20 Groovy Treasures From The 1960s That You Totally Forgot About
By Jack Ripley | February 1, 2024
Barbie Introduced Girls to a World of Possibilities
Are you old enough to remember Beatlemania and dancing the night away in a miniskirt? Maybe you just wish you could still dance to the tunes of Elvis and The Mamas and The Papas. No matter how old you are, the '60s are one of those eras that everyone loves. From the start of the decade when teens began rebelling to the hippie culture of the decade's end, you'll find reminders of the 1960s in our photos of aesthetically pleasing items from back then.
Ruth Handler was the wife of Mattel's co-founder when she realized little girls wanted a doll they could dress up. Though she suggested the idea to her husband, it wasn't until she found a German fashion doll their daughter loved that her husband agreed. Handler worked with Jack Ryan to develop a new doll named Barbie in her honor.
Barbie landed on store shelves in 1959 as a simple doll in a striped bathing suit. She was so popular that Mattel introduced her boyfriend, Ken, in the 1960s along with friends like Francie and Allen. Barbie even got her first dream house in the '60s in the form of an aqua cardboard house. Over the years, she ran for President, held down dozens of jobs, and went through some big body changes. Barbie is now available in dozens of designs and even starred in a hit film that garnered several Oscar nominations.
Easy Bake Ovens Made Cooking Fun
Girls who wanted to be like their moms in the 1960s fell in love with Easy Bake Ovens. Kenner introduced the first oven in 1963, which came in a popular shade of aqua blue. Inside the oven was an incandescent bulb that got just hot enough to cook the food they put inside. To go along with the ovens, Kenner released a line of cookie and cake mixes. Kids combined them with water, poured them inside the metal baking dishes, and cooked desserts inside the mini ovens.
Easy Bake Ovens used a conveyor belt design that made them even easier to use. Once the dish was done, the belt released it from the oven. Kenner later changed the design to make it look more like a full-size oven. The brand later sold Hasbro, which continues making them. New models now come in different colors and designs that use a heating element rather than a bulb for increased safety.