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Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

Phone Cards

It used to be the case that if you wanted to telephone somebody while walking down the street you would go into a phone...

Pill, The

In the 1960s, the scientific advances and upheavals in post-industrial society collided to create the sexual revolution. From its roots in Britain and the US...

Quadraphonic Sound

Most of those responsible for the European development of the Quadraphonic stereo system would probably rather forget that they were involved. To say that it...

Sensurround

If you went to see Earthquake (1974) at a cinema, chances are that it was in "Sensurround". The Sensurround system was designed to envelop the audience with special...

Sinclair C5

"Imagine a vehicle that can drive you five miles for a penny. A vehicle that needs no petrol - just a battery. And that...

Sinclair ZX81

Sir Clive Sinclair's second home computer (following the ZX80) was a massive success, selling hundreds of thousands across the UK, although it didn't really...

Skylab

In July 1979, people began to stare nervously at the sky. After six years in space, Skylab, the orbiting US space laboratory, was due to...

Space Race, The

In the 1950's and 1960's, the USA and the Soviet Union raced each other to be first into space. The Soviet Union won. On 4...

Space Shuttle

Plans for the Space Shuttle were created in 1972 as a way to keep the cost of spaceflight down. The first space shuttle orbiter Enterprise flew...

Star Wars Program (SDI)

The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was an attempt by the USA to develop a defence system against incoming nuclear missiles, based in part outside...

Tamagotchis

Already hugely popular in Japan, Bandai's Tamagotchis - or "virtual pets" - were all the rage in the US in 1997. Retailing for between $9.99...

Test Tube Babies

The world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, weighing five pounds twelve ounces, was delivered by a Caesarean operation at Oldham District General Hospital, Greater...

Thalidomide

Thalidomide was a pharmaceutical ingredient used in medicines in the early 1960s as a sedative, and prescribed mainly to expectant mothers in the early...

Transistor Radios

When the transistor replaced the bulky and unreliable vacuum tube in amplification units, transistors did the job better and were much smaller, making it...

TV Detector Vans

Since television licenses first appeared in the UK, the TV Detector Man has been a ghoulish spectre who can allegedly track down telly-watchers by...

Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

The advent of the VCR suddenly offered the TV viewer a different relationship with broadcast television by making it possible to time shift, to...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

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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...