Throwback to the 1960s

March 26, 2015

2883359080_ee4498e370Buick has reinvented itself now, but back in the day, there was no better throwback than a 1960s Buick. Note the gear shift on the steering column. The narrow, uncovered steering wheel and the slim horn. This one’s cherry, isn’t it? Oh, and it’s Throwback Thursday!

th-5Forget the blue/white dress.  This is much better, if a little dizzying. Doesn’t this just scream Throwback Thursday?  So here’s my question:  Is this black on white or white on black?

fashion1960The Courreges version of these boots was white, but 1960s go-go boots are iconic.

button-changeBonus points for knowing what SDS means and was.

1960s-era-patioPoints for knowing what that stone is called. We had it in our dining room, foyer and on the patio.


This was still happening in the 1960s. I saw it. Points for having actually seen it and been shocked and horrified. Bonus points for still being shocked and horrified.

trinity1This, too. I lived it.

flower-power-020716Flower power. If you had one, double bonus points for being a real throwback!

5131876382_5305f006f0_zPre-Zamfir. Points for knowing who Zamfir is without Googling.

vietnam_protest_rsIt seems strange that many of the pro-war adults I knew made sure to keep their sons out of the draft. Not that it was anyone close to me or anything. In a way I can’t blame them but in another way, well, can you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E? I wonder what these now grown men tell their children about why they didn’t serve in Vietnam….

1960's+hairstyles1Points for knowing what kind of hair spray everyone used.

schlafly2Points for knowing who she is. Hint: she is 90 years old and still spouting anti-women’s rights rhetoric. Points for knowing what the ERA is. Bonus points for having marched in an ERA parade.

59_VW_Frt_LHDid you have a 1960s-era one of these? Score!

35431You only get Throwback points if you wore the entire outfit, top to bottom.

If you lived through the 1960s and remember it, I hope you’ll share an iconic memory in the comments section.


40 comments on “Throwback to the 1960s
  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    If I had to pick any period of time to visit, it would be the late 60’s. I love that era.

  2. Diane says:

    What a great post! I was young in the 60’s but remember much of it. Volatile time in many ways, but the memories….! Thanks for sharing! #ultrablog

  3. penpen says:

    I had my first career job in the 60s. I worked for Time Inc as a letter’s correspondent. I lived through a Mad Men time at Time/Life: Women couldn’t be — were not allowed to be –writers or editors. They could only be researchers or letters correspondents. Of course, the position of secretary was also open to us. It’s worse in retrospect than it was at the time. For the most part, the sixties were a great time to be young and single and living in New York City.

  4. Great throwback! I am a product of the 70’s, but feel that I am a 60’s child, truly. I was born in the wrong decade 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    Some of the icons were a bit different here in Canada, but yeah. I knew all your stuff too. 🙂

  6. How well I remember it. Thank you for the fun trip back in time!

  7. Max says:

    When I look at this I cant help but think of how funny things were back then and then I think I cant to hear what my kids say about the time when I grew up.

  8. Wow, just wow on your throwbacks. I was born in ’62 but the force of change was palpable even to me. I remember the protests and the bell bottom pants, hairdos and tie-dye. Unfortunately I earned very few points in your quiz. Will you be posting the answers?

  9. Oh what a colorful time! No wonder my parents enjoyed the 60’s so much 🙂

  10. Carol Graham says:

    Yup – lived it all. Got married in the sixties.

  11. I’m a flower child and I LOVE this post. That flower power VW van is it. And those clothes, I remember them well.

  12. Lana says:

    I was born in 1967 in Berkeley. My mom was in labor and they were headed to the hospital, but a large group of college students was holding a protest in the street. My dad was panicking and had to get out of the car and ask them to move – which they did, thankfully! Love this post!

  13. Hi Carol,
    I was a baby in the 60’s 😉 Thanks for the great post!!

  14. I was so busy trying to be a grown-up in the ’60’s I missed all the fun. But, I remember it all! I got married in ’68 and had both kids by ’71. Luckily for me I had my rebellious time in my ’40’s, believe it or not. Maybe that’s why I refuse to grow-up…I was born a grown-up and I’m living life backward.
    Great post!

