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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...

8-Track

This was the first practical way to play recorded music in your car and was invented by Bill Lear and developed in the 1960s...

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...

Apple Computers

The Lisa (pictured at right) was named after Steve Job's daughter and was first introduced in early 1983. It worked on a Motorola 68000...

Apple Macintosh

In 1977, 26-year-old Steve Wozniak and 29-year-old Steve Jobs marketed their new invention, the Apple II personal computer. In 1984, the revolutionary Apple Macintosh was released, and...

Arcade Games

Early 1950s fore-runners of arcade games included photo booths which became a national craze and shuffle games which moved beyond bowling with Deluxe Shuffle...

Asteroids

In the years after Star Wars (1977), anything involving outer space, zippy interstellar craft and dangerous battles was golden. Into this arena of sci-fi fantasy...

Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner...

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s)

Before Automatic Teller Machines (ATM's) were everywhere you had to withdraw your cash from a large building with human tellers and queues. OK, so...

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Boombox/Ghetto Blaster

A boombox (or Ghetto Blaster) - basically a large but portable cassette player with two or more loudspeakers - was first developed by Philips...

Café Bar

In the days before Starbucks and Café Latté on tap from every corner coffee shop, the height of sophistication and convenience for the serious...

Calculators

When they first appeared they were bulky and expensive. Three years after Texas Instruments invented the silicon chip, four function calculators (add, subtract, multiply...

Cassettes

Reel-to-reel tape had never been a convenient medium: Apart from the awkwardness of handling several hundred feet of closely-wound tape, the thing had to...

CB Radio

Citizens Band Radio had been around for years, but few people knew about them. 23 channels of two-way communication, frequented by curious techno-geeks, lost...

Compact Disc

Japanese and Dutch scientists invented the Compact Disc (CD) in 1981. It was able to record sound as microscopic changes in the surface of...

Computers

The first true computers were only built around the 1940s, and the progress of the computer since that time is undoubtedly one of the...

Concorde

The first supersonic airliner Concorde began transatlantic flights from London to New York on 24 May 1976. The new aircraft reduced the flight time to...

Cruise Missiles

The Cruise Missile - descended from the German V1 of World War II - is a long-range guided missile that has a terrain-seeking radar...

Daleks

The Daleks were the arch-enemies of the Doctor in the hugely popular BBC television series Doctor Who. They were created by writer Terry Nation and...

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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...