Thursday, January 10, 2008

Flashback: Thirteen Retro Teen Girly Things

Thirteen Retro Girly Things

If you were a teen-age girl in the late 60's or early 70's you likely recognize these beauties...

Prissy the plush orange piggy bank was more than a piggy bank, he was a dust magnet.

Dudley Donkey sat on your bed -- tucked inside were your pajamas. He may have been a little juvenile in your teen years, but keeping him on your bed made your parents still think you were a little kid and so trusted you to have boys in your room. (When boys were in your room, Dudley was quickly tossed under the bed.)

When you weren't sobbing into your donkey pj holder that your boobs still hadn't come in, you consoled yourself crafting positive self-image dolls, like Uncommonly Easy Skinny Minnie. OK, so her real name is "Skinny Minnie" and the directions were "uncommonly easy", but your eyes were still filled with tears and you read it wrong, thus leading you into a confusing period of sexual promiscuity once your breasts did bud.

Ha Ha, grandma made you this crochet tic-tac-toe top!

Before the rick-rack shortage of '78 (also know as solid-hem Wednesday), you made snakes and dolls using nothing more than needle, thread, rick-rack, felt, and your imagination. Actually, little imagination was involved; there were patterns.

Sleepy Sally held your curlers. And scared your little brother. (A good place to keep your diary, no?)

Mod Maud was another curler holder, purchased to replace Sleepy Sally who was destroyed in that lighter fight with your brother that first night mom and dad left you in charge while they went to couples bowling. (Can't they trust you for a few hours? They almost had to drop out of the league because of you!)

Knot Freddie The Hung up Owl "added to your hangups", consequently you hated that your mother made him. (In her defense, Knot Freddie was therapy recommended by her counselor as mom got off the anti-depressants, let her arm-pit hair grow, and adjusted to dad's new pants-wearing secretary.)

A Logan's Run paperback -- because that Michael York's sooooo dreamy!

Kookie Komber was another pj bag. He was given to you by your BFF, Lisa, who thought Kookie looked like a pubic hair patch while you were out shopping at Spencer's Gifts. More than an inside joke, Kookie also held your reefer. (Making Kookie, what? An inside toke?)

Greta the autograph cat was a gift from Grandma. You screamed, "I love it!" when you opened the gift because anything other than a tic-tac-toe top was an improvement.

A copy of Gods, Demons and Space Chariots by Eric Norman. The man wasn't gonna keep the truth from you!

BFF Jill's mom was cool enough to order the Secret of the Sea beauty boutique by Dorothy Gray for you (a whopping $6, then a membership, but Jill's mom did use a lot of makeup anyway). Plus the DG eau de toilet spray covered-up the pot smell... Was mom getting suspicious, or was the pot making you paranoid?

Ooooh, who's got a groovy auntie who crochets hot-pants?

At first you thought you were cool because your mom actually let you wear them (the therapy was working, even if you had owls all over the house). But the joke was on you because you had knots where knots should never, ever be.

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OpenID fullbodytransplant said...

Tic Tac Toe on the back for the win! (That, or Logan's Run.)

You gave me flashbacks...

January 10, 2008 7:26 AM  
Blogger jayedee said...

talk about a blast from the past! great list! happy tt!

January 10, 2008 8:04 AM  
Blogger Amanda Young said...

Great list. I've always thought it would be cool to have grown up in the 60's, now I'm not so sure. lol

January 10, 2008 8:12 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Thanks for the early A.M. giggle!

January 10, 2008 8:56 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

This is (thankfully) a little before my time ... but hilarious nonetheless. Thanks for the laughs!

January 10, 2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Head Gaggler said...

Those are awesome! Love that tic-tac toe.

January 10, 2008 10:02 AM  
Blogger Faith said...

I had the tic-tac-toe vest, but none of the others are ringing a bell. I did have a hideous macrame owl, but he was brown and not nearly as cute as this one. If cute is the right word. :)

And I could never get my mom to get me one, but I always wanted a fuzzy rug shaped like a foot.

Happy TT!

January 10, 2008 10:20 AM  
Blogger mom huebert said...

Oh my goodness-- I remember Logan's Run!

January 10, 2008 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Nicole Austin said...

I must be younger than I thought. The owl is the only one that looks familiar. LOL!

Happy TT!

January 10, 2008 2:10 PM  
Blogger D Pop Tart said...

Faith, my sister and I each had fuzzy foot rugs -- in pink! :neener neener: We had the rugs lol

To those who don't remember these things: It's how we protect ourselves from such horrors, but don't worry, when your brain thinks it's safe for you to remember, you will... ;)

January 10, 2008 5:23 PM  
Blogger cajunvegan said...

I only remember the owl. My babysitter had one.

Thanks for stopping by the snarky comments I fantasize about hurling at my underlings.

Happy TT!

January 10, 2008 7:49 PM  
Blogger AJ Chase said...

I was born in the seventies but I remember the owl anyway. I loved seeing the pictures.

January 11, 2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger Roth's Rudiments said...

I was born in the 70's, but I had the owl in my bedroom! I always thought my mom made it, and based on the other comments, it appears that it was a popular one. Thanks for making such an amusing list!

January 16, 2008 11:38 PM  
Blogger jeanjeanie said...

Some of those toys are creepy enough to make me glad I was a '70s & '80s child.

I can appreciate the owls, though. And the Logan's Run.

And I kinda want to learn to crochet so I can make those hot pants. I wonder if those come in a knitting pattern?

January 17, 2008 1:19 PM  
Blogger thombeau said...


January 23, 2008 4:01 AM  
Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

I remember a few of these -- especially the macrame owl! I had one of those! Happy Hearts Day!

February 14, 2008 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

Those were quite interesting! Many in my family crocheted doilies, but never a pair of hot pants!

February 14, 2008 10:14 AM  

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