Browsing: Fads

During the sexually liberated ’70s, when the rule of thumb was “if it feels good do it”, gay sexuality seemed a lot less taboo. Rock…

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In the late 60s and early 70s, the Black Light brought a new dimension to our world. White T-shirts and teeth suddenly would glow in…

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The white anklets known as bobby sox (socks) rocked the conservative world when teenagers began wearing the socks with saddle shoes as a form of…

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When young actors like Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick and Rob Lowe moved out of obscurity and into films like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day…

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A major component of the budding hip-hop culture of the early 80s, break dancing was a physically demanding youth-oriented dance activity involving complex, improvisational manoeuvres…

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The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie…

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Billy Butlin spotted two things in the 1930s: First, that holidaymakers were routinely turfed out of their boarding houses and not allowed back in until teatime.…

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From his first appearance in the surfing newspaper Tracks, in 1973, Captain Goodvibes was a major hit with young Australian readers. The “pig of steel”…

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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 hikers…

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“This chain letter was started in 1972 by a man in Campbell, Missouri, who was completely broke. In less than one year he became extremely…

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Chu-Bops were packs of record-shaped pink bubblegum that came housed in a small 3″ X 3″ replica album cover. The Amural Products Company of Naperville,…

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Newsweek magazine declared the year 1969 the “Year of the Commune”. A commune could be characterised as a large group of people (usually unrelated) living…

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Cool Britannia (a play on the title of the popular British patriotic song Rule, Britannia) was a period of increased pride in the culture of the…

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First published in 1886, Cosmopolitan was known as bland and boring with a slipping circulation. And then Helen Gurley Brown (author of the 1962 book…

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Originally made by the American Aerosol Company in 1965, the “fun foam soap” delighted kids with pop culture character designs such as Popeye, Spider-Man and…

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Crop circles – a phenomenon which began in the 1970s – were areas in fields where crops (usually cereal crops such as wheat and barley,…

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