Fads

The Rubik's Cube, The Mind-Boggling Toy Worth Millions

March 7, 2022

Few inventions in the entirety of human history can match the simplicity and popularity of the Rubik’s Cube. Born from the mind of a Hungarian architect aptly na...

The Rise And Fall Of Betamax

February 27, 2022

Today, technology has created the “streaming wars” where providers like Netflix, Disney Plus, and other companies fight tooth and nail for our $12+ per month. However, long before streami...

Frogger's Rise To The Top

February 19, 2022

When it comes to nostalgic video games, few pixelated pastimes can touch the popularity and shelf life of Frogger. The quintessential arcade game became so popular that the Parker Brothers e...

The Great '80s Hair Expansion

January 30, 2022

When it comes to the ‘80s, the saying “bigger is better” applied to everything from cars to stereo systems but most of all, hair. From hair metal bands to Aqua Net infused ‘fros that cou...

Disco Dancing The Night Away

January 24, 2022

Disco music arose from various subcultures; it had origins in the dance parties thrown by the New York City underground gay community as well as in the R&B scene in Philadelphia from the ...

The Evolution Of Fashion Shoulder Pads

January 18, 2022

Perhaps more than any decade the 1980s defined strange fads, headlined by the Koosh ball, Cabbage Patch Kids, and of course, shoulder pads. While the origins of the scapular rai...

The Life And Death Of The Canadian Tuxedo

January 6, 2022

Perhaps no outfit has ever run the cyclical gambit of fashion more than the all denim, cowboy classic known as the Canadian Tuxedo. Denim began life as the working man’s or w...

Cabbage Patch Kids: A Dark Tale Of A Doll

November 29, 2021

In 1978, the Little People were registered as collectibles with the United States Copyright office as the “The Little People”. These soft-bodied dolls were originally sold by...

Troll Dolls: From Wood Carvings To Bestselling Toys

November 21, 2021

Although most people tend to think of troll dolls as the rather colorful, somewhat creepy dolls which emerged in the 1960s, they are connected to Scandinavia mythol...

What Kids Today Missed From Groovy Era Halloween Costumes

October 30, 2021

Halloween costumes of the Groovy Era lacked the elaborate intricacy of contemporary times. However, while they fell short on the complexity like the era they ...

The Grooviest Afros Of The "60s and "70s

August 31, 2021

The ‘60s and ‘70s brought many groovy influences into the world but none groovier than the Afro. In reality, the bouncy, effervescent hairstyle represented so much more than a...

The Orginal Mini Cooper

August 27, 2021

Endless ill-conceived sports cars account for much of Britain’s automotive history, however, the original Mini Cooper stands apart. Voted the “European Car of the Century” in 1999 by 130 motor...

Home Trends in the 1970s

July 23, 2021

Key parties, disco, and Woodstock all epitomize the ‘70s, including a different sort of wood that filled the homes of burgeoning baby boomers across America. Along with a shag carpet and lino...

Fashion Mistakes in the 1960s

July 19, 2021

The ‘60s was a time for changes in the fashion world, as the beginning of the decade still held on to the more conservative fashions of the prior decade. Some of the fashion mistakes of ...

Popular toys in the 1970s

July 11, 2021

The ‘70s saw wild changes in almost every aspect of American life but, most enjoyably in toys! The decade that exposed incredible instability with Watergate and Vietnam also unleashed a torr...

Fisher Price's Little People: Armless, Legless Wonder Toys Of The '60s

June 5, 2021

Fisher Price, the company with the logo “Our Work is Child’s Play,” started in 1959, although some would say that they started before that date, ...

What Was 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' And Why Was It So Popular?

January 7, 2021

Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, published in 1970, was a novella -- about, yes, a seagull -- than became a bestseller and one of the defin...

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