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.
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.
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.
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.
Adoring Liza Minnelli
Actress and singer Liza Minelli married Australian singer Peter Allen in 1967. Apart from being Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza rose to fame in her own right through her roles in “Cabaret” and “The Sterile Cuckoo.” She met Allen while performing together at a New York nightclub, and they fell madly in love, tieing the knot at an intimate ceremony in New York City.
Liza, to this day, is a 1960s symbol and not only because of the movies and musicals she took part in but because those days were not only glam and glory. They carried sad and gloomy stories of substance use, broken homes, and making very bad decisions in life.