  15. oh shoot, I thought the answers were going to be upside down at the bottom! Loving the trip down memory lane.

  16. I get an awful lot of points. I was still a preteen in the 60s but oh my the memories. I remember a smoke in at Washington Crossing State Park where helicopters were dropping pot on 1000’s of teenagers. There were protesters there too. It was a maxe of angry. People and stoned people. I was kind of terrified.
    I think all of those protesters are now professors. Scary.

  17. Janie Emaus says:

    I was in SDS! And I used Aqua Net. This was a really fun post.

  18. Britney says:

    I am an 80s baby so I missed a lot of this stuff. It’s fun to look back and see it though!

  19. Mary says:

    Great post, Carol! You have brought back so many of my memories to me. I’m pretty sure I racked up a lot of points!

  20. Alana says:

    Our high school offered Russian as a language. One of my lunch table companions was studying Russian so she would be all set to join therevolution after high school. Used to have me quiz her for her Russian tests. I remember passing an Army recruiting station on the way home from school one day and there was some kind of violent confrontation going on in front of it – I chose another way home quickly.

  21. It must be a day for THROWBACKS because my piece today is about the 70s, however, I lived this decade as well. I had tie-dyed clothes, used HairNet spray, we had neighbor kid’s who had both a VW bug and a Flower Power Van, I wore mini shkirts and had white go-go boots, and the Vietnam War ended (?) my senior year of High School, so yes, I think I scored a few points. HA! Great one Carol.

  22. How can I possibly count as a baby boomer? All that stuff was before I noticed it….I was riding my bike and playing tag in the backyard. Looked fun though!

  23. Jeanine says:

    Wow! Way before my time. It’s so fun to look back and see how it used to be and how it is now! Very cool!

  24. Great stuff! My youngest daughter would love this. Though she was born in the ’80s, she’s truly a ’60s chick.

    I recall some of this, but as the last of the boomers, I was born in 1964 and much of this wasn’t on my radar as a wee one. Fun to look back on what I missed, though. (Well, most of it… not all, though, obviously.)

  25. Amy Bovaird says:

    I was born in ’60 and remember a lot, like some of the others who have commented. But we lived in a small town and missed experiencing (firsthand) much of the explosive actions in the cities around the US. We did see it all on television, however. I remember the POWs because my cousins and I had bumper stickers with their names and we talked endlessly about them. Great post!

  26. Heather says:

    Wow! Lots of history here! I am an 80’s child so this is decades before my time, but I do love history and I’m so glad there aren’t anymore “colored” waiting rooms!! Go Flower Power!

  27. Estelle says:

    I think the only one I got was Phyllis Schafly? Is that right, Carol?

  28. This was such a fun read. I was racking up a few points here and there until getting to the rainbow colored outfit. Darn! I always wanted a pair of go-go boots. We lived in an Eichler style home in Contra Costa County just like in the photo. And my husband’s first car was a VW bug. Loved this throwback post.

  29. Tammy says:

    Such a FUN read! My first car was a VW bug, $800! Yup, had Go-Go boots and used Aqua Net hairspray. Had a peace sign necklace and often wore a flower in my long straight hair. Those were the days when everything was ahead of me. I remember the excitement of wondering what would become of me. I still wonder….and am still excited!

  30. Stephanie says:

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. Oddly enough – I’m not a product of the 60’s (I’m a product of the 80’s) BUT the older I get the more I actually seem to ENJOY the look and feel of the architecture from the 60s (as well as some of the fashions).

  32. Liz Mays says:

    I couldn’t get any of these even though many of them are familiar! I guess I was just a little too young. Darn. Oh wait, I should be happy about that.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Phyllis Shlafly of course. Probably spelled wrong.
    The back ground is white on black black and the hood is black on white. What a fun trip down memory lane. I learned to drive in a shift on the column car. Wow, those were the days.

  34. Great post!! The hairstyles, outfits and the cars are just amazing to see. You have captured it very well here 🙂

  35. I think my heart — and definitely my taste in music — is stuck in the ’60s, even though I was only entering double digits at the end of the decade!

  36. Sadly I was born just a little too late! I did have the Volkswagon Bug though.

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