HI, I still have my Dancerina doll i got in 1969. i also have my Velvet doll. i bought the Tippy Toes with the horse an trike. I also have a baby doll made in 1960 the year i was born. i love your site. i also bought a dawn doll . i had one of those. Tana
tana haydon <email@example.com>
Hempstead, Texas USA - Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10:25:30 (EDT)
Thank You Robin! Double nickles are just around the corner & I sure do miss kick the can late into the evening!
Ken D. <trioken@hotmailcom>
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 14:34:44 (EDT)
I was born Nov of 61 and I think my most favorite times were the late 60's thru the late 70's. All the old toys and games we had were of such good quality compared to now. The old TV shows from Family affair, my three sons, Leave it to beaver, my friend flicka, mr. Ed the talking horse, flipper, The big valley, Bonanza, Here come the brides, fiddler on the roof to Family, I dream of Jeannie, Dick Van Dyke show,Andy Griffith to Happy days, The flying nun, Bewitched, Lavern & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Starsky & Hutch OH Yeah umhmm.:-) OMG there was so many to remember, but they were the days when life was fun and much less stressed out and easy going. My kids watch Starsky & Hutch now on Youtube LOL. Heres what I'm seeking. I have been trying to locate several dolls. I had the baby ballerina doll that came with a record and you posed her and turned her crown to make her spin. Well they also made a BIG battery operated Ballerina doll and she had a crown too. She wore a blue/pink/I think purple tutu. Can anyone remember what she was called and who she was made by. Also looking for Tippy Toes with her walker,trike & horse.
And if anyone knows where I can get the original Mrs. Beasley doll in mint condition and pull string working I would be most grateful.I am also looking for those noisy Klackers we loved so much as kids. And one of my favorite games well several I'm looking for is "Grab a loop" a tag belt game two board games was the original "Mouse trap" game and "Hey pa there's a goat on the roof" And "Spudsie the hot potato game"
I would love to hear from anyone about where I can locate these items to buy and any info you have on them. Many thanks
Clayton, NM USA - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 14:56:52 (EST)
Hi, I have a web site matteltalkers.com where you can buy these great 1960's Mattel pull string talking dolls or just take a trip down memory lane. If you have any questions about a 60's Mattel doll, don't remember what the name is, what the phrases of the dolls are, I can also help with that. Please visit me and sign my guest book. Cathy
harrisburg, pa USA - Friday, August 06, 2010 at 10:11:30 (EDT)
Turned 16 in 1963 worked as a deck hand on the "URSALA" for skipper Pete,Namu when they captured the first whale ever in captivity. what do they say "If you remember the 60's you were not there" Greatest time of my life, Thanks for your great site!!!!!!
Kenny J (mountainman)Biker Poet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Abby, BC Canada - Monday, April 05, 2010 at 12:48:44 (EDT)
Seemed like the comments I read were mostly from the girls in the 60's. Here some of my experiences as a boy. Yes, we were outside playing almost all the time. One of my favorite games was crashing our red flyer wagon into our metal garbage cans. We lived in Detroit when I was about 7 back in '62. Our brick house had a steep driveway and we used to position the empty trash cans at the end of the driveway. Someone would "drive" the wagon by sitting inside, taking and turning the pull handle inside the wagon so it could be used to steer. Then my brothers and the neighborhood kids would get along side and push the wagon as fast as they could down the driveway and WHAM! right into the metal cans. What a noise! What fun! We would do it over and over again. I don't remember any adults complaining about the activity. Another activity my brothers and a kid (Buzzy) that lived down the street from us dreamed up was to dig a tunnel from his house to ours. We started digging a big hole and actually started the horizontal run shored up with boards from my Dad's lumber pile. Buzzy was busy in his backyard too. But his Mom busted him and made him fill in the hole. My sister fortunately ratted on us and we had to fill in our hole. Good thing too, since we were intent on digging and could have gotten buried alive! Man did we get dirty!
