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The UFO Craze Of The '60s and '70s

November 30, 2018

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the ...

Groovy Nuances From the Modern ‘70s Home

November 30, 2018

Cake Making - A woman baking cakes in a fitted kitchen, circa 1975. (Photo by f8 Imaging/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) For many Americans owning a home is all part of the Ameri...

Groovy, Sexy Waterbeds

November 27, 2018

Model lying atop the 'Pleasure Island' waterbed in 1971 designed by Aaron Donner. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) Throughout the 1970s, many swinging singles a...

MUST Have Accessories From the Groovy Era

November 19, 2018

Vogue 1970 Charlotte Rampling, British actress, wearing a matching knit sweater and skirt, a wide brimmed hat by Halston and shiny boots by Charles Jourdan. (Photo by Arnaud de ...

Beanbag Chairs were Legit Furniture in the Groovy Era!

November 7, 2018

Beanbag Chairs! When we think of furniture from the groovy era, beanbag chairs immediately come to mind. These casual furniture icons came on the scene in the lat...

If You Were Born in the GROOVY era then you will rememb...

November 1, 2018

Diverse First Grade Classroom ST. LOUIS-03/17/67- A junior United Nations is present in the classes of Frazier School, Brentwood, Mo. where seventeen countries ...

Freebies from the Groovy Era – Definitely a “Thing” of ...

October 29, 2018

The '60s and '70s weren’t called the groovy era for nothing! Although it is an era remembered for being a time of social unrest in the United States, th...

Remember These Shampoo Brands of the 1970s?

October 11, 2018

Farrah Fawcett’s famous hair made her a natural for promoting her own brand of shampoo in the 1970s, Farrah Fawcett Shampoo. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)...

The 1970s were for Candy-Lovers: Ten Sweet Candies Intr...

October 9, 2018

June 10, 2004 in Fairfield, California. The late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was known for his fondness for jelly beans during his political career and ...

The Charm of the Jukebox… Keep an Eye Out Because They ...

October 6, 2018

Stephen Lapekas Student Stephen Lapekas (2R) playing a song on a juke box. (Photo by Stan Wayman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Jukeboxes have bee...

“Where The Boys Are”: The Novel, The Movie, and the Son...

October 2, 2018

Prior to 1960, few college students used their week off from school in the springtime, typically around Easter, to travel to warm, sunny beaches to party....

Mr. Whipple and Squeezable Toilet Paper

September 18, 2018

The Launch Of New Charmin Has Charmed Mr Whipple Out Of Retirement in 1985. (Photo By Bob Riha Jr./Getty Images) Debuting in 1964 was a fictional spokesperson for Charmin toilet ...

Paper Dresses: A Brief 1966 Fashion Fad

September 6, 2018

In 1966, the Scott Paper Company introduced the world to paper dresses, a type of disposable fad fashion that became a short-lived viral sensation. The Scott Paper Company was o...

Genius Advertising Jingles and Slogans from the '60s

August 29, 2018

Growing up in the '60s and '70s was a groovy time in America, through the eyes and ears of children and young people, anyway. By this time nearly every home in the ...

Seventies Footwear Trend was a Scandinavian Import

August 23, 2018

English actress and model Caroline Munro with fashion models Nikki Ross and Lula wearing smock style tunics, 13th February 1972. (Photo by McKeown/Daily Express/Hulton ...

Every '70s Girl Wanted a Gunne Sax

August 14, 2018

For teens and young women in the 1970s, there was one dress brand that was tops on their list….Gunne Sax! The dress line, owned by designer Jessica McClintock, opened in 1967 in San ...

12 Best Dance Crazes from the 60s

August 7, 2018

Chubby Checker poses for a studio portrait in 1960 in the United States. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) So many great songs of the 1960s inspired their own dances. Teeny-boppers wer...

A Gold Medal Winning Hairstyle: The Dorothy Hamill

July 26, 2018

Figure Skater Dorothy Hamill of the United States competes in a figure skating competition circa 1981. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) As a 1976 Olympic gold me...

Convoys, CBs, and Trucker Culture: Seventies Novelty So...

July 10, 2018

American singer-songwriter C.W. McCall released a novelty song called “Convoy” in 1976. This song, with its catchy tune and liberal used of trucker lingo, was...

Crazy (Ugly) Linoleum Kitchen Floors in the '70s

July 5, 2018

DIFF'RENT STROKES cast stand in the family's kitchen. Note the ugly linoleum flooring! (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) Remember the linoleum flooring tha...

