18 Forgotten Trends From the ‘60s Only Boomers Remember

The ’60s was a decade marked by cultural shifts, social movements, and, of course, iconic trends. Some of these trends are now long forgotten, but in this post, we’ll look at 18 of them that only true 1960s boomers will remember.

The Beat Generation

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Before the era of the hippies began, there were the Beats. Beatdom calls it a 1960s counterculture. This was a group of authors who wrote various pieces of literature about American culture and encouraged a nonconformist mentality towards life, which had a huge impact and influence during this time. Many books still exist in libraries nowadays.

Psychedelic Art

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Hallucinatory drugs such as LSD influenced the style of art of the 1960s, which was referred to as ‘psychedelic art’. Heavily influenced by surreal patterns and vivid colors, this was a very popular design, which was also reflected in other items such as clothing, posters, album covers, and more.

Penny Farthing Bicycles

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The Penny Farthing bicycle fad of the 1860s was also a nostalgic reflection of this decade for many. Many collectors still have them, and a more modern version of them is making a comeback in the 21st century. Geek Slop’s historical account says it started back in 1817, and the design graduated up until the 1960’s.

Go-Go Boots

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The knee-high boots of the 1960s were very different from those we see in stores nowadays. These boots, which came up to the knee and had low heels, were a popular style of shoe in most women’s closets. The significance of this style is noted in Babesrage. They symbolized youth culture and its liberation and became a fashion staple.

Vinyl Records

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We couldn’t forget the iconic vinyl records on this list. Some vintage stores still sell them nowadays. This was the primary medium of music for many and a very well-cherished cultural item. The vinyl factory says some of the top albums collected back then included famous artists such as The Beatles, The Ventures, Francoise Hardy, and more.

Drive-In Theaters

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One of the more popular activities many sought after on weekends was going to the drive-in theatre. As a popular form of entertainment, there were no PlayStation or Netflix options, and instead, friends and families would fill up a car and watch movies at the drive-in while sipping their sodas.

Beaded Curtains

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As a form of decoration and even a room divider, the idea of the beaded curtain was prevalent in many homes. This reflected the Bohemian culture, which added much liveliness and flair to any room. They came in different colors and designs, and some people hung them on their walls too.

Lava Lamps

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Another iconic item that reflected the ’60s decade was the Lava lamp. This was a lamp that had colored wax inside a liquid, and when turned on and heated up, the wax would move around in different shapes. Kind of trippy, if you ask us. Its mood-altering visuals were welcomed into many places to light up a space and add some happy vibes.

Peace Signs

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Peace signs also became very popular in the ’60s and are still used today by many who like to promote the ideals of peace and love. When it first originated, as the Nobel Peace Center says, during the Cold War and because of a campaign for nuclear disarmament, the sign became a universal symbol of the hippie movement and its dedication to peace, and anti-war sentiments.

Smiley Faces

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Another iconic trademark of the 1960s was the smiley face. A simple symbol of a smiley face in yellow held important significance; it represented happiness and good vibes. This symbol was found on almost everything, including clothes, stickers, posters, shoes, and more.

Milk Delivery

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If anyone still remembers the milkman delivering their milk in bottles to their doorstep, they would have possibly been alive during this decade. This was one of the many personalized services that took place in this era and is seldom seen nowadays, only with a few private farmers offering this service.

Blacklight Posters

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Posters that were designed with a fluorescent backlight were also a popular decoration in many homes. As you would expect, it adorned psychedelic designs as well as famous artists and popular bands. Dorm rooms and bedrooms were the perfect place for these backlight posters.

The Mod Look

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Fashion trends were significantly different from what we see in stores nowadays. Examples included line dresses with geometric patterns coupled with sleek hairstyles. The youthfulness of the community was reflected in the Mod look. Other patterns included bright swirls, short skirts and capes, and a diverse choice of clothing for both men and women.

Twiggy’s Eyelashes

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The dramatic eyelashes you see women adorn nowadays originated in this era. Back then, they were known as Twiggy’s eyelashes because this was her signature look as a model. She set a beauty trend with these bold, expressive eyes that many young women still find appealing.

Space Age Fashion

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Inspired by the space race, fashion included futuristic designs, metallic fabrics, and accessories that mirrored the era’s fascination with space exploration. Fashion designers such as André Courrèges pushed the boundaries by creating ‘Space-Age’ clothing using silver and gold materials.

Pop Art

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Led by the famous artist Andy Warhol, the movement of Pop Art was heavily popular in this decade and something only 60s boomers would know about. This style incorporated commercial and popular culture by painting tin cans and bold lettering coupled with bright neon colors. The popular choices were the Campbell Soup cans, Coca-Cola, and Marilyn Monroe.

Telephone Booth Stuffing

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As a trend that started for fun, stuffing a telephone booth with as many students as possible was somewhat of the norm back in the ’60s. This quirky activity reflected the harmless and fun pranks that students played on each other.

Hula Hoop Contests

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A popular toy used for fun and exercise was the hula hoop. It was used as a toy as well as in contests that were held to see who could keep them up the longest while twirling them around their waist. This too, was a showcasing of the fun that many people had and the simple joys of its time.

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