Dave Ryan <email@example.com>
Glendora, CA USA - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 19:56:04 (EDT)
I too am looking for the green plastic genie bottle that had a window that answered questions (like magic eight ball), smoke came out the top, battery operated . I think this was my favorite toy ever. I would love to find one, now that I have three little girls of my own. They love I Dream of Jeannie like I do.
lumberton, texas USA - Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 12:34:42 (EST)
Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo was the aerosal dry shampoo of the 70s. Not sure if this is what you are talking about. You can still buy it at Drugstore.com
Camden, Me USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 05:04:22 (EST)
Ran across your site by accident. What a lucky accident! Great walk down memory lane. You and I must be about the same age. I remember the 60s fondly (through a child's eyes, of course). Great pics of your family. Your mom was pretty hip.
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:56:37 (EST)
Thanks for the awesome trip back to childhood!
USA - Monday, April 28, 2008 at 22:43:08 (EDT)
Thanks for helpful website- I'm doing a project about toys so it has been really helpful. Maybe you coulod include more on what the toys actually did?!
Warks England - Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 10:14:51 (EST)
cheeseland, nyc USA - Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 10:13:08 (EST)
Awesome site! Brings back lots of good memories. Thanks for the trip.
USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 22:04:39 (EDT)
Cool site, thanks for the blast to the past.
Mr. Cool <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 11:26:22 (EDT)
Great site and yesiree, it does bring memories! I was 7 the year of Woodstock. I recall watching the premiere episode of "Bewitched" in 1964. "Laugh In", "Lost In Space", "It's About Time", "Captain Kangeroo", "HR PuffNStuff". Does anyone remember this commercial which ended with "Weee- It's from HG"? How about the Zarex Mustang Junior- a toy car that ran on a battery that you could send away for through Zarex soft drink, Jiffy pop, Fluffer nutters, "The Munsters", "The Avengers", the world television premiere of "The Birds" in 1966, army green hiking shorts, brill creme, getting my first pair of bell bottoms in 1969 (ugh- got over that style quick enough), "Thunderbirds Are Go", "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown" (I still dance like those kids in the Christmas party scene)! The wild and awesome psychedelic dance tunes. Does anyone remember a British show called "The Double Deckers"? Quite a wonderous decade for pop culture. Sadly it led to the wasteland that was the 70's but memories of the 60's live on.
New York, NY USA - Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 20:13:01 (EST)
Wow, came across your site and just LOVE it! Some memories from the 60's
from me..........seance's and playing the ouija board at pajama
parties.......Jello 1-2-3.......playing Mystery Date and liking the ski bum
better than the preppy looking guy......barbies, barbies and more barbies......
Asking for a Suzy Homemaker washing machine for Christmas (what was I
thinking???).......spring coats......not being allowed to wear pants to school,
and even getting sent home because I wore cullottes.......Homemade "Footsie"
toys......getting my friends to ask (insert boy's name here, lol) if he liked
me.......not sure if anyone else remembers these, but big furry hats (looked
like detached hoods), with two long strings at bottom, that had big round
furry balls - usually came in white and gray, or white and brown
fur......watching the Avenger's......going downtown on Saturdays to shop
(before there were malls).....going home for lunch everyday from school.....only
having 4 TV channels to choose from......being best friends with Dominique
and Ruth.....reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books.....PJ's Cola......I
had an older, cooler sister, and for my birthday she bought me my first pair
of jeans (I was really young) - they had a little peace sign on the back
pocket, and I remember a couple kids asking me why I was wearing "dungarees",
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 15:54:57 (EDT)
Robin, your site is so cool. It has brought back so many great memories.
Keep up the good work! When I was a kid... Families spent more leisure time
together instead of spending so much time in separate rooms of their houses
surfing on the internet or on their cell phones or other electronic devices.The
first thing I remember about the sixties is the Barbie Doll, my first love.
The first time they were introduced, the inventor was told they would never
be profitable. Thank God she had the passion to pursue her dreams! I believe
she gained interest at the World Fair. Every little girl wanted a Barbie
for Christmas! Remember Skipper and Ken and all of the gang. I had enough
outfits to dress 5 dolls in a new outfit everyday of the year! Guess where
I got the outfits? My grandmother. She really liked Barbie Dolls too. She
grew up in the country on a farm. She learned to sew from her mother. I couldn't
figure out how she could make doll clothes so small, but she did! She made
an outfit out of the exta material from my wedding dress. She was so precious
to me! She didn't have the income that my parents had for my kids when they
were small children. It didn't matter. I think it brought us closer together.
