Magic Markers

Magic Markers

Favored tool in the creation of posters, labels and Science Fair projects, the Magic Marker has played a major role in the classroom and at home for its ability to leave its mark… permanently. Colored pencils were a bit bland; paints were fun, yet somewhat messy. The Magic Marker, however, was the perfect way to introduce a splash of color to any piece of paper. Of course, some also emitted one of most beloved scents of youth. 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...

Chick-O-Stick

Chick-O-Stick

When it comes to the confection called a Chick-O-Stick, people fall into one of two camps. The first has eyed them in the candy aisle, an odd tube of something wrapped in plastic and devoid of chocolate. These folks usually keep their distance. The other group understands that this is one unique and tasty treat, worthy of every penny. Thankfully, the latter buys enough Chick-O-Sticks to ensure that they stick around, as they have for over six decades. Continue reading...

Let's Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

If there is one thing that contestents of Let's Make a Deal could have really used it is X-ray vision. Instead, they had to rely on pure intuition as they decided whether to take Monty's modest cash offering or instead reveal what lurked behind one of three doors. Choose wisely and the sky was the limit. Choose poorly and you might just become a proud parent to a new llama. Continue reading...

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...

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...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops

Assuming you didn't have access to cockfights and bare-knuckle boxing bouts as a kid, the next best thing to getting your gladiatorial fix was Battle Tops. Once you released your spinning top into the plastic arena, you could sit back and watch the carnage erupt as you cheered on your fearless plastic cohort and hoped that, once the dust cleared, it emerged the last one standing, er, spinning. Continue reading...