Screenshot from the original Oregon Trail computer game, ca. 1980s. Image by Gameloft, MECC.

Screenshot from the original Oregon Trail computer game

Screenshot from the original Oregon Trail computer game, ca. 1980s. Image by Gameloft, MECC.

Screenshot from opening menu of Oregon Trail for Windows, 1995.

Screenshot of Oregon Trail menu

Screenshot from opening menu of Oregon Trail for Windows 98, 1995.

Cover art of the Oregon Trail twenty-fifth anniversary edition, 1996.

Cover art of the Oregon Trail twenty-fifth anniversary edition

Cover art of the Oregon Trail twenty-fifth anniversary edition, 1996.

Screenshot of burying and mourning the dead in Oregon Trail 1.2 for Windows 5, 1995.

Oregon Trail 1.2 for Windows

Screenshot of burying and mourning the dead in Oregon Trail 1.2 for Windows 5, 1995.

Oregon Trail (computer game)

First thought up in 1971 by Minnesota student teachers, Oregon Trail has gone on to become the longest-published and most successful educational game of all time. As of 2017, more than 65 million copies have been sold worldwide, and the game that began on a teletype machine remains popular in a version designed for smartphones.

Color image of a Selwyn Chief iron made by the Selwyn Engineering Company of St. Paul, ca. 1930s.

Selwyn Chief iron

Selwyn Chief iron made by the Selwyn Engineering Company of St. Paul, ca. 1930s.

Color image of a General Electric two-slice toaster and cord, ca. 1930s

General Electric two-slice toaster

General Electric two-slice toaster and cord, ca. 1930s

Color image of a Philco model 37-84 electric table radio with arched cathedral-style case, ca. 1930–1939.

Philco model 37-84 electric table radio

Philco model 37-84 electric table radio with arched cathedral-style case, ca. 1930–1939.

Black and white photograph of a man operating electric fanning mill, W. A. Benitt farm, Dakota County, 1939.

Man operating electric fanning mill

Man operating electric fanning mill, W. A. Benitt farm, Dakota County, 1939.

Black and white photograph of a farmer adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

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