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...

Belt Buckles

Belt Buckles

In the 70s, if decal-laden shirts and patched jeans wasn’t enough to promote your preferred philosophy, tastes in music, or even your favorite beer, there was still a little bit of bodily real estate to let the world know who you were and what you held dear. Of course, we are talking about the obligatory, over-sized belt buckle, keeping those jeans securely in place while letting the world know of your intent to “Keep on Truckin!” or whatever other declaration you needed to share. Continue reading...

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver loved all things green, from the forests in his beloved Colorado mountain-scape to his frequent duet partner, Kermit the Frog. He was a skilled songwriter with fourteen gold records to his credit, and though his folk music might seem uniquely American, he was incredibly popular around the globe. The 70's certainly wouldn't have been the same without him, and it's hard to imagine Christmas without his TV specials. Continue reading...

Hangman

Hangman

A children's game centered around a virtual public execution might not seem the most politically-correct idea, but that hasn't stopped millions of youngsters from playing Hangman over the years. Much like the game of Battleship, generations of kids only needed paper and a pencil to play, but eventually a board game would follow to enhance the experience. 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...

Aggravation

Aggravation

It's always been hard to find that "family game" balance. Make it too hard, the little tykes wouldn't get it. Make it too easy, and nobody else would want to play with the little tykes. But sometimes, that rare game got it right. Take, for example, the case of Aggravation, a board game marketed by Lakeside that bore a striking resemblance to the ancient game of Parcheesi. Continue reading...

The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Based on a children's story published in Good Housekeeping in 1956, The Year Without a Santa Claus imagined every child's worst nightmare - what if Santa decided to take a year off? The story might have faded into obscurity, except stop-motion animation gurus, Rankin-Bass decided to give it new life in 1974, with a star-studded television special that won the hearts of many a kid. Continue reading...

Alpha-Bits

Alpha-Bits

Waging war against illiteracy, one bowl at a time, Alpha-Bits are the alphabet soup of the breakfast table. Introduced by Post cereals in 1958, they quickly won the hearts of kids everywhere who loved the sweet taste, not to mention the ability to spell words in their cereal bowl. Continue reading...