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Our Favorite Products from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Caitlin Burm
By Caitlin BurmMarch 5, 2015

We held a Senior Care Box sweepstakes this month, to help families stay connected with senior loved ones when seniors are most likely to experience the post-holiday blues. A Place for Mom readers were asked to share what their favorite products were from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, to win. Now, we’re sharing their favorite products with you.

Let’s take a look back at some of the beloved products of this time.

85 Products from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Thank you to all of our readers who entered our Senior Care Box sweepstakes, where we offered a chance to win a Senior Care Box to those who reminisced and shared their favorite products  of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with us.

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Congratulations to Annette K., who is the winner of our contest, for telling us that her favorite product of the time was an audio cassette, because:

“It gave us a chance to record voices of people who are no longer with us. For me, personally, my grandparents’ and father’s voices are captured, for which I’m very grateful.”

Although not everyone could win, we enjoyed reading through your responses, and were able to take a look back at so many great products. We hope you enjoy reminiscing with us on favorite products from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

  1. “Pantyhose.” — Trudy S.
  2. A record player and 45’s to play on it!” — Julie S.
  3. “A hula hoop.” — Sue W.
  4. “Cap guns.” — Christa K.
  5. “Craft of the Month, a spirograph, hot rollers and princess phones.” — Barbara T.
  6. “Pick-up sticks, and jump rope.” — Sharon B.
  7. “The Trouble game.” — Mary W.
  8. “Pogo sticks, Ericofons and ’70s Mustangs.” — Deb G.
  9. “Mary Janes candy.” —Marty T.
  10. “Strobe lights.” — Mary C.
  11. “Jacks.” — Teresa M.
  12. “Lava lamps.” — Imelda T.
  13. “Lincoln Logs made of real wood.” — Daphne R.
  14. “Hooded hair dryers that eliminated having to sleep in hair rollers so often.” — Sherry P.
  15. “Hairspray.” — Maria P.
  16. Typewriters.” — Celeste C.
  17. “Push-through tabs on drinking cans.” — Mike V.
  18. “Old radios, that brought the world to me.” — Cheryl M.
  19. “Click Clacks.” — Greta J.
  20. “Hot pants.” — Marilyn L.
  21. “Rubiks Cubes.” — Treda W.
  22.  “Transister radio.” — Marge J.
  23. “S&H Green Stamps and the catalog to order merchandise.” — Glenda R.
  24. “Ivory soap.” — Nancy F.
  25. “Pet rocks, Chinese checkers and Mincemeat pie.” Marylou B.
  26. “Silver Christmas trees.” — Sheila E.
  27. “The Slinky.” — Rachel S.
  28. “The electric frying pan.” — Mimi G.
  29. “Penny candy.” — Michelle A.
  30. The Easy Bake Oven.” — Jennifer W.
  31. “Camay, the soap of beautiful women.” — Judith F.
  32. “Cassettes.” — Chris H.
  33. “Flannel nightgowns with lace around the collar and sleeves.” — Karen P.
  34. “Hockey sticks.” — Robert M.
  35. “Color forms and books.” — Pam M.
  36. “Mood rings.” — Martha F.
  37. “The Chatty Cathy doll.” — Vicki N.
  38. “Seventeen Magazine.” — Aladene S.
  39. “TV trays.” — Sheri H.
  40. “Go-go boots.” — Leslie K.
  41. Big Band music to dance to.” — Joyce A.
  42. “Albert’s Chocolate Ice Cubes.” — Susan E.
  43. “Barbie dolls.” — Colleen S.
  44. “Yogurt makers.” — Audrey P.
  45. “ROOK card games.” — Linda H.
  46. “Roller skates.” — Dale C.
  47. “Pop Beads.” — Kathleen M.
  48. “Monopoly.” — Charline P.
  49. “A&W Root Beer drive-in’s.” — Sharon S.
  50. “Chenile bedspreads and gumdrop trees.” —Amy T.
  51. “Lucky Charms.” — Victoria H.
  52. “Front yard hoses and drinking out of it on a hot, summer day.” — Jeanne V.
  53. “Great Shakes — Oh, to have that taste again.” — Jennifer P.
  54. “Watching 1940s movies and listening to The Rat Pack.” — Debbie E.
  55. “Coconut macaroons and Chick-o-Sticks.” — Debbie J.
  56. “Bell bottoms.” — Fern L.
  57. “Mellowdew Ice Cream, creamy and delicious.” — Kathy M.
  58. “Tye-dye t-shirts.” — Pamela G.
  59. “Bleached flare blue jeans.” — Charlene C.
  60. “The Autograph Hound.” — Marybeth V.
  61. Paperdolls.” — Chris A.
  62. “Brown and white saddle Oxfords.” — Sue I.
  63. “Root Beer candy.” — Victoria U.
  64. “Slushy cups.” — Julie S.
  65. “Tupperware.” — Marilyn M.
  66. “Moo-moo dresses.” — Vicky G.
  67. “Kenmore sewing machines.” — Laurie A.
  68. “Thumbelina.” — Lana C.
  69. “The microwave.” — Laurie W.
  70. “70’s remote controls.” — Todd K.
  71. “Sugar Babies candy.” — Joy R.
  72. “Red Rover.” — Regina H.
  73. “Large, twirling ballerina dolls.” — Marcy S.
  74. Rotary phones.” — Carol L.
  75. “Jello 1-2-3.” — Susan S.
  76. “The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family.” — Sanine P.
  77. “Silvercup Bread.” — Jo S.
  78. “50’s Pierce Arrow Car.” — Gwen S.
  79. “Noxzema.” — Lucy B.
  80. “Keys to wind up toothpaste tubes.” — Melvin L.
  81. “Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup.” — Cindy L.
  82. “Breck Shampoo.” — Deborah E.
  83. Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific Shampoo.” — Carolyn L.
  84. “Frappe candy bars.” — Sandi S.
  85. “Troll dolls.” — Zina C.

Do you have a product to share from this time, that wasn’t mentioned above? We’d love to hear it! Comment below to share your favorite product from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

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