The special times we spent together making doll clothes, cooking, shelling
peas and putting away canned vegetables were so satisfying. Everyone gets
veggies out of a can or freezer now. We are too busy and too tired to stop
and take the time to make special memories. Remember the Easy Bake Oven that
you could bake cakes in. It was magical. You could mix up the cake mixes
and stand back and watch it bake right before your eyes. Once the cakes were
finished baking, you could decorate them with cute sprinkles and other candies
that came with the baking kits. As a single divorced parent of three kids,
all the lessons and hardwork I learned from my country grandparents really
came in handy raising my kids as a single parent.Divorce was an ugly word
in the sixties in my southern family, although I use to sing as a child
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E. becomes final today" by guess who...Tammy who divorced George,
ha! I remember the day my Dad brought home a color television. We were so
amazed by it, especially when Walt Disney came on in full color. Remember
when the air conditoning window units came out. If you lived in the South,
it wasn't a minute too soon. Lemonade stands were popping up all over the
place. What fun I had selling homemade lemonade at my little lemonade stand.
I would raise money for special causes. Jello and Kool-aid were new on the
market. I thought it was so exciting to watch the jello jiggle. Remember
when you believed in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. Christmas was so
special then. Kids were actually surprised to get the smallest of gifts.
I remember saving Coca-Cola bottle caps to take to the picture show to get
in. Oh, the great musical talent that was out at that time. I sang my heart
out with about 20 other relatives who love country music...George Jones and
Tammy, Johnny Cash and his wife June. Relatives would pay me 25 cents a song
to keep singing. Maybe that is why I turned away from country to POP and
R&B! By the time I was 10, it was already old. However, I do like the
country artist today. Most of them sound like POP. I enjoyed the handheld
tape recorders that came out back then. It was the neatest thing to play
silly things back, especially when you played phone pranks on people. If
you stayed out of school on a sick day, you could watch soap operas that
just came out around that time. My Mother was a stay at home Mom like many
other Moms with several kids. The Etch-A-Sketch ( I think that is how you
spell it) was popular when I was young. What about the slinky? Remember putting
it on stairs to watch it go down? Don't forget about going to Sunday School
and Church. Our parents took us everytime the door was open and then some.
In the Baptist Church, you went to RA'S, GA's and Bible School, Sunday
School...and any other school that was available. You certainly learned right
from wrong and how to treat people with respect. Thank goodness a little
discipline spilled over to my kids. You don't see too many teenagers and
young adults who don't talk back to their parents and other adults. Back
then, the word "no" actually meant no. If you kept on asking as no, you knew
that you would be grounded or spanked if you got too sassy. The Fairs/Carnivals
in the Fall...We loved going to the community fair each year. Funnel cakes
were popular and cotton candy. It didn't cost a fortune to have a good time.
4-H Club was cool too. You got to compete against people in various counties
for just about anything (baking, cattle,sewing, canning, etc.). You could
win money or a ribbon. The food was great and convenient in the sixties like
today, although we spent many meals at home as a family at the table. My
brother and sister would put me up to asking my dad to go to Baskin Robbins.
It was so good. What about Krystal Hamburgers? Those steamy burgers were
small but fantastic. Even today. My brother could eat 10 of those little
burgers. We use to guess how many he could put down. I think they cost 5
cents or 10 cents back then. Everyone's parents use to take them on vacations.
