Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

The shopping malls of yesteryear were the hub of their respective communities. For adults, they offered a one-stop shopping experience that would reign until big box stores and the internet arrived. For teens, the experience was entirely social - a place to meet friends, find a love interest, or simply bestow their allowance upon the well-stocked arcade. Continue reading...

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

When Kenner created the Easy-Bake oven, it provided kids with a safer alternative for practicing their culinary skills, thereby keeping them out of the kitchen and its inherent dangers. Shrinky Dinks, on the other hand, brought them back to their kitchens in droves, eager to watch the shrinking process through the glass window as their artistic creations were transformed into decorative plastic trinkets. Sure, some may have received a few minor burns along the way, but not enough to dissuade them from playing with their beloved Shrinky Dinks, a toy that has remained enormously popular since its inception. Continue reading...

Sigmund and the Sea-Monsters

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Few people made a more profound impact on the Saturday mornings of the 70s than the creative duo of Sid and Marty Krofft. They whisked us off to one magical locale after another with such offerings as H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos and Lidsville. In 1973, a floating piece of seaweed inspired the pair to create a series a little closer to home. Breaking with their surrealistic style, they set their new show at a southern California beach, and called it Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Continue reading...

Silly Putty

Silly Putty

What an inert, innocent appearance for such a versatile toy. Silly Putty would just sit there like a lump—literally—until you deigned to pick it up. But then, oh then…it came alive. Well, not really; there was a fair amount of elbow grease involved in getting enjoyment out of the Putty. It bounced; it flowed (if given enough time); it stuck to the wall; it stuck to newsprint and comic books and copied whatever was on the page; it even picked up pet hair and dust, should the average 8-year old feel a sudden urge to clean the living room. It could be kneaded and bent, stretched and flattened. And it owed its existence to an accident. Continue reading...

Silly String

Silly String

Like some of your finer spray cheeses, Silly String comes packaged in an aerosol container and can be shot at targets up to 10 feet away. Sadly, it’s not edible like its Kraft counterpart, but ever since Wham-O introduced this novelty in the late 60s, it's probably appeared at just as many parties. Continue reading...

Simon

Simon

As the 70s came to a close, and with video games clearly the wave of the future, many a Christmas wishlist contained a single word towards the top - Simon. From its inception, this Milton Bradley classic was a must-have game, and it remains a beloved icon from the era, a multi-colored musical light show who served as a loyal friend on a lonely day. Let's take a look back at this addictive little toy. Continue reading...

Simon and Garfunkle

Simon and Garfunkle

There was a simplistic beauty to Simon and Garfunkle, two voices intertwined in pristine harmony to the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar. Add haunting, cerebral lyrics written by a masterful storyteller and you have one of the most successful musical duos of all time. But underneath the magic was a volatile tension that, despite their many appearances together, the pair has never quite been able to mend. Continue reading...

Sit 'n Spin

Sit ‘n Spin

It is a scientific fact that if you take a child, place them in a featureless void, forbidden to speak, they will still find a way to entertain themselves. How? By spinning in place, of course. Every kid everywhere spontaneously invented spinning and the activity never lost its appeal. Confusing your inner ear was the first natural high experienced by all toddlers, which was why they always pleaded to go on one more Tea Cup or Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the carnival, even if they were already staggering around like drunks. Enter Sit ‘n Spin, an amusement park for one. Continue reading...