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Dansette

The Dansette record player became an iconic artefact of the youth culture of the 1950s and 1960s, and the name became a generic term...

Digital Watches

The first models (circa 1972) were very expensive and featured a flat black screen. One needed to press a small button on the side...

Discman

Sony launched the digital audio revolution in 1983 with the first compact disc player. In 1984 they went one better, by introducing a miniaturised CD player...

Drive-In Cinemas

On 7 June 1933, the world's first drive-in movie theatre opened in Camden, USA. Within twelve years the number of Drive-In's increased from 100...

Fallout Shelters

As the 1950s dawned, a Communist attack seemed imminent. The Russians had grabbed Berlin and in 1949 had successfully tested their own A-bomb. China had...

Floppy Disks

The US company IBM made a great breakthrough in the storage and retrieval of computer information in 1970. The IBM 3740 system could be used...

Hovercrafts

The hovercraft was invented by Suffolk boat builder Christopher Cockerell in 1956. The theory behind one of the most successful inventions of the 20th...

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

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...

Juke Box

The Seeburg company produced the first juke boxes to play 45 rpm singles, and they soon became regular fixtures in bars, bowling alleys and...

K-Tel

K-Tel were famous for their TV commercials pitching their mass-market compilation LPs and tapes and their household 'gadgets'. Everything they sold was labelled "As advertised...

Liquid Paper

Bette Nesmith Graham never set out to be an inventor, believing her vocation in life was to be an artist. However, shortly after the...

Microwave Ovens

Looking back, It is almost impossible to convey the wonder and awe these devices inspired when they were first introduced. Cooking food on paper...

Mobile Telephones (Cell Phones)

               

Moog Synthesizer

The Moog Synthesizer was originated by Dr Robert Moog in the mid-sixties and launched commercially in 1970. The synthesizer used electronically modulated oscillators to produce...

Moon Landing (1969)

It seemed the whole world had stopped. Then, clear as crystal, came those immortal words . . . "That's one small step for man...

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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...