These cool photos give us a glimpse of life in the '60s

June 28, 2018

A colorful hippie couple dressed in tie-dye and floral prints grin for the camera, California, circa 1969. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) The 1960s wa...

Groovy Posters from the Glorious '60s and '70s

June 19, 2018

Nearly every teen bedroom in the 1960s and 1970s had posters covering all the walls. Teens created shrines to their favorite hot celebrity, favorite band, and even favori...

Punch Buggy… No Punch Backs!

June 18, 2018

Beetle Sedan circa 1961: Promotional studio image of a 1962 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Volkswagen (VW) Beetle has been quite a presence in the Uni...

The Charm and Art of Macramé… Was it Just for Hippies?

June 15, 2018

Macramé is described and defined as a succession of weaving and knotting used to make something. Years ago, it was associated with the groovy counterculture....

Sexy Stewardesses in the 1960s and 1970s: Making the Sk...

June 12, 2018

circa 1968: Stewardesses on Southwest Airlines in Texas stand in front of planes belonging to the airline. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images) Air trave...

The Rise of Skateboard Culture in the '60s

June 1, 2018

Today, skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport, enjoyed by a subculture of the surfing crowd, with skateboarders congregating on sidewalks and parking lots to practice thei...

The Charm of the 1970s Roller Rink

May 18, 2018

Oh, how much fun it would be to travel back in time to the 70’s. The counterculture was an unsettling time in the United States for many reasons. There were many social, moral, eco...

Who would have guessed this was anime from the 70s?

May 15, 2018

Anime today has gone mainstream, but they have the classic anime shows and movies of the past to thank for that. You could say that today’s anime stands of the shoul...

The Best Slang Word of the 70s

May 11, 2018

The 1970’s was a crazy and exciting time in the United States. Change was taking over America in leaps and bounds. Changes included just about everything like the economy (can you...

The Most Perfect Costumes For Your Next 70s Party!

May 10, 2018

Deciding on your perfect 70s costumeNo doubt, the 1970s were a decade filled with some wild and crazy fashions. Costumes from the 70s run the gamut from tit-dye and b...

Just How Big were Earth Shoes in the 70s?

April 24, 2018

The Earth Shoe was developed and surfaced as a particularly peculiar style of shoe in the 1970’s. They were the creation of a Danish yoga instructor and shoe designer named,...

What You Need To Know About The Ferrari And Lamborghini...

April 10, 2018

Mauro Forghieri, Alex Soler-Roig, Niki Lauda and Jocken Mass at Zandvoort, (1972). Forghieri designed cars and engines for Ferrari and is best known for the 312...

We all wish our parents bought us these valuable vintag...

April 6, 2018

For years and years kids have loved their toys. Very early children’s toys were made of metal or wood and were heavy and clunky. Many toys were homemade inc...

What kinds of toys were kids playing with in the 1960s?

March 27, 2018

Dad on the floor playing w. his 3-yr-old son who is sitting in the middle of circular toy railroad track, watching an electric train go around in living room at th...

Roller Disco was the Groovy Combination of Skating and ...

March 19, 2018

February 5th,1979: An acrobatic dancer doing the splits in mid-air at a roller disco. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Getty Images) The 1970’s was q...

The Groovy Style of the Post-Hippie 1970's

March 10, 2018

Double Dose 24th March 1971: Twins Barbara and Elaine Rogers, wearing the latest hot pants fashion craze, are both students at the London College of Fashion. (Photo by Central ...

Star Trek and Captain Kirk Inspired Mobile Phone Invent...

March 6, 2018

Star Trek...LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 29: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Original Air Date: 29 December 1967. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)Star Tre...

Batman Villains… The BEST of the WORST!

February 8, 2018

The epic 1960s television series, Batman, was one of the all-time BEST crime fighting shows. The show was based on the DC comic book character, Batman. It chronicled the s...

The "ART" of Tie-Dye

February 3, 2018

(Photo by the Blank Archives/Getty Images) Most Americans tend to associate tie-dyeing with hippies and the counterculture era. From our standpoint, that makes perfect sense since the 1960’s is wh...

Blue Jeans as a Fashion Statement

February 1, 2018

A young man and woman, wearing rolled up jeans, smile while washing the car in a driveway in the 1950's. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images) Blue jeans have been around for 200 plus years, sin...

