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Avalanche

This early Atari title wasn’t exactly the black-and-white equivalent of a Swiss Alps nightmare, but it was the closest a video game could come...

Avon Ladies

"Ding Dong, Avon Calling" The most successful door-to-door makeup enterprise in history, Avon has been bringing front door service to housewives since 1886. The company...

Ayatollah Khomeini

Trained as a Muslim theologian, Ayatollah Khomeini became the arch-prophet of Islamic fundamentalism in Iran. Bitterly opposed to the Westernised regime of Shah Mohammed...

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...

Baby Doll Dresses

During the swinging 60s, men advanced to walking on the moon, and ladies reverted back to infancy. The 60s rejected the voluptuous hourglass curves of...

Baby On Board

Yuppie car rear-window signs proclaiming the presence of an ankle-biter in the car. The signs originated in 1985 as a way of informing rescue workers...

Back of the Bus

The only place the cool kids sat on the bus to and from school (and on trips to sporting fixtures). In the 70s they...

Ballerina Pumps

It all started with a simple request. "All-American look" fashion designer Claire McCardell commissioned dance shoe manufacturer Capezio to create a comfortable, yet fashion-savvy...

Banana Clips

These long, toothy hair accessories made your skimpy little ponytail look long 'n' layered. Very popular in the early to mid-80s and still available in...

Bandana

A simple cotton handkerchief, or sometimes just a crude cut of cloth, the bandana first became associated with the Old West. The cloth neckerchief...

Barbara Windsor

During the mid-50s, Barabara Windsor was the singer with Ronnie Scott's Band for a while. She joined the band as replacement for Annie Ross...

Barbie

In a 1950s West German tabloid comic strip, there lived a buxom blonde character named 'Lili'. She was very popular in two dimensions, so it...

Barney

Barney & Friends was an inane PBS children's television show about a stuffed purple dinosaur who grows and comes to life. The series quickly developed a...

Barney Bubbles

Barney Bubbles is a cult figure among other designers but is barely known outside the field. Unlike contemporaries and followers like Peter Saville, Neville...

Barrel of Monkeys

Lakeside Toys first introduced Barrel of Monkeys in 1966. It only took seconds to learn, but the challenge could keep players hooked for hours. Inside...

Battleship

"B-11". "nah!" "A-3" "D'oh . . . You sunk my battleship!". In this "classic naval combat game" the open seas were cluttered with ships of war,...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops was as close to watching gladiatorial combat as most kids got (except those kids whose dads took them to illegal cockfights!). Once you...

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Bazaar

One of the most frustrating things about almost every pinball game is the gap between the two flippers. No matter how good players are,...

Bean Bags

When the Bean Bag emerged in the late 60s and 70s it was heralded as the furniture of tomorrow for the well-heeled of today. It...

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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...