Fruit Stripe

Fruit Stripe

Certain scents have this way of adhering to our memory banks for years. Such is the case with Fruit Stripe gum. One whiff conjures up decades-old images of fluorescent stripes and colorful zebras and intense fruit flavor that lasted all of a couple of minutes. But they were some wonderfully tasty minutes. Continue reading...

Buster Brown

Buster Brown

Charlie Brown and Snoopy may be the most iconic boy and dog ever paired together in a comic strip, but long before they ever appeared in the newspaper, children and their parents were all well aware of another cartoon duo, Buster Brown and Tige. Sure, they may not be quite as famous as their Peanuts cohorts, but they sure managed to sell a lot of shoes, ones worn by millions of children around the world. Continue reading...

Tupperware

Tupperware

Think back to the summers of your youth. You’re playing outside with your friends and you’ve worked up quite a thirst. Thankfully, there is a plastic pitcher in the fridge filled with Kool-Aid that you’ll proceed to pour into an equally indestructible plastic glass. Depending on the decade, both containers were probably made by Tupperware, perhaps the most popular plastic storage devices ever created. Continue reading...

Tab

Tab

Now relegated to the bottom shelf at the end of the soft drink aisle, Tab was once a pioneer, blazing a beverage trail that many others would emulate. It wasn't the first sugarless cola but, at one time, it was certainly the most popular. Today, one look at those bright pink cans harkens memories of the oft-maligned soft drink, one that made its mark and still manages to hang on amidst a sea of sugar-free competition. Continue reading...

Pink-Panther

The Pink Panther (series)

Of all of the bumbling personas ever to grace the big screen, there has perhaps never been one as beloved as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a detective so inept that it is a wonder he ever solved a case. His antics redefined slapstick in a way few had since Chaplin, thanks to the comic genius of a man named Peter Sellers, who would forever be adored as the incompetent inspector from the numerous Pink Panther films. Continue reading...

Dick Clark

Dick Clark

If anyone discovered the location of the mythical fountain of youth, it was Dick Clark. Over many a decade, his seeming inability to age led to the nation affectionately dubbing him "America's teenager". Host of American Bandstand for three decades, and the man who collectively led us into every New Year's celebration for forty years, Dick Clark was nothing short of an icon, beloved by millions. Continue reading...

La Choy

La Choy

With the exception of the coastal areas of the country, Asian food wasn't always so easy to come by in decades past. Today, you can't drive ten miles without running into a Panda Express, but in simpler times, the only exposure that many people had to Chinese cuisine came by way of La Choy, sold in cans at the supermarket. Continue reading...

Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...