Bozo, The Clown!

January 29, 2018

Larry Harmon (left), the original Bozo the clown, and the current Bozo (right) pose with aspiring Bozo's at a Hollywood audition. (Photo by © Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) So, help me...

The Charm of the Lava Lamp

January 19, 2018

Although Lava Lamps are not a thing of the past, they sure do take me way back. Lava Lamps were first invented in 1963 by a British accountant named, Edward Craven-Walker. Oddly enough...

Sam Walton Changed the Way America Shopped

January 17, 2018

Sam Walton should be pretty well-known in America but for those of you who can’t place the name, he is the founder of the first Walmart store in the United States. Althou...

“Planet of the Apes” - 1968

January 15, 2018

Charlton Heston hears his fate being decided by a council of apes in a scene from the film 'Planet Of The Apes', 1968. (Photo by 20th-Century Fox/Getty Images) Up until the late 1960s, s...

Andy Kaufman – The Lady Wrestler

January 12, 2018

The Improv's 15th Anniversary Party Andy Kaufman during The Improv's 15th Anniversary Party at The Improv in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) ...

Erin Murphy was Tabitha from “Bewitched” – But… Did You...

January 11, 2018

If you remember the sitcom, Bewitched, you know that Samantha was a (good) Witch and had swept Darrin off his feet. They soon fell in love and mar...

What did we do before the Smiley Face?

January 4, 2018

The iconic smiley face that we have all known and loved for years will be 54 years old this year. It is almost a senior citizen. It is one of those things that we see quite frequ...

The BIGFOOT Craze

January 3, 2018

During the 1970s a hairy, “man-ape” like creature had the world frozen in fear. The beast was referred to as Bigfoot and/or Sasquatch. Bigfoot was by no means a new discovery during that time. Storie...

Remember Pocket Transistor Radios?

December 29, 2017

12/15/1953-New York: Tiny, new transistors, which take the place of conventional tubes, mark a new step in the progress of experimental pocket-sized radios. (Getty Images) Americ...

Bikinis - Then and Now

December 28, 2017

Circa 1962: A woman wearing a polka-dot bikini smiles while laying stomach-down on an inflatable raft, floating in the water. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images) Swimsuits, in gener...

The Royal Guardsmen – Remember the “Snoopy Themed” Song...

December 26, 2017

Royal Guardsmen, portrait, United States, circa 1966. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) Have you ever turned on the radio and had a blast from the past? O...

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe…

December 18, 2017

In 1975, The Legend of Lizzie Borden, a historical, mystery television film, was released that chronicled the Borden murders in 1892. The beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery portrayed Lizzie B...

Mom’s 1957 Chevy

December 18, 2017

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 30: Brand new 1957 Chevrolet photographed at a new car dealer across the street from Petersen Publishing Company for Car Craft's Restyle department. (Photo by Bob D'Olivo/The E...

SPIN THE BOTTLE, TRUTH OR DARE

December 15, 2017

A couple of teens kissing during a game of spin the bottle at a party. (Photo by John Phillips/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) When I was in Junior High School, what is now know...

Men’s Facial Hair Fads From the 1960’s and 1970’s

December 8, 2017

Mike Nesmith circa 1968: Mike Nesmith, a guitarist with the manufactured American pop group The Monkees, displays his fashionable sideburns. (Photo by Hulton Archi...

PET ROCK – Did you have one?

December 5, 2017

Have you ever admired a novelty and asked yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Gary Dahl, the inventor of the famous PET ROCK, may have said that too, at one point. The difference i...

Gidget, The Original Surfer Girl!

November 27, 2017

Sandra Dee In 'Gidget' Sandra Dee surrounded by adoring men on beach in a scene from the film 'Gidget', 1959. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images) Sandra Dee captivated audiences,...

Woodstock … Behind the Scenes of 3 Days of Beautiful Pe...

November 23, 2017

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Large crowd of people, including people sitting on top of cars & busses, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo ...

The Original Dating Game – A Classic Game Show!

November 15, 2017

Chuck Barris was a game show genius. He was thought to have a “dangerous mind,” especially when it came to game shows. He was very creative and was known to be an ente...

How the Dating Scene Has Changed Over the Years!

November 10, 2017

In the early part of the 20th Century, when a boy was interested in a young lady, he would approach her parents and ask for their blessing. If he was able to get approv...

