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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...

Heroin Chic

Heroin Chic was a look popularised in mid-1990s fashion and characterised by pale skin, dark circles underneath the eyes and angular bone structure. The...

Hip-Pocket Records

The Hip-Pocket Record was introduced by Philco, the electronics division of the Ford Motor Company in the US in 1967. 41 Hip-Pocket Records were issued...

Hippies

Like no other time before, the 60’s exploded into personal freedom and self-expression, seen through bands of teenagers with unique — and remarkably different...

Hitler Diaries, The

Charles Hamilton Jr, a Manhattan dealer of autograph manuscripts was asked to comment on the so-called Hitler diaries supposedly found in an East German...

Hula Hoop

The Hula Hoop is the standard by which all fads are measured. Somewhere inside that plastic ring lay the key to the hearts of...

HyperColor T-shirts

T-Shirts that would - in theory - change colour if you touched them. In reality, you had to pull the shirt to your mouth...

I’m Backing Britain (1968)

During the early 1960s the most prevalent image in London was of the Union Jack, which found its way onto every kind of accessory,...

Iron-On T-Shirt Transfers

There once was a time, believe it or not, when all t-shirts were not blank white garments. But as soon as someone realised that a...

Jive Bunny

On 16 December 1989, Jive Bunny equalled the record of three consecutive UK #1 hits with their first three singles - a record formerly...

Jogging

Running and sprinting had been around since time immemorial and were associated with competitive running. "Jogging", on the other hand, achieved currency when individuals took...

Joy of Sex, The

In 1972, a strange book with strange drawings began to appear in bedrooms - The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Subtitled A Gourmet Guide, the book was...

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...

Key Parties

'Swingers' would throw their car keys into a pot in the middle of a swirly-pattern carpeted room, have a few Campari and sodas and...

Klackers/Clackers/Klick-Klacks

Also known as Clackers, Klick-Klacks, Whackers, Ker-Knockers, Whack'os, Bangers, Poppers, Bonkers, Clack Clacks, K-Nokkers, Mini Poppers, Rockers, Super Clackers, Whak Kos, Quick Klacks, Quick...

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...

Limbo

In Trinidad, mourners at a traditional funeral approach a horizontal bamboo pole and attempt to walk forward while bending backwards from the waist, in...

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...

Mad Magazine

Mad magazine was published for the first time in 1952, although the magazine's moronic-looking mascot, Alfred E Neuman (pictured), wasn't introduced until 1956. Norman Mingo, the...

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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...