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media superstars: In the 1960s, fans could support their favorite rock stars, TV programs and models by purchasing toys, collectibles, cosmetics, lunch boxes and comic books sanctioned by the celebrities themselves.
nationality dolls: The native costumes of the world, on display in your own home!
tacky travel: There's always room for one more souvenir plate, shot glass or set of salt & pepper shakers.
monsters The movie monsters of the 1930s and 1950s enjoyed renewed popularity in the 1960s. Many TV stations aired old horror movies as Creature Features, complete with corny hosts dressed up like Dracula. Bobby "Boris" Pickett had a major hit with The Monster Mash, and both The Addams Family and The Munsters had legions of fans. Famous Monsters Of Filmland was one of the most popular magazines of the 1960s.
secret agents Was it the Cold War? ...the Lounge Lifestyle? Combine these two experiences, and you have the secret agent! James Bond thrilled us on the big screen, while TV shows like The Avengers and Get Smart entertained us at home. Novels, comic books and an abundance of spy toys inspired kids to embark on their own mysterious adventures. Secret agents definitely had the best toys, the prettiest women and the coolest cars!
Holy Batmania, Batman! When Batman made its television debut in 1966, it spawned Caped Crusader craziness. College students gathered in dorm lounges to watch the show, and hairstyles like the Batcurl and the Batflip were inspired by the series. The Batusi was the latest dance craze.
Peanuts In the 1960s, a daily comic strip known as Peanuts evolved into a merchandising empire. Fans of all ages bought Peanuts books, toys and collectibles. We loved everything about that round-headed kid and his beagle!
Charlie Brown and his friends became multimedia stars in the 1960s, thanks to an award-winning Broadway musical and several popular TV specials. In 1967, Snoopy's frequent battles with the Red Baron earned him a position as NASA's official mascot. The choice was obvious, since he was the only dog with flight experience!
The Peanuts characters were also the occasional targets of jokes. In the mid 1960s, Johnny Carson published two humorous parodies of the bestselling book Happiness Is A Warm Puppy. The July 1963 issue of Mad Magazine also included a spoof of the book entitled Misery Is A Cold Hot Dog.
active fun The ancient sport of surfing was born in the South Pacific and developed in Hawaii. In the 1930s, new methods of surfboard construction helped to popularize the sport in North America and Australia. The surfing boom of the 1960s began in 1958 when a new lightweight resin and fiberglass board was introduced.
Surfers had their own slang, customs and fashions. California surf music and films like Beach Blanket Bingo made it cool to ride the waves. The rest of us watched from afar and wished we could have an endless summer, too.