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Cap Guns

The first cap guns were born out of economic necessity. After the American Civil War ended in 1865, several gun manufacturers found themselves with...

Candy Land

Imagine that the Brothers Grimm invented a board game. Now take out the witches. Welcome to Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio when...

Boggle

The world has its share of word games, but perhaps none as hyperactive as Boggle, which was first released in 1973. Sixteen letters, three minutes,...

Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman was a spin-off of another bionic-themed prime time hit, The Six Million Dollar Man. In the dramatic opening credits of the show,...

Star Wars Figures

It was every parent's nightmare. A seemingly endless stream of plastic figures that were just affordable individually, but for which you'd need to take...

Colorform Aliens

In 1968, the Colorform company made a bold attempt at cracking the action figure market with a set of seven bendable rubber "Outer Space...

Captain Action

With a change of clothes and mask, Captain Action could alter his identity into some of the mightiest heroes on the planet. The basic 1966...

Bonanza Action Figures

Life was good at the Ponderosa Ranch in the mid-60's. Bonanza was the most-watched program in the USA, the Nevada mountains were still pristine...

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...

Jacks

It’s said that Jacks have origins in ancient counting games, but they started to captivate Western kids around the turn of the twentieth century. The...

Zeroids

“Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose -...

Donald Campbell

In 1964, Campbell broke the world land-speed record at Lake Eyre in South Australia when he drove Bluebird at 403.1 mph.

Leisure Suit Larry

Larry Laffer was a short, tacky, balding, forty-year-old man who had been living with his mother until recently. He used to be in the software...

Whac-a-Mole

Developed in 1970 by Bob’s Space Racers, the anger-abating coin-operated game Whac-a-Mole did exactly what it said on the tin! There were five holes out...

Jackie

DC Thomson already had a grip on the comics business with The Dandy and The Beano for boys and Bunty for girls. Noting that two rival magazines - Valentine and Boyfriend - were selling approximately...

Hush Puppies

Before Hush Puppies Shoes revolutionised the footwear market in 1958 with their super-soft comfort sole and the forgiving stretch of pigskin suede, there were...

Internet, The

Originally based on the ARPAnet military network launched in 1969 to link only universities, government bodies and defence agencies, the Internet quickly evolved into...

Interior Design in the 1980s

Walls and fabrics in grey, neon hot pink and teal with accessories made of fashionable black plastic. mmm... nice.

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Aggravation

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...

Baader-Meinhof (Red Army Faction)

"Baader-Meinhof" became the popular name for the West German left-wing guerrilla group the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction), who were active from 1968 against what...

Twiggy

Twiggy's success story began in 1965 when Nigel Davies – a jack-of-all-trades who had worked as a bookie's office boy, amateur boxer, antique salesman,...

Polo shirts

The alligator, the crocodile, the tiger, the swan, and the fox (and in Australia, the penguin) . . . All these mascots were proud to...

TaB

Proving once again that you can sell anything with adverts featuring a bikini-clad sex goddess with a 2" waist and 'something to hold on...

New Car Prices in Australia in 1978

Datsun 120Y  - $4,299Datsun 180B - $4,999Datsun 200B - $5,148HZ Holden Kingswood - $5,446Holden Sunbird - $5,495Mini S - $3,895Mini LS - $4,250Moke Californian...