The banana bike was one of the coveted toys in the 60s. It was also known as the Wheelie bike and Spyder bike and featured oversized handlebars that vaguely resembled motorcycle handlebars.
Perhaps it was their understated “cool” factor that made them so popular but it was also a great way to encourage kids to get out of the house, get some fresh air and spend time with their friends.
Pictured in the below photo is head-turning Swedish actress Maud Solveig Christina Adams. Best known for her portrayal of not one but two Bond girls in the iconic James Bond films—the first being “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), the second being the “eponymous” character in “Octopussy” (1983).
Adams was truly recognized as the ultimate face of international beauty and fame. Looking back on her appearances as minor characters in the Bond films over 30 years ago, Adams still reflects back on roles like that of the infamous seductress, Octopussy. She was a big name in the glorious 1960 and brought a fresh and different flavor to the screen.
DIY Fallout Shelters
With growing anxieties about nuclear warfare during the Cold War, the 60s public became focused on their safety. Anxiety became so great that the media even encouraged the public to build their own fallout shelters at home.
The basement was the most obvious place to create the shelter and they were planned to be not simply shelters, but a place where a family could live comfortably for an extended time. Thankfully, they never needed to be used for nuclear warfare and typically became extra storage spaces or even storm shelters.
I Dream Of Jeanie
Along with highly-rated TV shows like "Gilligan’s Island," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Star Trek" and "Bonanza," was the comedy, "I Dream of Jeanie." The whimsical plot centered around a woman (who happens to be a 2,000-year-old genie) and her astronaut husband trying to adjust to normal, suburban life.
Actress Barbara Eden’s outfit was a bit controversial for the day but it nonetheless became a beloved show for the time.
The Era of Brigitte Bardot
Among all of the notable starlets of the 60s, Bridget Bardot was certainly one of the top icons of the day. Bardot was born in France, giving her that exotic “it” factor that movie studios were looking for.
She was known for films like "The Night Heaven Fell," "Love Is My Profession" and "Contempt." She was often cast as the love interest in her movies but still managed to appear in a few different film genres.