20 Groovy Treasures From The 1960s That You Totally Forgot About

By Jack Ripley | May 3, 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.

 

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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.

The Schwinn Stingray Ruled the Streets

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You can't overestimate how important bikes were for kids growing up in the 1960s. They used their bikes to go everywhere from their friends' houses to stores and schools. Schwinn was already one of the country's top bicycle brands when it introduced the Sting-Ray in 1963. The company drew inspiration from kids in California who customized their bikes to make them look and feel like real motorcycles.



 

The Sting-Ray was one of the most unique bikes on the market. Schwinn added bigger handlebars to help kids do tricks and wheelies along with a coaster wheel. The wheels even had the Sting-Ray name on display. Named after the Corvette model that so many boys loved, it's not surprising that they begged their parents for one of these bikes. Not only is Schwinn still in business today, but it still sells a version of the Sting-Ray that comes in red or blue.