Life in the 60’s

What were the 1960’s like? The sixties were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties are continuing to evolve today.

Fab 60’s Facts

  • The first debate for a presidential election was televised.
  • Berlin Wall goes up
  • JFK assassinated President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963
  • John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth – 3 times. It was a five hour flight
  • President Johnson ordered bombing raids on North Vietnam and Americans begin protesting the war in 1965
  • Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and a Pioneer of animated films, died of cancer on December 15, 1966, but his legend lives on
  • On November 5, 1968, Shirley Chisholm was elected America’s first black woman to Congress
  • July 20, 1969, 4:18 p.m., one of the biggest events of history happened. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, astronauts aboard. Neil Armstrong’s famous speech for the historical steps “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Two months later, Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s brother was assassinated, too. Both were civil rights leaders


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    • John F. Kennedy
    • 35rd President
    • 1961 – 1963
    • Wife: Jackie
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    • Lyndon B. Johnson
    • 36th President
    • 1963 – 1969
    • Wife: Lady Bird Johnson

Things Invented
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  • The Hand-held Calculator
  • The ATM
  • Video Disk
  • Astroturf
  • Felt Tip Pen
  • Artificial Heart
  • Contact Lenses
  • The Compact Disk (CD)
  • The Mouse
  • The Internet
  • Lycra® by Du Pont


jackieO-smallThe 1960’s Bouffant Hairdo
Jackie Kennedy popularized it, but it took Hollywood,, skilled hairstylists and an entire generation of glamour girls of that era to bring it to the pinnacle of eye-catching beauty a the decade progressed. By perhaps 1965 or 1966, the bouffant reached its peak of spellbinding enchantment, and became synonymous with romantic events or glamorous, star-studded events. The style proved to be a perfect companion to a long, off-the-shoulder, sequined evening gown, but also did fine accompanied by shorter dresses. Either way, the bouffant hairdo truly epitomized a woman’s crowning glory whenever she wanted to be noticed

The make up company Gala had introduced pale shimmering lipsticks with added titanium. Later Max Factor brought out a color called Strawberry Meringue which was a pastel pearly pink. They really caught on in the sixties as young girls were frowned upon if they wore brazen red lips, so the softened pink and peach colors were acceptable initially to parents, but then became a trend.

Magazines taught step by step how to use recently introduced lip brushes and young girls began to blend and mix their own lip colors often having first blotted the lips out with Max Factor Pancake make up. Nail polish followed a similar trend with pastel pearl colors being the rage.

Eyes were a main focus and once the film Cleopatra was released showing Elizabeth Taylor with very emphasised eyes. Everyone learned to apply eyeliner and socket lines. The models Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy (Leslie Hornby) along with the actress Julie Christie all with their lined eye sockets captured the look that said Sixties Chick with chic.


Before you can cook a meal, you must have the proper ingredients!

1960-smallWith pure ground beef going for 3 Lbs for a Buck – or 33 cents a pound, what could be more economical than that?

1960s – Simplifying Grocery Shopping

  • Responds to consumers’ wishes by discontinuing Blue Stamps and replacing them with lower prices.
  • Computerizes buying system and mechanizes order filling and loading procedures.
  • Purchases the former Kroger warehouse in Lawrenceville to more than double its warehouse area.
  • Opens 20,000 square-foot store at South Hills Village and updates other stores, demonstrating its commitment to ongoing improvement.

1968-amana-radar-range-smallAmana Radarange Microwave
It’s been 30 years since the first household microwave oven was introduced to families across America. Hailed as a technological breakthrough and criticized as a gimmick that would ruin the fine art of cooking, the Amana Radarange was debuted in Chicago in 1967 as a product that would forever change how Americans eat and cook.

60’s Fast Food Still With Us Today!

Taco Bell – 1962
Wendy’s – 1969

60’s Fads

Banana Seats

People used to ride bicycles that had long seats that curved at the back. These were known as banana seats.

A street game where the course was painted or chalked on concrete grounds. The object was to go from the starting line to each of the numbered boxes and then back down to the beginning by flicking your bottle caps on the course.

These wide-legged pants wre derived from Navy style uniforms and became very popular with the young society in the 1960’s. Elvis Presley, Sonny and Cher helped make bellbottoms a fashion statement for the hippies and counter-culture audience. They were typically made from denim until they were produced with corduroy and polyester so they could be worn in any situation.

lava-lamp-5210-smallLava Lamps
Invented by Craven Walker in the mid 60’s, people were entranced with this device that consisting of illuminated glass cylinder within which a colorful, wax like substance was heated.

60’s Stars/TV Shows and Movies



While there is a tendency to think of the Sixties as a whole decade, in terms of fashion it can, in fact, be viewed as two separate and quite distinct parts, with the early years clinging doggedly on to modifications of Fifties styles and the later years exploding into the wild fashion frenzy for which the decade is possibly best remembered.

The highly revealing and unprecedented ‘Mini’ fashions that shocked society first started appearing in quantity during 1965 when British designers like Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb and Mary Quant, along with ‘fashion boutiques’ and Carnaby Street, ruled the fashion world, even though the ‘Paris fashions’ of Saint Laurent, Courreges and Ungaro were still iconic fashion names. These mini dresses and the ‘A-line’ fashions provided a perfect vehicle for the colorful psychedelic and dramatic black and white Op and Pop-art pattern designers and artists.

imageI06-smallFashions for men also displayed far greater imagination, incorporating patterns and bright colors with fitted styling. New synthetic fabrics were increasingly widely used, including nylon for shirts and blouses, crimplene for coats and jackets and shiny PVC for footwear, rainwear and decorative trim effects. Crotchet and knitwear also enjoyed a revival, most particularly in the manufacture of mini-dresses, hats and women’s jumpers.

Home Decor


Retro Lamp

This retro lamp will reflect your fun personality with its funky, contemporary style. The modern lamp can be used as a table or floor lamp, as well as a sculptural art piece to liven up any room. Available in white, beige and other bright colors, the lamp emits diffused, soft lighting. When not in use, external light plays upon the surface of the unlit lamp. A functional zipper allows the shade to be taken down and transported with ease.


New suburban homes had spaces that were designed especially for the family. The main “sitting area” may have been called the living room, but the REAL living was done in dens, family rooms and rec-rooms.

These spaces were perfect for slumber parties, watching TV, and having friends over to listen to records.

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