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Health & Beauty
Food & Drink
Other Products
Prices
Transportation



Health & Beauty





fragrance
Charlie
Love's Baby Soft
Aviance
Sweet Honesty
Heaven Scent
Jontue
Aqua Velva
Hot Pants
Rive Gauche
Babe
Cachet
Avon
Tabu
Emeraude
Enjoli
Windsong
Jean Nate
Skinny Dip
Old Spice



Collectible Avon Bottles
Vintage Avon Perfumes



Avon perfume bottles were
very cute and creative



cosmetics & skin care
makeup
Aziza eyeshadow
Kissing Gloss
Maybelline
Cover Girl
Lip Quencher
Merle Norman
Flame Glo
skin care
Clearasil
Stridex Pads
Ten-O-Six
Propa-PH
Rosemilk
Porcelana
Nair


Vanity Treasures



health

Geritol
Bufferin
Ayds weight-reducing candy
Pepto-Bismal
Flintstones Vitamins
Bayer
NyQuil
Anacin


shampoo
Short & Sassy
Long & Silky
Body On Tap
Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific!
Breck
Agree
Prell
Farrah Fawcett Shampoo
Faberge Organics
Wella Balsam
Herbal Essence


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hair care

Tame cream rinse
blow dryers
curling irons
Adorn hairspray
White Rain hairspray
Afro-Sheen
styling dryers with attachments
Loving Care hair coloring



grooming
deodorants
Sure
Tickle
Secret


razors
Daisy
Flicker
Gillette


feminine needs
Stayfree
New Freedom
hygiene
Shower-To-Shower
electric toothbrush


soap
Dial
Tone
Zest
Camay


toothpaste
Ultra-Brite
Close-Up
Pearl Drops
Crest
Colgate
Gleem



In the 1970s, the stiff bouffant hairstyles of the past were replaced by soft, natural hairstyles. This made squeaky-clean hair an absolute necessity. Washing your hair became a daily ritual, and the market was flooded with new shampoo brands. Frizzies, split ends and oily hair could be eliminated with products containing natural ingredients like herbs, beer, wheat germ oil and honey.



The early 1970s brought a new innovation in women's feminine hygiene: sanitary napkins with adhesive strips. Goodbye, belts and pins!






Food & Drink




beverages
Sanka
Tab
Kool-Aid
Fresca
Quik
7-UP
Shasta
Funny Face drink mix
Hi-C fruit drink
Hawaiian Punch
Nestea iced tea
Country Time lemonade
Sunkist orange soda (1978)




cereal

Frankenberry
Boo Berry
Count Chocula
Quisp
Freakies
Frosted Flakes
Wheaties
Fruity Pebbles
Life
Lucky Charms
Trix
Honeycombs
Cap'n Crunch
Shredded Wheat
Froot Loops
Cocoa Pebbles


The sweeter, the better!



chocolate bars

Choco'Lite
Nestle
Hershey
Chunky
Nestle's $100,000 Bar
Reggie!
Marathon
Mounds
Almond Joy



meals & snacks

Hunt's Manwich Sauce
Hamburger Helper (1971)
pizza
tacos
Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips
Fritos corn chips
Dannon yogurt
Space Food Sticks
Jiffy-Pop popcorn
Yoplait yogurt (1977)
Skippy peanut butter
Carnation Breakfast Squares
Pizza Spins
Jif peanut butter


Hostess Snacks
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Cereal Toy Premiums
Museum Of Beverage Containers
Soda Museum



desserts
Hostess Twinkies
Hostess Ding-Dongs
Snack-Pack pudding
Dolly Madison Zingers
Hostess Ho-Ho's
Bundt cake (1972)
Chips Ahoy!
Little Debbie snack cakes
Hostess Devil Dogs
Royal Gelatin



staples & condiments
Mazola corn oil
Ac'cent for cooking
Crisco
Lawry's Seasoned Salt



candy

Bottle Caps
Dynamints
Pez
Pop Rocks
Pixie Stix
Milk Duds
Chuckles
Tic Tacs
Starburst Fruit Chews
Fruit-Stripe gum
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Good & Fruity
Necco wafers
Good & Plenty


How Do Pop Rocks Work?
Gum Archive
Old Time Candy
Candy Wrapper Museum

The plastic two-liter soda bottle was introduced in 1977.


