Upsy Downsy

Upsy Downsy

The year was 1969 and lava lamp-laden hippies roamed the earth. Besides gathering together for the lovefest that was Woodstock, they also helped to create a fashion style that went so far as to invade the toy world. The result was a set of colorful characters that had their own little commune of psychedelic happiness, the groovy and ever-lovable Mattel Upsy Downsys. Continue reading...

Eurythmics

Eurythmics

The rise of MTV in the early 80s opened up a new venue for artists who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. One of the best and most successful groups to rise to the challenge was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits bridging the gap between electronica and soul, thanks to the pristine voice and colorful persona of frontwoman Annie Lennox. Continue reading...

Manwich

Manwich

Savory tomato goodness in a can, ready to be united in marriage to a package of ground beef and slobbered over a hamburger bun to overflowing. If your jaw doesn’t practically dislocate when you take a bite, and a clump of saucy meat doesn't drop onto your lap, you’ve failed to grasp the concept of the beloved sandwich known as a Manwich. Continue reading...

adidas

adidas

While games of "guess the acronym" infused a little humor back in the day, the name adidas (lowercase "a") actually came from the brand's creator, Adolf 'Adi' Dassler. And dazzle them he did, with his functional yet ultra-cool kickers with the triple stripes. Embraced by athlete and average Joe alike, adidas has found a tight fit on the feet of Olympians, rappers, teenagers and even moms. Continue reading...

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

If you ever fantasized about arcade games in your living room, a car-shaped bed, or just living with Ricky Schroder, then Silver Spoons was right up your alley. This kid-friendly sitcom arrived in the 80s and quickly became a favorite among the school age set. Continue reading...

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

If there is one thing that a little girl named Pollyanna taught the world, it was to never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Granted, it’s often easier said than done, but perhaps if everyone were to become better versed in “The Glad Game,” the world would be a happier place. Continue reading...

Tie-Dye

Tie-Dye

The 60s were an era of psychedelic imagery, with everything from posters to album covers to electric lamps offering swirling rainbows of vivid patterns that perfectly accompanied the psychedelic music of the generation. In an effort To add the same colorful vibrancy to their apparel, people turned to an ancient art of tie-dye. Continue reading...

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Baseball is sometimes described as a game of ghosts, with players competing not only against their peers, but also the records belonging to the hallowed heroes of yesteryear. In 1989, a group of these apparitions appeared at a corn field in Iowa, ready to take on Kevin Costner in the sentimental sports film, Field of Dreams. Continue reading...