Browsing: Fads

The Pet Rock was probably the biggest toy fluke of the 20th century. Can you imagine people today buying a rock decorated with animal features?…

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A six-man team of students at Derby College of Technology in the UK, working with hand tools such as axes, sledgehammers, crowbars and brooms, were…

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Playboy magazine was founded in 1953 by Hugh Marston Hefner (b.1926). To raise money for the venture he mortgaged his furniture at two different banks…

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The shorthand term for a set of liberal attitudes about education and society, and the terminology associated with them. To be “politically correct” is to…

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The first large-scale exhibition of Pop Art was held at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1963, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper…

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The weekly British pop magazine Popswop was first published in October 1972, primarily aimed at the teenage girl market. In addition to full-colour posters of…

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In the late 60s, the duffle coats and scarves of yesteryear were replaced by kaftans, beads, bells, velvet loon pants, afro hairstyles, bright military uniforms…

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For any kid attending a British comprehensive school between 1971 and 1977, Richard Allen’s Skinhead books were required reading. ‘Richard Allen’ was actually a pseudonym used by…

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Roller Derby was born in Chicago during the Depression but didn’t achieve national prominence until the advent of television in the late 1940s. In 1949,…

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Ronco is still going today, but its heyday was unquestionably the 1970s, when it churned out a seemingly never-ending range of unnecessary and frankly pointless…

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Just three months after the September 1976 punk festival, the Roxy opened in a former gay club at 41-43 Neal Street in the West End…

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Less well-known on American shores than he is at home in England, this hairy denizen of Nutwood Forest has been delighting children since 1920 when…

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There have been plenty of toys that allowed children to put their natural creative energies to work. Lego, Erector sets, and countless other similar items let kids…

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