Your parents could leave you at the pool or other places for a while without
worrying about some crazy person bothering you or kidnapping you. I could
write forever. I had such a fun and interesting childhood. My parents are
both very blessed. They passed taught me how to be a giving person. Life
is so much more about giving than receiving. If I could pass something on
to younger generations, it would be... Help Others because you help yourself
everytime you do. We are on this planet for a short while. Have a passion
for life. Don't go through life thinking that you will get ultimate joy out
of obtaining material things as your personal satisfaction/goal. You are
put on this earth for a reason. Sometimes you don't know what the reason
is, but if you start giving to others in need or just be a friend to someone,
you will have more riches than you can imagine. How do you begin a life of
giving, just do it. A tiny step is all you need to do. The opportunities
are endless. Love and Friendship are only obtained if you give of yourself
first. It only takes two people to start...You and another person, but oh
how it will blossom into a rewarding life full of joy, hope and love.SS from
Cumming, GA USA - Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 20:43:10 (EDT)
GO GO BOOTS?! My father nicknamed me boots for years because I would NEVER
take them off!!!!
plain city, oh USA - Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 12:10:04 (EDT)
hi thx for helping me on my project! as soon as i get my marks i'll tell
you!!! its all because of you! Your web site is soooooooooooo coooooooooool!!
groovy!! like i said im doing a 60s project. thx!!!!!!!!!1 from martha
sevenoaks, ~ uk - Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 09:02:17 (EDT)
im doing a project on the 60s and you helped me loads!!! thx
sevenoaks, england - Monday, June 26, 2006 at 04:46:44 (EDT)
You know you grew up in the 60's if You can sing the theme to "Gilligan's
Island." You ever wore a courdoroy jumper with fishnet tights. You were a
member of the Beatle's fan club. You owned at least 20 Little Kiddle's You
ever told someone to look it up in their Funk and Wagnalls. You watched Captain
Kangaroo You put playing cards in the spokes of your bike because it sounded
cool You had a pixie haircut You got up early on Saturday mornings to watch
The Flintstones. You drove your parents nuts singing all the songs from Mary
Poppins You ever watched the Ed Sullivan Show with your parents "groovy"
Tie dye . You ripped up your bell bottoms and sewed patches all over them
You thought the Monkees were a real group, and Davy Jones was dreamy... You
had a Bewitched lunch box You played Candyland You had a Jungle Gymn You
remember Sonny and Cher when they were together You were pissed you were
too young to go to Woodstock . You had pebbles and Bam Bam dolls . You knew
how to do the twist and the pony You played Twister at parties You remember
full service gas stations You tried to learn macrame "Say goodnight Dick"
You had an MIA bracelet you bought singles-45 rpm records You remember Kurt
Russell when he was in Disney movies All your friends hasd nicknames from
"peanuts" Mini skirts Surfer culture- Frankie and Annette, the Beach Boys
You drew smiley faces on all your notebooks You owned a Lava lamp You had
a troll doll You owned at least one black light poster You owned go go boots
You had a superball Current Music: Beach Boys - Surfer Girl Current Mood:
Fairborn, Oh USA - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 00:17:29 (EDT)
The Slow Ride by Foghat (1975) and Joker by Steve Miller (1973) don't qualify
as 60's.... that's the 70's. Granted, the 60's slid slowly into the 70's
and you didn't really notice until about 1975. Things got a lot different
after the gas lines of 73 with inflation, economic downturn, and kind of
a malaise. But the sixties... banana bikes, swapping albums ( or 45's if
you couldn't afford an album ), getting a dollar for mowing a lawn, most
places with no A/C, most cars no A/C (you had the old 440 air conditioning
- 4 windows down at 40 miles per hour), few cars had power steering or brakes
(you had ArmStrong steering ;-), going to the drive-in movies (usually at
LEAST 2 movies for you admission price), trying to find a good speaker at
the drive-in movie, hanging out at the Smitty's hamburger stand (drive-up,
waitresses came to your car), worrying about the draft, worrying about dad
over in "the 'Nam" (twice), Fruit Stripe gum, getting soft drinks in a bottle
and getting your deposit back when you took the bottle back (and other's
deposits if you found the bottles), walking to jr high and high school, gettin'
that first job for a little more than a dollar an hour... wow. Oh well, thanks
for a great site, hope I didn't ramble too long.
VA USA - Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 08:24:57 (EDT)
Does anyone remember 'Loves Lemon' cologne?
