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

By Jack Ripley | April 12, 2024

Everyone Loves The Slinky

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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Though it came out in the 1940s, the Slinky picked up even more fans during the 1960s when its manufacturer aired commercials on television. Richard T. James was a mechanical engineer who created the Slinky in 1943 after seeing the way a metal spring moved down a set of stairs. He and his wife, Betty, formed a company that made the toys, which they sold in Gimbel's department stores.

Betty gained control over the company after she and Richard divorced. Under her guidance, the Slinky appeared in commercials where kids delighted in watching the toy go up and down stairs. Johnny McCullough and Homer Fesperman worked with Charles Weagly on the commercial, which became one of the world's most popular jingles as well as one of the longest-lasting ads that still gets stuck in our heads today.

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.