Aluminum soda cans with pull-tabs were introduced in 1963. Before this, cans were made of steel and were punched open with a church key can opener. Although pull-tabs were a great idea, there were some problems associated with them. Pull-tabs left a sharp edge around the opening and sometimes broke off prematurely. They also created a litter problem.


In 1974, the problems created by pull-tabs were solved when the stay-on tab was introduced. The idea was controversial at first, because the procedure required inserting the metal tab into the soda, which people considered unsanitary. The public's fears were unfounded, however, and the stay-on tab was adopted by the entire soda industry. Opening instructions were printed on soda cans for the first few years.














Other Products




Habitrail Pet Systems
Trapper Keepers
Dow Scrubbing Bubbles
Tarn-X
S.O.S. soap pads
Polaroid SX-70 Instant camera (1972)
Fab detergent
Playtex Nurser baby bottles
Niagara spray starch
Bic Banana Ink Crayons
Playtex Living Gloves
Water Pik
Kodak Pocket Instamatic camera (1972)
magnetic photo albums
Stick-Up air fresheners
Bounce fabric softener sheets (1972)
Krazy Glue
Shell No-Pest Strips


Visit my Electronics section to see more groovy products!

smile!

The Kodak Pocket Instamatic camera and Polaroid SX-70 instant camera both came out in 1972. The Polaroid was a real ice-breaker at parties....it was fun to watch the pictures develop right before your eyes! The Polaroid One-Step was a popular version of the SX-70 released in the late 1970s.

For dark shots, we used Sylvania and G.E. flash cubes. "Next day" photo processing was only offered at camera specialty shops, so we usually waited several days to get our pictures back from the drugstore. Unfortunately for those of us with green or blue eyes, there wasn't any computerized red-eye correction, either.

When the new magnetic photo albums came out, their sticky plastic-covered pages rendered photo-mounting corners obsolete. Many people still had their photos made into slides, which they could view with a projector or portable slide viewer.



When was the last time you used flash cubes?....





....or looked at your slides in a slide viewer?







Prices


typical prices
Litton microwave oven...................................$439
Breck shampoo..............................................99c
1 can Hi-C fruit drink.....................................40c
G.E. styling hair dryer
-------with attachments..............................$15.99
battery-powered Snoopy toothbrush................$7.33
portable cassette recorder.............................$29.88
G.E. pocket radio (AM only)............................$4.99
Polaroid SX-70 instant camera.........................$180
45 RPM record..............................................$1.00
vinyl LP.......................................................$5.00
Zenith stereo (AM/FM tuner, turntable,
--------8-track or cassette player,
------- 2 speakers).........................................$270







Transportation




AMC Pacer
Ford Pinto
AMC Gremlin
Volkswagen Beetle
station wagons
VW Rabbit
muscle cars
Chevy Nova
Pontiac Firebird
Ford Mustang
mopeds
Chevy Vega
motorcycles
AMC Hornet
dune buggies
customized vans


1973 new car prices
Volkswagen Beetle..........$2625
AMC Gremlin...................$2150
Chevy Vega....................$2237
Ford Pinto......................$2292


In 1973, the Oldsmobile Toronado was the first GM car to roll off the assembly line equipped with an optional airbag.

Before the 1970s, most cars had side vent windows: small triangle-shaped windows that passengers in the front seat could push open. A handful of models were designed without side vents in the 1960s. They were eliminated completely in the 1970s when automakers, in an effort to make cars more economical, removed them because they weren't aerodynamic.

Customized vans were very big in the 1970s. Shag carpet and a great sound system inside, stunning artwork outside.






1971 Ford Pinto




1972 Plymouth station wagon




Side vent window




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