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Abbie Hoffman

1 9 3 6 - 1 9 8 9 Abbott "Abbie" Hoffman was a US left-wing political activist, and founder of the Yippies (Youth International Party), a political offshoot of the hippies. He was also a member of the Chicago Seven, a radical group tried for attempting to disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention. Hoffman was(...)


Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970's, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in the controversial TV series Number 96. As the virtuous, smouldering Bev she revealed a glimpse of breast and a slash of buttock, but her male fans had to wait until July(...)

Abominable Snowman

During the 1950s and 1960s fascination with the Abominable Snowman (or Yeti) reached fever pitch. The Himalayan half man, half ape joined the Loch Ness Monster and the American northwest's 'Bigfoot' as the most popular mythical legends. To the native Sherpa tribe of the Eurasian Himalaya mountain region, the Abominable Snowman was a religious figure(...)

Action Figures

What??? A boy playing with a doll??? Are you insane? These weren't dolls, they were 'Action Figures'. There's a big difference . . . Dolls are for girls, action figures are for boys, okay? Action Jackson Action Man Big Jim Bionic Woman Bonanza action figures Captain Action Colorform Aliens Evel Knievel G.I. Joe Six Million Dollar(...)

Action Jackson

The Mego company got its start as an importer of toys and household novelties but in the early 1970s, they began production on an action figure that was meant as a low-cost alternative to the incredibly popular G.I. Joe. This first doll’s name was Fighting Yank, and when the Yank didn’t do so well, Mego(...)

Action Man

Action Man was another product from America, where he was launched under the name GI Joe by Hasbro in 1964. The backlash against the Vietnam War at the end of the decade led to that character being discontinued. The 1/6th scale Action Man "doll" hit the stores in 1966 (manufactured under license by Palitoy) and(...)


The name Adidas actually came from the brand’s creator, Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler. Founded in 1920, Adidas revolutionised the lacklustre athletic performance shoe market, making an auspicious debut at the 1926 Amsterdam Olympics. The shoes blazed a trail on soccer teams, boxers, runners and tennis pros - it seemed that the best accessory for a gold(...)


Aerobics word association - Lycra, Spandex, headbands, striped outfits, jiggling flab, overenthusiastic instructors, Flashdance (1983), sports bras, bike shorts, bad music, Richard Simmons, and in 1982, Jane Fonda (pictured below left) topped the best-seller list with her Workout Book.    The 1980s brought the dawn of the Evian/bottled water phenomenon and the ultimate icon was Olivia Newton-John (pictured above right)(...)

Afghan Coats

The Afghan Coat was a fur-lined and trimmed sheepskin or goatskin coat, sometimes with intricate embroidery decoration, but often crudely made. Particularly loved by hippies - and especially popular with groups like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles - the coats were sometimes lined with patchouli to cover the terrible smell of the fur (although(...)

Afghanistan War

In December 1979, the Soviet Union expanded its Communist Empire by installing a pro-Soviet government in Afghanistan. The USSR had already infiltrated Afghanistan, supplying the government with arms and ammunition to aid its battle with the Mujahedeen (Muslim rebels supported by Pakistan) and sending in 5,000 Soviet combat troops, which took control of the country.(...)


The Africar was the idea of Tony Howarth, an English journalist and photographer who spent much of the 1970s in Africa. He disliked the developed world's policy of selling vehicles to developing nations which were unsuitable for the conditions, and the fact that the cars disintegrated long before the bills were paid. And so the(...)


The hair-do that simply exploded out of the head - BOOM! Also the hair-do that told everyone you were bigger, better and badder than all the rest (Like Superfly). Shaft wore one, and so did Black Panthers leader Angela Davis, and as Black Pride took to the streets, African-Americans not only reclaimed an affection for African dress and accessories,(...)

After Shave

The liberated new man of the 70s was not afraid of scents. A whole new arm of the perfume industry opened up especially to pamper him. Where his father's options had pretty much been Old Spice or Aqua Velva (which were still around and still maintained their popularity), the 70s man now had Brut, Hai(...)

Agent Orange

The selective weed killer known as "Agent Orange" became notorious for its use in the 1960s during the Vietnam War by US forces to eliminate ground cover which could protect enemy forces. It was subsequently discovered to contain highly poisonous dioxin. Thousands of US troops who had handled it, along with many Vietnamese people who(...)


Beginning in 1960, Aggravation managed to bring young and old together around the board for a classic marble race. Each player's task was to take four marbles from Base to Home, but the journey was fraught with peril. This was a game of every marble for itself, and no space was big enough for two(...)

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