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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Lawn Flamingos

In 1951, Don Featherstone designed the first plastic lawn flamingo for Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts. The hollow, steel-legged bird soon became the lawn ornament...

Soda Stream

"Get busy with the fizzy" is what the adverts used to urge in the Soda Stream's heyday. And what a tantalising idea that was for...

Bunty

How come the Four Marys are still in the Third Form at St Elmo's? Have they really been kept down for thirty odd years....

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...

Fisher-Price Little People

Some people believe your imagination is at its strongest when you are a child. Good evidence for this theory is provided by the enduring...

Wacky Packages

Wacky Packages first appeared in 1967 as Die-Cuts and Wacky Ads. Using the same form as traditional trading card packages, Die-Cuts and Wacky Ads...