UK - Friday, June 09, 2006 at 16:05:38 (EDT)
You can find a lot of the old candy on a web site called
http://www.oldtimecandy.com You can order it and even purchase special gift
packages based on the candy of specific decades.
Shirley, NY USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 11:14:15 (EDT)
I was born in 1959, so I spent "my youth" in the 60's...I was ten in
'69..socially speaking, probably one of the most turbulent years in American
history. Yet, I ONLY knew about it's turbulence from the outside..the periphery.
I'm in the Broadcast news industry as an adult and was always something of
a newsie..even as a child, so Walter Conkrite and Huntley and Brinkley were
always a part of my TV viewing habits. I remember being rather jaded as a
kid--not really flinching too much when Uncle Walter would announce that
the US military lost 6 -B-52's over Cambodia that day along and 18 GIs in
fighting near D'Nang. I remember watching war correspondents huddled behind
a fallen tree trunk with a small battalion of GIs in the midst of one hell
of a firefight with "Charlie". Now THOSE WERE imbedded reporters. Morely
Safer say more action than ANY reporter today. But, TV was a big part of
my childhood in the 60's because there wasn't much of it. I was raised on
a steady diet of three networks only...four if you consider PBS, which in
all honesty, I rarely did. I grew up in South Central Texas, not far from
San Antonio and during the summer, the following would be a chronological
rundown of a typical day in the life of an eight year old me. I'd wake up
around nine (it was summer, remember?) and I'd have breakfast. Maybe a cinanmmon
Toastem with a bowl of Post Krispy Kritters--I used to love that cereal's
ad campaign which featuring the rather effeminate lion, Linus the Lionhearted.
I'd then plop in fron of the Black and White Zenith in which I had to GET
UP and turn on...wait for it to warm up with that strange whitish grey light/line
in the center of the screen and then watch "Captain Kangaroo". When that
was over, I'd call my neighbors who were also my best friends. We'd either
get on our banana bikes with white wicker baskets and a buddy seat on the
back. By the way, in most of Texas, when you gave someone a ride on your
buddy seat, we referred to that as "giving someone a pump". Yeah, I'm hip
to the sexual inuendo of it today, but back then, it referred to the extra
amount of peddling..pumping action with one's legs-that you'd have to exert
to accomodate the extra weight. Anyway, we'd ride all over town and went
anywhere...even played near the dreaded RR tracks and I don't ever remember
telling my mother goodbye. But at least my mom was home to say goodbye to.
Mothers did that back then--they stayed home and Dad went to work. The nuclear
family was a big part of the 60's--at least the 60's from my perspective.
We'd then find anyplace to play and when we would, we'd play SImon Says,
Swinging Statues, Red LIght-Green Light. We'd play pick up games in baseball
anywhere there was a vacant lot. We climbed trees, built tree houses complete
with escape hatches--just in case. Tied together two individual jump ropes
to make one big one. We'd play jacks and promptly get rid of the red rubber
ball that came with the set and rummage through your dad's golf bag to find
a golf ball to use in its stead. Much better bounce, dontcha know. Then it
may be time for lunch. Depending on whose house was closer, we'd have lunch
and my mom fed my neighbors or vice versa without thinking twice. After lunch,
it was back to playing and then we'd take a break. We'd invade someone's
kitchen for some "Shake-a-Puddin" with a Lick-a-Maid chaser. Red Hots, Hot
Tamales. Ane those pop sickle things? Can't remember what they were called
(Cool Pops, maybe??)but you'd buy them off your grocer's shelf. They'd be
plastic tubes in sheets with sweet, fruit liquid in each one. Stick the whole
damn thing in the freezer and then impatiently wait for them to freeze and
they'd do so in a thin sheet. When ready, you'd cut off the top and squeeze
the frozen stuff up from the bottom. Anyone remember these things? Then we'd
pool our money (including retrieving the dimes from our penny loafers if
we had too) and ride our bikes downtown- and go to the "Dime Store". We bought
those nasty bland tasting tri colored taffy sheets, wax lips, candy cigarettes
and pretend to smoke them, Fire Sticks, Green Apple Sticks, Razzles, Sweet-Tarts
