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Custom Vans

Whether you were travelling in the Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo and crew, or just pulling bongs in the back of a Dodge Econoline...

Daleks

The Daleks were the arch-enemies of the Doctor in the hugely popular BBC television series Doctor Who. They were created by writer Terry Nation and...

Disco

In 1976, there were an estimated 10,000 discos open in the US, as opposed to only 1,500 in 1974. Before Saturday Night Fever (1977), disco was...

Discotheques

The increase in available leisure time in the 1960s (the average working week reduced by nearly 10 hours a week post-WWII) afforded greater freedom. One...

Drive-In Cinemas

On 7 June 1933, the world's first drive-in movie theatre opened in Camden, USA. Within twelve years the number of Drive-In's increased from 100...

Drugs in the 1960s

It is generally believed that the first widespread, illegal use of drugs in the UK started with the extensive immigration of West Indians into...

Drugs in the 1970s

There was a really jolly period during the 70s before everyone figured out how bad drugs really were for you and got all 12-step...

Drugs in the 1980s

COCAINE Not only did coke feature as the Yuppie drug of choice in the decade where Greed was Good and Wall Street was God, but...

Drugs in the 1990s

ECSTASY 'Ecstasy' was the street name given to methylenedioxy methamphetamine - MDMA for short - which was formulated by the German company Merck in 1914...

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel always insisted reports suggesting every bone in his body had been broken during his career were an exaggeration. But, in the 20 years...

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...

Fallout Shelters

As the 1950s dawned, a Communist attack seemed imminent. The Russians had grabbed Berlin and in 1949 had successfully tested their own A-bomb. China had...

Farrah

Ferrah Leni Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1947.   While studying at the University of Texas at Austin she was named one...

Go-Set

The Australian music magazine Go-Set was launched in February 1966 by Phillip Frazer, a quietly spoken, blonde 19-year-old who had previously edited the Monash...

Green Shield Stamps

A sales promotion or incentive scheme designed to encourage shopping. Popular in the UK during the Sixties and Seventies. Shoppers were presented with stamps based on...

Groupies

Once upon a time, there were girls (and occasionally guys) who took pride in the mere act of bedding rock stars. Some of them...

Haight-Ashbury

While Swinging London vibrated to the Mod sound of The Who and The Small Faces, an entirely different youth scene had developed half a world away - It was...

Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

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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...