So this week we are going to stop by and visit 1968 for a little while. Why 1968? Well I just happened to get a whole new box of vintage Better Homes and Gardens magazines in yesterday, all from the 60’s. Ebay is pretty awesome that way.
Anyway, the first one to catch my eye is this October issue of Better Homes and Gardens. So let’s stop and take a look around 1968. For those of you that may or may not have been alive then…
I’ll refresh your memory:
- The price of gasoline was 34 cents a gallon.
- The price of a movie ticket was $1.50 (Now it is $10.00 to get in the movies and you have to take out a loan and give up your first born child in order to buy a box of popcorn).
- The ATM was invented. Most likely so that we would be able to get money for the movies in the future..
- Airbags were invented and the 747 passenger plane made its first flight.
- Popular movies included: The Graduate, Planet of the Apes, and Rosemary’s Baby.
- The top songs of the year included: “Judy In Disguise” by John Fred and His Playboy Band, “Green Tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers, “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat, and “The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.
- Popular TV shows included: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (NBC), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (CBS), Bonanza (NBC), and Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
You still don’t remember? Quit trying to make me feel old. I know what you are doing…
Better Homes and Gardens seems to focus on decorating homes and gardens. Imagine that. So let’s look at how they decorated homes in 1968…
The magazine reads: “The cotton print revives the canopy bed opulence of long ago. Remember that a one-fabric extravaganza such as this, works best when the colors in the print are quiet so as not to disturb the tranquility you want in a bedroom”.
Aunt Ethel, here is the guest room. Like the way I decorated it? There was a sale at Walmart and I picked up this fabric for a steal! Just put your bags over there and check out the bed. I bought a comfy mattress just for you!
…No it’s over there. Further to your right. No, your other right! Take a few steps more. See the bed? It’s right there in front…crap. Someone help Aunt Ethel up.
…Can you hear the “Brady Bunch” theme here? This has to be the bathroom that the Brady kids shared. True to the Brady Bunch, we not only have a huge flower power thing going on, but also have no detectable toilet.
Frankly, I don’t know how you’d find it in that jungle.
The magazine reads: “The pow of big, big blooms packs a pattern wallop in a small bath. To keep this pattern from becoming overwhelming, the pattern is cut away following the irregular lines of the flowers”.
We wouldn’t want it to be overwhelming, would we?
The magazine reads, “Undulating flame stitch fabric makes a dramatic move to revive a tired and dispirited room. The wood dado anchors the spectacular wall background and keeps it from being overwhelming”.
What?? I can’t hear you over the wall-noise!
Aunt Ethel? Did you say something?
I’m thinking the same designer came up with the decorating ideas for my hotel room at the beach last year. Check out the brilliant mix of patterns.
We pretty much had to wear earplugs in order to get some sleep. The Brady Bunch called and they want their furniture back…
Okay, lets look at the food in 1968.
It would have to be better than the decorating…
What to do when there is a great sale in the canned green bean aisle? You have twenty cans of green beans and Aunt Ethel is ready for lunch?
Check this out!
This one is called the “Bean Dandy Sandwich” – dark rye bread, margarine, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, turkey slices, and salad dressing. Topped with a whole mess of green beans. You can use a whole can if you want. Yummm!
And then we have the “Dinner Ring”- A gelatin ring consisting of carrots, celery, olives, french dressing, gelatin, cottage cheese, miracle whip, milk, parsley and onion. But why stop there? Lets top that gelatin ring with another whole mess of green beans.
I’m thinking that they had recently discovered olives and gelatin in the 60’s because they seem to be in everything.
Oh yeah, and then there are green beans…
This one has the required olive ingredient and I’m thinking it might be meatloaf. I just can’t get over all the red sauce. It seems like we might be witnessing a meatloaf massacre. And the meatloaf totally lost. I believe the culprit was Colonel Mustard with the Candlestick in the Conservatory…but I could be wrong.
And looky here! We have crafts! The 1968 version of a dead clown that you can hang on the back of the childs door. It apparently holds dirty clothes and bad dreams. Not to mention an unfortunate choice of placement for the lone red pompom…
The little ghost baby sitting next to it is not much better. Sweet dreams…
And finally, we have this young man here showing us the “Men’s Front Interest Sweater”. Someone must have told him to look “interested”. Either that or he has been hypnotized by the flowered print in the bathroom.
We may never know…
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