and yes, I remember when they were they size of a small hockey puck and these
suckers that were shaped like huge diamonds or gemstones that came on a platic
ring. We'd go back to one of our houses (all amped up on sugar) and lie down
on the floor and get our box of Crayola 64's (with built in sharpener) and
share pages of a coloring book, quietly being competitive on who colored
the best. Then maybe play with Paper Dolls or cut out Betsy McCall from the
back of the magazine of the same name. Read a Highlights and try to find
all of the hidden pictures. Then maybe I'd pull out the Little Kiddles
Village..built a little like a suitcase and we'd play. Then maybe we'd play
house with my dishes...that came with plastic plates, wine goblets and flatwar
and with knives that while platic, were actually serrated. I had a toy iron
that actually heated up. Not hot, but it heated. We'd play with Play
Doh--remember that smell? And Mattel Vacu-forms or Incredible Edibles (the
precurser to gummy bears) we'd play with my brother's Hot WHeels and used
segments of the yellow orange plastic track as swords. They'd hurt if you'd
get hit with one. We'd fly kites in March. Play with tops and Whizzers (learning
all about the wonders of gyroscopes in the process). I played with Gumbuand
Pokey and used them as erasers on the fly and remember if you bent their
legs, the wires would poke out. I loved that our toys back then could mame
us. We still marveled at a space launch and saluted the Astronauts with a
glass of Tang. I was four when JFK was killed and can remember watching my
mother cry when she heard the news. Five years later, the now hardened woman
just shook her head when she learned his brother had shared the same fate.
I turned 11 in 1970 and things began to change--just as I did. Id look down
at my Hang Ten shirt and it was taking a slightly different shape...maturation
was taking place and suddenly, Little Kiddles would be replaced by wel.."little
tittles" and soon, Bras, Midol and Kotex pads and their clumsy belts were
in my immediate future. As was Clearsil and the medicinal smell of Noxema.
Growing up had it's merits, but nothing can compare to the carefree days
of yore. But maybe in retrospect, they weren;t all that carefree. I watched
the Three Stoogies lead each other around by the news with the claw portion
of a hammer, yet I knew better than to try that on my sister...though I wanted
to. I watched the Leprechaun on the commercial for "Lucky Charms" hop down
from a tree floating gently to the soil below by virture of his opened umbrella,
yet I knew better than to try it myself. How did I know better? I don't know.
With all the fantasy that surrounded me in the 60's, there was enough reality
to balance it out. I mean, how could you watch and listen to Walter Conkrite
tell you about civil unrest in Selma Alabama as footage of white police clubbing
black protesters flashed across the Curtis Mathis, ONLY then to segue right
to a commercial showing man flying into the front seat of a rented convertible
because he allowed "Hertz to put him in the driver's seat--(short musical
bridge) TODAY!!! In the sixties, fantasy was tempered reality on a regular
basis. I guess it had to be that way. Too much overload either way would've
Houston , TX USA - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 10:02:31 (EST)
Dear email@example.com, IT'S NOT OUR FAULT WE HAVE IT "EASY" THESE
DAYS. Do you think for one minute that if I could have chosen to grow up
in the shithole decades of the 90s and 00s that I would? NO WAY. I would
have absolutely loved to grow up in the 60s and 70s, oh seeing and hearing
about the way life was back then sweeps me away. So stop complaining about
how us kids are spoiled, because it is NOT our fault. I wish life wasn't
the way it is today.. PUT YOURSELF IN OUR SHOES, WHAT WOULD YOU BE THINKING
AFTER SEEING THE POST YOU WROTE?
MA USA - Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 17:28:46 (EST)
what a groovy site you have here. keep it up, man.
haslet, tx USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 14:25:22 (EST)
I was pretty young but we had a Beatles Flip Your Wig game and Partridge
Family game :) I remember a toy called the footsie and you put a plastic
ring around your ankle that had a string on it with a plastic ball on the
end. You'd swing it around and hop over it..how lame :)
SPOKANE, wa USA - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 23:29:29 (EST)
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