"Easy Rider"

November 8, 2017

“Easy Rider” was a classic biker movie that came out in 1969. If you were a young person during this era, you probably remember it well. The movie’s target audience was the young, counterculture, hippie...

Atari’s Pong – The Pioneer of Video Games!

November 6, 2017

In this day and age, you would be hard-pressed to find a child, or even adult for that matter, that was not familiar with the concept of video games. What we know as vid...

Carrie Fisher And The Dirty Name She Used To Describe H...

November 1, 2017

Actress, Carrie Fisher, is probably best known for portraying the beautiful space Princess Leia on the epic, science fiction blockbuster, Star Wars. If you re...

Groovy Photos You've Never Seen Before

October 30, 2017

It’s once again time to take a peek into the old Groovy History archives and when you see what we have collected here you’ll be full of nostalgia in no time. Old school toys, long ou...

The Now 'Retro' Games Kids Used To Play In The 60's & 7...

October 11, 2017

Once upon a time kids used to play outside, they went out in the morning and came in when the street lights or porch light came on. Before computers, X-Boxes ...

Burn That Bra!

October 5, 2017

During the 1960’s the Civil Rights Movement was in full force in the United States. Unless you were living under a rock somewhere, it was hard not to be exposed to the issues surrounding the need for e...

National Lampoon’s Animal House

October 2, 2017

National Lampoon’s Animal House was an epic comedy movie released in 1978 by Universal Pictures. The movie was a spinoff of the antics written about in the iconic National Lampoon ma...

Freddie Prinze - Chico and the Man

September 29, 2017

Television sitcom, Chico and the Man, created by James Komak, first aired on NBC in 1974 and ran for 4 seasons. Actor, Freddie Prinze (Frederick Karl Pruetzel), was cast as Chico R...

It's A Family Affair

September 29, 2017

In 1966, the sitcom Family Affair won the hearts of TV viewers when three cute orphaned children from Indiana come to live with their well-to-do Uncle Bill and his British butler, Mr. French, in M...

Dazed and Confused… Cheech & Chong!

September 28, 2017

In 1967 at the age of 21, after graduating from California State University with a writing degree, and during the uproar surrounding the Vietnam War, Richard “Cheech” Marin, fled ...

Reflections of the Door to Door Salesman

September 27, 2017

Do you ever find yourself sitting at home, needing or wanting something but don’t feel like going out? How about the disappointment of waking up on Monday morning to find that...

“I am the GREATEST!” Muhammad Ali

September 27, 2017

Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, was born, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in 1942. Throughout his spectacular career, Ali boxed under the names of Cassius Clay, Cassius X and finally, ...

Women Flipped For The Flip Hairdo In The 60's!

September 26, 2017

Iconic hairdos--who will ever forget Dorothy Hamill’s wedge hairstyle in the 70’s or Farrah Fawcett’s feathered-winged ‘do, and “The Rachel” haircut from ‘Friends’ that w...

I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher!

September 26, 2017

Sonny & Cher were a dynamic, POP, husband and wife duo that took the entertainment world, not only by surprise, but also by storm during the 1960’s & 1970’s. Salvatore Bono (Sonny) m...

Did The Weight Loss Fads of the 1960’s & 1970’s Work? F...

September 25, 2017

It’s no secret that among other things, Americans have been obsessed with weight loss for a long time. Ideally, the motivation for most of us is that we ...

Yabba Dabba Doo, Meet The Flintstones!

September 25, 2017

Back in September of 1960, The Flintstones premiered on primetime TV as the first animated sitcom by the team of Hanna-Barbera. This cartoon was almost called, “The Flagstones” b...

Charlie's Angels, The Curvy Crime Fighting Trio!

September 22, 2017

Charlie’s Angels was a crime/drama television series that first aired in September 1976. The show was created by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts and was produced by the well-k...

The Old and New Adventures of Wonder Woman

September 22, 2017

Wonder Woman made the leap from DC Comics to television in 1975, starring Lynda Carter (who was Miss World America 1972) as the Amazon super heroine for three seasons. With h...

Baby You Can Drive My Muscle Car

September 21, 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the term, ‘muscle car’? Vehicles associated with speed, big engines and the car everyone has to look at twice or more with envy and admiration.In the e...

Jiggle TV – “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!”

September 20, 2017

“Jiggle, or T&A, TV, as it has also been called, refers to the marvel of scantily clad women depicted, in television sitcoms, who capitalize on their curvy, physical ...