Let it be, let it be, whisper words of wisdom, let it be, croons The Beatles on someone’s radio in the Sixties. In some other part of the universe, the Russians explored space and Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil rights movement. On the same era, man landed on the moon, thus changing history books forever.
The 1960s which is more popularly known as The Sixties is a time of complex political, cultural, arts and entertainment trends worldwide. This period has been marked with revolt against the various barriers of class and age and the division of popular and high culture. Join me as we look back on the most memorable fashion trends, cars, music, films and games of the 1960s, the era which marked the dawn of the pop culture.
1. Fashion Trends
Colorful coats, dyed artificial furs and attractive suits were usually worn by people as they stroll on the streets during the day. Beatle-inspired outfits, pants and boots are also getting more popular at this time. Hats were replaced by bandanas. This was also the the time for growing hair and beards as the unisex hippies look had been gaining popularity. Class and sophistication had also been seen with memorable 1960s fashion icons such as US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and actress Audrey Hepburn.
American companies built 93% of the cars sold in the US and 48% of the world sales in the 1960s. Some of the best 1960s cars include the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac GTO and ofcourse, the Ford Mustang.
This period is the start of the British rock scene with The Beatles introducing soul, rhythm and blues, and surf music. Elvis hits UK and various artists have begun singing songs that range from RnB to Pop. Music has become a mirror of some of the movements during that time.
Some of the best loved classics were created in this era. The popular 1960s movies include The Sound of Music, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and 101 Dalmatians.
5. Toys and Games
Who doesn’t enjoy a classic game of Twister. This classic 1960s game is still loved by everyone at present. Included in the famous 1960s toys are bowling games, Hands Down, and foldaway dollhouse. Other sixties games include The Game of Life, Three Musketeers, and Lines of Actions. One of the biggest events that happened in this era is when Hassenfeld Brothers changed its name to Hasbro Industries, an Amerian multinational toy and board game company famous for games like G.I. Joe, Sesame Street, Jurassic Park, Pokemon, Star Wars and Transformers.
One cannot help but look back and feel nostalgic as we think about the 1960s. It also can’t be helped if at present a lot of the Sixties trends, especially in games and fashion, are making a comeback. At present, there are also websites such as 1967 that feature games for the vintage lovers. Truly, the 1960s is an era that is worth remembering.