What products were sold in the 1960s?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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One product that gained popularity in the 1960s was the Barbie doll, the first American mass-produced doll. She was introduced in 1959 by Ruth Handler, who was the co-founder of Mattel, Inc., alongside her husband Elliot Handler. After realizing her daughter ignored playing with baby dolls in favor of playing with adult women paper dolls, she saw a valuable niche in producing toys modeled after adult women. By 1961, the Barbie doll was being commercially advertised to children and tremendously popular. The dolls named Ken and Midge were introduced in 1963 and Skipper in 1964.

Go-go boots were another popular 1960s product that were created by French designer André Courrèges in 1964. These early versions were ankle-high boots with square toes and low, square-shaped heels. They were designed to be worn with miniskirts, which hung three inches above the knee.

The miniskirt was another popular 1960s product. The development of the modern miniskirt is attributed to London designer Mary Quant in 1964 out of a desire for young girls to express freely more of their sexuality.

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Being a child of the 60's, I remember when my parents got a new TV.  It was still a black and white model.  Color television was just becoming available and still very expensive.  Santa brought things like an Erector Set (set of metal building pieces with nuts and bolts to hold them together), Lincoln Logs and Matchbox cars.  My father had a typical car of the day with manual transmission, no seat belts, no air conditioning and these little vent windows in the front that let you direct the air to where you needed it.  I remember getting rid of our old coal stove and the guys from the store over town bringing in the new electric stove.  Just about everything that was purchased was found within a 6 block walk from our house.  New shoes and pants and dress shirts for school from the men's clothing store over town, tablets and pencils from the 5 and 10 just up the street, and stop on the walk back home for milk, canned carrots and maybe a chicken or a pork roast, if they looked nice, for supper.  Things were not as "disposable".  You drank out of real glass cups (usually jelly jars that were made to be used as glasses once the jelly was gone).  Rags and cloth towels were used instead of paper towels, then they were washed in the washing machine with the separate wringer and hung on the clothsline to dry.  Basically, people didn't buy or shop as much as we do today.

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