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Tupperware Parties

Tupperware, a company making plastic kitchen containers and other domestic items, always concentrated on selling its products through party-plan selling, allowing housewives to buy...

TV Detector Vans

Since television licenses first appeared in the UK, the TV Detector Man has been a ghoulish spectre who can allegedly track down telly-watchers by...

Twist, The

Of all the fads, foibles and crazes that swept the Sixties (and there were LOTS), few caught on as universally as The Twist. It started...

Twister

"Left foot . . . red, right hand . . . yellow". These familiar words echoed through houses throughout the 60s as children of all...

Valley Girls

When it happened we can't say . . . fer sure - All of a sudden everything the 'Vals' did or said was blown...

Walkman

The technology behind the Sony Walkman - a portable personal device for listening to cassettes - might never have developed without Sony Chairman Akio Morita. Seeking...

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...

Who Shot JR?

It all began when the producers of the two-year-old Dallas devised a cliff-hanger ending to their popular super soap. "Who shot J R Ewing?" was a...

Wigan Casino

After several rumours of licences not being renewed, battles with the police and the drugs squad and many other problems, it was ultimately none...

Women’s Lib

In Britain in 1967, a man working in a factory was paid about £21 a week, while a woman was paid only £10 a...

X-Ray Spex (Specs)

Advertised in American comics, X-Ray Spex appeared to be a technological marvel. Despite only costing a few dollars they enabled you to see the bones...

Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

Yo-Yo

A playground favourite for millions of school children the world over, the Yo-Yo is actually, according to some historians, one of the oldest toys...

Yuppies

What rich 1980s white collar workers were called in the decade when the western world revelled in unapologetic materialism. Yuppies (an acronym for "Young Urban...

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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...