watch TV;
b) Play with cool toy MG sports car;
c) Unroll giant set of maps and trace the borders of Czechoslovakia.
Made sense to me then. Actually, I still understand it. View full size.