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8 Things You Might Not Have Noticed About “Happy Days”

Jan 08, 2018 |  Retro Staff No Comments

For a decade, millions of Americans tuned into ABC on Tuesday nights to watch a Milwaukee family’s life from the 1950s to 1960s unfold, rather comedically. “Happy Days” premiered January 15, 1974, and lasted 255 episodes until September 24, 1984.     The show featured the Cunninghams, consisting of father Howard (Tom Bosley), mother Marion

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1950s Galaxy Home Syrups For Soft Drinks

Jul 06, 2015 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Among the many vintage finds displayed in our office, you can find this collection of cool Galaxy Syrup spaceman bottles. They were made for the Space Foods Company of Baltimore, Maryland around 1953. There isn’t much information available about the syrup manufacturer as it appears they went bankrupt either before or shortly after their product

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Wooly Willy: The Toy No One Wanted

Dec 12, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

In the 1950s Smethport Specialty Company produced magnetic and metal toys, along with military components. Brothers Donald and James Herzog worked for the Pennsylvania company when, in 1955, James realized the dust from grinding magnets could be used as a drawing tool. Soon after he filed to patent the first Wooly Willy magnetic drawing kit.

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1950s Exterior Paint Colors

Sep 04, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

In the 1950s, Americans were ready to enjoy prosperity in simple forms. The war was over, and people set out to build smaller homes and adorn them with brighter colors. At the least, many homeowners updated the exterior of their houses with new paint colors that reflected the country’s newfound optimism. In later years, we

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The Toastmaster Super De Luxe Toaster with Power Action (1953)

Aug 28, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Comparing costs from the 1950s with the 2010s based on inflation alone isn’t exactly perfect. Just like today, new technologies were viewed as luxury items and introductory prices reflected this. The automatic pop-up toaster was first introduced in 1926, but manual toasters maintained popularity well into the ’50s, mostly due to costs. Take a look

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