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Bean Bags

When the Bean Bag emerged in the late 60s and 70s it was heralded as the furniture of tomorrow for the well-heeled of today. It...

Black Lights

In the late 60s and early 70s, the Black Light brought a new dimension to our world. White T-shirts and teeth suddenly would glow in...

Dansette

The Dansette record player became an iconic artefact of the youth culture of the 1950s and 1960s, and the name became a generic term...

Executive Toys

Newton's Balls (pictured at right) were the first widespread executive toys. These were a series of chrome ball-bearings suspended from a metal frame, which...

Hawaiian Mania

An abundance of disposable income combined with Hawaii's entrance into the Union in 1959 manifested itself in the US as a mania for all...

Interior Design in the 1950s

The suburban spread in the 1950s predictably led to fads in home decorating and design. Interior white woodwork was in and out again by 1950,...

Interior Design in the 1960s

Plastic chairs, blow-up furniture . . . If it's meant to be 'space age', how come it looks so old-fashioned? The majority of homes in...

Interior Design in the 1970s

Until the 70s, interior design was simply a DIY pursuit. Once the seventies hit, it was a lifestyle statement. The dominant colors were Puce, Red,...

Interior Design in the 1980s

Walls and fabrics in grey, neon hot pink and teal with accessories made of fashionable black plastic. mmm... nice.

K-Tel

K-Tel were famous for their TV commercials pitching their mass-market compilation LPs and tapes and their household 'gadgets'. Everything they sold was labelled "As advertised...

Lava Lamps

The Lava Lamp was created in the early 60s by a British engineer by the name of Craven Walker in an experiment gone awry....

Lawn Flamingos

In 1951, Don Featherstone designed the first plastic lawn flamingo for Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts. The hollow, steel-legged bird soon became the lawn ornament...

Macramé

Even in the 1970's most of the cool set thought macramé was only for hippies or bored convicts. But you could make loads of...

Peace Sign

The ubiquitous icon of the Aquarian age and one of the most widely known symbols in the world. In Britain it is recognised as standing...

Pop Art

The first large-scale exhibition of Pop Art was held at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 1963, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and...

Waterbeds

In 1968, Charles Prior Hall, a furniture designer in California decided to create the world's most comfortable chair. Taking his cue from the very popular...

Yucca

In the seventies, for the first time, plants made their way into the house and all Glam 70s homes had to have a Yucca...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone...