Butlin’s was founded in 1936 by Billy Butlin to provide inexpensive holidays in the UK. The first camp was opened at Skegness in 1936 and by the 1950s there were six in various locations on the coasts of Britain and Ireland.                    

Captain Goodvibes

From his first appearance in the surfing newspaper Tracks, in 1973, Captain Goodvibes was a major hit with young Australian readers. The “pig of steel” was irreverent, immature, indestructible and single-minded in the pursuit of pleasure in all its forms – chemical, physical and tubular. He was created by Sydney cartoonist Tony Edwards, who had grown(…)

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

By 1965, London had become the fashion capital of the world as far as young people were concerned. At it’s centre were three streets – The Kings Road in Chelsea (put on the map by Mary Quant), Kensington Church Street (where designer Barbara Hulanicki ran a boutique called Biba), and Carnaby Street, which not so long(…)

CB Radio

Citizens Band Radio had been around for years, but few people knew about them. 23 channels of two-way communication, frequented by curious techno-geeks, lost hikers and truckers. The trucker was his own boss. The trucker was King of the Road – or so the myth went. The only way these men stood a chance of(…)

Chain Letters

“This chain letter was started in 1972 by a man in Campbell, Missouri, who was completely broke. In less than one year he became extremely wealthy . . . all because of this letter! If you want to be rich as well, write five copies of this letter and send them to five of your(…)


Newsweek magazine declared the year 1969 the “Year of the Commune”. A commune could be characterised as a large group of people (usually unrelated) living together in an arrangement where they shared chores, food, clothing, and each other. The groups would often live together as a family, pooling their resources and abilities in order to(…)

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia (a play on the title of the popular British patriotic song Rule, Britannia) was a period of increased pride in the culture of the United Kingdom throughout most of the 1990s – largely inspired by 1960s pop culture. A change of government from many years of Conservative rule to New Labour under Tony Blair(…)

Cosmopolitan Magazine

In America, a new magazine was bold enough to put sex and the single girl firmly on the agenda. The magazine was Cosmopolitan and Helen Gurley Brown was the first editor. Cosmo reflected the times and discussed subjects people hadn’t publicly discussed before, such as how to achieve the perfect orgasm. It made women think and men blush.(…)

Crazy Foam


Crop Circles

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 airbrushed with a scene from Norse mythology, the customised van was like a clubhouse on wheels for the groovy youngsters of the seventies. A Top Five hit, Sammy Johns’ Chevy Van perfectly encapsulated(…)


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 designer Raymond Cusick and first appeared in the series in 1963. Introduced in the fifth episode, the Daleks turned Doctor Who into an overnight sensation – but they were very nearly(…)


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 very underground and particularly big in both the black and the gay scenes. Disco began to develop its own music and style, incorporating lots of funk (and a little bit of(…)


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 form of entertainment that arrived to fill this new leisure time, and appealed particularly to young people, was the discotheque. These jazzed-up dance halls provided not only the opportunity to(…)

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 to 2,200 locations. Australia followed suit (the first one in Australia opening in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood), and Drive-In Cinemas appeared everywhere. People enjoyed being able to go out without(…)

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