Browsing: Fads

The original teen fashion rebel of the post-war era, the “Teddy Boy” paved the path of rebellion for all hooligans to come. During the war…

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Tiger Beat was founded in September 1965 by Charles “Chuck” Laufer, his brother Ira Laufer, and television producer and host Lloyd Thaxton. Marketed primarily to…

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Tupperware, a company making plastic kitchen containers and other domestic items, always concentrated on selling its products through party-plan selling, allowing housewives to buy the…

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Of all the fads, foibles and crazes that swept the Sixties (and there were LOTS), few caught on as universally as The Twist. It started…

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The Unisex fashion movement largely came and went in one year: 1968. The trend began on the Paris runways, where designers like Pierre Cardin, Andre…

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The technology behind the Sony Walkman – a portable personal device for listening to cassettes – might never have developed without Sony Chairman Akio Morita. Seeking…

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In 1968, Charles Prior Hall, a furniture designer in California decided to create the world’s most comfortable chair. Taking his cue from the very popular…

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It all began when the producers of the two-year-old Dallas devised a cliff-hanger ending to their popular super soap. “Who shot J R Ewing?” was a…

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After several rumours of licences not being renewed, battles with the police and the drugs squad and many other problems, it was ultimately none of…

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While the first-wave feminism of the 19th and early 20th centuries focused on women’s legal rights, especially the right to vote, the second-wave feminism of…

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World Cup Willie, a roguish little lion with a Union Jack jersey, emerged as one of the leading personalities of the 1966 World Cup competition.…

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A playground favourite for millions of schoolchildren the world over, the Yo-Yo is actually, according to some historians, one of the oldest toys around. Museums…

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What rich 1980s white-collar workers were called in the decade when the western world revelled in unapologetic materialism. Yuppies (an acronym for “Young Urban Professionals”)…

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