Browsing: Fads

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 bought the 12-inch version instead. This…

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 stiff competition but always remained true…

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 cinema to see such classic fare…

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 around – But…

ADIDAS Brand-name graffiti appearing primarily on running shoes, including a pair that glows in the dark. AGEISM Discrimination against the elderly for being old. AIR SUPPORT “It’s not bombing -…

This was the first practical way to play recorded music in your car and was invented by Bill Lear and developed in the 1960s by a diverse consortium including RCA…

“Awesome” is equal to or slightly better than “Cool”, certainly better than “Bad” (or “Bitchin”) and about on a par with “Gnarly”, but definitely nowhere near as good as “Tubular”.…

During the 1950s and 1960s fascination with the Abominable Snowman (or Yeti) reached fever pitch. The Himalayan half man, half ape joined the Loch Ness Monster and the American northwest’s…

Aerobics word association – Lycra, Spandex, headbands, striped outfits, jiggling flab, overenthusiastic instructors, Flashdance (1983), sports bras, bike shorts, bad music, Richard Simmons, and in 1982, Jane Fonda (pictured below left) topped the…

The hair-do that simply exploded out of the head – BOOM! Also the hair-do that told everyone you were bigger, better and badder than all the rest (Like Superfly). Shaft wore one,…

In the mid-1950’s, Milton Levine was enjoying Fourth of July festivities in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, when the ant minions that he was watching jogged his memory back to…

“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 was the brainchild of David…

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 that there was a baby…

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 also started life with a…

By 1963 the newspapers were calling it “Beatlemania” – and there was no doubt that Britain was in love with The Beatles. Screaming fans clogged the streets around the London Palladium…

“Don’t fret cat, it’s all bells. We got no bread baby, but that’s not our bag anyway. So dig the crazy scene and don’t be such a drag”. The beats…

The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean spanning more than 500,000 square miles where, over the years, many ships and planes allegedly disappeared without a trace.…

In the extremes of the 80s, the “bigger is better” concept came also to hair. To follow the fashion precept that all things must be in proportion, the wide shoulders,…

‘Bigfoot’ was a major “thing” in the 1970s, explored in numerous documentaries, and imagined on such series as The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.  Sasquatch even starred in his…

The biorhythm arcade machines of the 1970s were certainly akin to fortune-telling machines, but with all those lines and numbers, they gave the impression that their predictions were actually steeped…