Amazing Things From Decades Past That Need to Be a Thing Today

Amazing Things From Decades Past That Need to Be a Thing Today

Every past decade had incredible things that make us nostalgic for “the good old days.” While it would be impossible to list them all here, below is a compilation of fun things from decades past that need to make a comeback. What else would you like to see make a comeback from the 20th Century?

Silent Movie Frame Once Upon A Time

1900’s

  1. Parasols – Back in the day, people would use parasols to block the sun, preventing overheating and sunburn. Whether or not they are useful, they are adorable. They take you from drab to fab in less than 10 seconds.
  2. The Words “Lollapalooza” and “Humdinger” – Both of these words mean something amazing or outstanding. Can you imagine people calling concerts “a real humdinger” or a “lollapalooza?”

1910’s

  1. Silent Films – The silent film era ran from 1894-1929. Movies today focus too much on special effects and using star actors that they miss the simplicity and elegance of silent films.
  2. Hobble Skirts – The hobble skirt became popular towards the beginning of this decade. It was a dress with a narrow hem near the ankles, consequently causing the wearer to walk slower. While this doesn’t sound like a good idea, it actually accentuates the waist quite nicely.

1920’s

  1. Flapper Dresses – If you want to wear the most comfortable outfit but still look like a movie star, wear a flapper dress. This style needs to come back, and not just for Halloween.
  2. Jazz Music – Let’s bring back jazz music, not the “smooth jazz” that’s on the radio these days, but the real roaring jazz from the 1920’s.

1930’s

  1. Buck Rogers Ray Gun – One of the most popular toys during the 1930’s was Buck Rogers Ray Gun. Buck Rogers was a cartoon character who was put into suspended animation for 500 years. He wakes up to find a futuristic society in shambles. He galanty fights against the evil dictator, wielding a futuristic ray gun. There are many different models of the gun that parents would buy for their kids, some metal some paper, but all amazing.
  2. The Lindy Hop – Dancing has always been a way to let loose, but dancing used to be something that everyone could do quite well. The Lindy Hop was just one of the many dances that people from this era were proficient at.

A Girl With Umbrella

1940’s

  1. Soda Fountains – This is one vintage trend that has started to make a comeback. Soda fountains were small hangouts in pharmacies and other stores where soda was poured on the tap, offering delicious non-alcoholic cocktails. Many companies have started up this soda cocktail trend, but it has yet to be quite as popular as it once was. For more information about the history of soda fountains, check out this blog.
  2. “Fancy” Clothes as Day Wear – The 1940’s was one of the last decades that people dressed their best for everyday life. Now we opt for sweatpants and t-shirts, but in days gone by, people dressed to impress every day of their lives.

1950’s

  1. Swimsuits – 1950’s swimwear had a way of making you look like you were ready for a fancy night out on the town, or just a day at the beach. They are starting to make a comeback, and rightfully so.
  2. Phrases Such as “Flatter Bum” and “Lighting up the Tilt Sign” – “Flatter bum” was used when you were talking about an attractive man while “lighting up the tilt sign” was how you would describe someone caught in a lie.

1960’s

  1. The Milkman – Long gone are the days where the milkman delivered milk to your door. This needs to come back, not only because the joke “he looks like the milkman” no longer makes sense, but it was a simpler time where communities were closer and knew each other better.
  2. Ice Cream for Breakfast – In the 1960’s, a woman by the name of Florence Rappaport declared the first Saturday in February as “Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day.” While this is still technically a national holiday, few people celebrate it.

1970’s

  1. Roller Rinks – People sure knew how to have fun in the 70’s! Roller rinks were full of amazing skaters and fun music. Today, you’ll only find sweaty preteens looking to hold hands with the cutest girl in their class. Luckily some rinks still have disco nights for the daring.
  2. Satin… Everything – Clothing in the 70’s took a lot of interesting turns, one of those being the satin trend. You could get satin anything: hats, shorts, jackets, etc. Satin needs to make a comeback.

Pong Video Game Screen

1980’s

  1. Video Arcades – In the 1980’s, you had to go to the arcade to play your favorite games. You would compete with other people (and against the machine itself) to hold the high score, win bragging rights, and impress your friends. Arcades have nearly died out. Most of them are worn down and overrun by preteens.
  2. The Hair – You may think this one is said in jest, and it partially is, but at the same time, hair in the 1980’s was art. Some of it was a bit out of this world, but many people (take Farrah Fawcett), had something truly remarkable.

1990’s

  1. The Maze Screensaver – Nearly every computer came the most mesmerizing screensaver. You’d travel through a pixelated maze for hours while the computer tried to find a way out.
  2. Puffy Coats – While these multi-colored patchwork quilts looked dorky, they were incredibly warm. Pea coats are trendy and cute, but they’re not quite warm enough for harsh winters.

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CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Bones, Law and Order—crime dramas and cop shows are cropping up all over TV these days, and many people enjoy the thrill of watching investigators navigate a mysterious crime and ultimately catch the culprit. One question that people often ask when watching these shows, however, is, “How accurately does this show mirror real life?” It’s natural, of course, that cop shows eliminate several aspects of reality simply for the sake of good storytelling; but here is an interesting look at some of the key things that cop shows get wrong.

Police siren

Lab results take weeks (or months) to get, not hours.

One common occurrence in crime drama involves a medical examiner rattling off the results of a toxicology report to their supervisor, hours after the request is made, and long before a full autopsy is completed. In the world of forensics, however, a toxicology test involves taking samples from blood, urine, and various body tissues, testing them for drugs and other substances, and passing the samples between many different people. Ultimately, getting lab results could take anywhere from four to six weeks—or even longer. Read More

Make Your Home a Safer Place

Whether you’ve lived in your house for 10 years or 10 days, it’s important to make sure it’s as safe as possible. Unfortunately, even the best neighborhoods can experience break-ins and intruders. In order to keep your family, pets and personal belongings safe and protected, it’s important to take steps to ensure your home isn’t easy to break into.

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First off, make sure your home has working locks on every door and window. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that a broken bathroom window lock won’t matter or that second-story windows don’t need locks. Unfortunately, this is far from true. Intruders look for easy ways to get into a home and if your locks are broken, it makes you an easy target. Consider fixing any broken locks yourself or hiring a locksmith to assist you if you aren’t sure how to get started. Read More