Flashback: June 1953 — New service for laboratories #throwbackthursdays

In 1953, the first live color coast-to-coast telecast premieres, 71 percent of U.S. televisions are tuned to "I Love Lucy" to watch Lucy give birth, Mickey Mantle hits the longest home run in history at 565 feet, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest (the first explorers to do so), American Airlines begins the first regular commercial airline service from New York City to Los Angeles, and the first computer to use random access memory begins operation. In Rochester, Mayo Clinic was debuting a new service for laboratories.

The Laboratory Glassware Preparation Service unit was organized for centralized ordering and storage of all glassware for laboratories of the Sections of Clinical Pathology, Biochemistry and Bacteriology.

Six months’ or a year’s supply of tubes, graduates, pipets, beakers, flasks, petri dishes and all the many other types of glassware used in the laboratories were stored for use.


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Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.