Nostalgic Every Day Items That Could Only Come From The Groovy Era

By | August 13, 2022

The Genuine Pedigreed Pet Rock, seriously

Whether it was a need for innovation or the new found freedom of children born in the post-war boom, things were changing quickly in the groovy era. In the 1960s and '70s there were massive innovations that changed the world forever, and we're still feeling their reverberations today.

Some of these nostalgic every day items from the '60s and '70s are still in our homes today, helping us speak with loved ones and do our work, while others manage to always find a way to come back into the popular culture. Whether you remember using these items every day, or if you're just now hearing about the Pet Rock you'll soon discover that each of these items is uniquely groovy.

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It may sound completely ludicrous to young people today, but in the 1970s the Pet Rock was one of the most sought after gifts by the young and old alike. Dreamt up by Gary Dahl, a former copy editor, who knew that he wasn't really selling a rock - he was selling an idea.

The rock came nestled on a soft bedding of shredded paper inside a cardboard box with a handle and air holes so the rock could breathe. On the outside of the box a simple message was printed: "One genuine pedigreed pet rock."

How to take care of a Pet Rock

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Dahl knew that if he just put a rock in a box and sold it to people that they'd feel ripped off. Rather than wind up on the receiving end of some painful Pet Rock returns, Dahl included a 40-page instruction manual with the rock titled "The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock." The early pages include suggestions for how to turn an inanimate object into a friend:

Your Pet Rock will be a devoted friend and companion for many years to come. Rocks enjoy a rather long life span so the two of you will never have to part -- at least not on your Pet Rock's account. Once you have transcended the awkward training stage your rock will mature into a faithful, obedient, loving pet with but one purpose in life -- to be at your side when you want it to, and to go lie down when you don't.