Barbie

Barbie

Perhaps the best word to describe the iconic children’s toy, known simply as Barbie, is “invincible.” In the battle waged to win the hearts and minds of little girls (and more than a few boys) everywhere, the toy battleground is littered with thousands of battered beauties, all whom failed to knock this iconic princess from her lofty pedestal. In name recognition alone, real people like Princess Diana and Mother Theresa don’t hold a candle to Barbie, a doll that, for over the past five decades, always seems to emerge unscathed and ready to show the world why she is the queen of style, the princess of fashion, and the most beloved toy that perhaps the world has ever known. Continue reading...

Baseball Games

Baseball Games

More than a half-century before anyone would ever know what a video game was, pinball games reigned supreme in the local arcade and enjoyed a long and colorful history that continues today. But another game emerged back in the 30s, one called a “pitch and bat,” which led to a series of wonderful pinball-esque baseball games that are still fondly remembered to this day. Continue reading...

Battleship Game

Battleship

Strategically place your fleet out of harms way and pray that your number (and letter) doesn’t come up. In the seas of war, torpedoes are flying and coordinates barked at an ever-increasing pace. It’s going to take a little logic and a lot of luck to win this battle, all fought within the confines of dueling plastic L-shaped game boards. This is Milton Bradley's Battleship, “the classic naval combat game!” Continue reading...

Bazooka

Bazooka

So, Bazooka isn't the first bubble gum, nor even the first to include a comic strip on its wrapper. No matter, its iconic status is assured as perhaps the most popular gum ever produced. Just ask the millions of kids who ever bought a fistful of the penny candy, so they could save up a stack of Bazooka Joe comics and turn them in for a coveted prize. Continue reading...

BB Bats

BB Bats

Some candies are so teeth-adhesive that one wonders if a dentist invented them. And while the little rectangular suckers known as BB Bats might not have been invented by one of these white-coat-wearing sadists, they have probably made as many dentists smile as the kids that chomp into them. Continue reading...

Beehive

Beehive

The beehive first made hair history in the fabulous 50s. In the 60s, the bouffant grew bigger and more elaborate. Sassy waitress Flo sported the style in the 70s sitcom, Alice, pop stars The B-52's were crowned with colorful beehives in the 80s, and blue-topped Marge Simpson took the style into the 90s and beyond. How did this unlikely style maintain its cultural status for so long? Read ahead and find out! Continue reading...

Bit-O-Honey

Bit-O-Honey

Chicago has long held a reputation as the candy capitol of the United States. And, in 1924, the Schutter-Johnson Company launched a unique new chew to the windy city, one that would delight children and dentists alike. Christened as the Bit-O-Honey, it was guaranteed to give a kid’s jaw muscles a workout like no other. Continue reading...

Bomb Pop

Bomb Pops

For many a kid, the arrival of summer coincided with the ringing of faraway bells, ones that signified the approach of a little white truck, filled to the brim with frozen treats. And, assuming your parents were generous with their spare change, you would soon come face to face with a vast menu of choices plastered on the side of the truck. With so many items to choose from, many gravitated towards the most patriotic of Popsicles - the Bomb Pop. Popular for over 50 years now, they have proven that they are as American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Continue reading...