Memories of the Seventies

Life/Recreation
By: litetender    
28-Mar-2011

Introduction:Each decade for as long as time has existed has encapsulated certain memories, music, and themes. I grew up in the 1970s, and these are some of the things I remember!

  • 01

    Wild and Free ... and Safe

    Growing up in the 1970s was a time of great freedom for children. Parents wanted to know who their children were with and when they would be home. It was common for my friends and I to leave in the morning on adventures unplanned, and not return home until supper. We explored by foot and by bicycle, an area of approximately five square miles. We explored underground tunnels, climbed abandoned silos, and rowed a leaky rowboat all over the area's lakes and inlets ... or perhaps I should say, one rowed while the rest bailed water. Best of all, we never felt a moment's fear and I'm quite certain that neither did our parents fear for us!

  • 02

    Clothing

    The 70's were a decade of fascinating fashion statements. I remember: bare feet, bell bottomed jeans, tie dyed tee shirts, platform sandals, the "wet" look, elephant pants, Go-Go boots, mini skirts, peasant blouses, and hot pants. I also recall Mood rings, feathered earrings, cowl necked sweaters, clogs, Birkenstocks, halter tops, hip hugger jeans, and midriff tops!

  • 03

    Carpeting

    The 70's were the era in which wall to wall carpeting became popular. Every home in my neighborhood eventually covered up their gorgeous, hardwood floors with wall-to-wall carpeting, much of it with the wildly popular and novel variegated colored "shag" carpeting. Shudder.

  • 04

    Color Themes

    The 70's only employed two color schemes so far as I can recall, and both were variations on a theme involving green and orange. Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were the definite favored choices for kitchen appliances in that decade. Everything from washing machines to can openers came in those prized colors. (You really have to wonder exactly what caused the "tipping point" where THAT choice was concerned!)Big splashy flower decals in green and orange were popular as well.

  • 05

    Naugahyde

    Continuing the color theme from the kitchen into the living room, much of the furniture in the 70's was upholstered in the leather hides from the "genuine Nauga". Naugahyde is actually an extremely durable synthetic leather, but in the 70's, there was a popular urban legend to the effect that Naugahyde came from the (mythical) Nauga, which gave the world leather by shedding its hide rather than being killed for it. It's astounding the number of people who believed this at the time. (Well, not really, there was no Internet, thus no Snopes to dispel such myths!) At any rate, it seemed in that decade that almost all Naugahyde (which is still manufactured today in a rainbow of colors) came in the ever popular Avocado Green. Naugahyde is incredibly durable, and there are still pieces of furniture upholstered in Avocado Green Naugahyde floating around American flea markets and garage sales to this day!




Final Thoughts

If you, too, grew up in the 70s and have specific memories of that era, it would be super cool if you'd share some of your memories in the comments section below! I didn't even touch on the music or movies, so have at it!


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  • litetender 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I had the crush on Donny Osmond, too. And Bobby Sherman! Anyone remember him?

  • Tess1960 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I remember the bell bottom jeans nad navy pea coats of the 70's. I spent the 70's adoring Elvis and the Monkeys. Oh but I mustn't leave out the crush I had on Donny Osmond or Leif Garrett.

  • clewand550 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    Those were the days when you could go out and feel safe. The days when you didn't worry about your child when they went for a bike ride or hours or a walk. The days when they didn't need a cell phone to keep in contact with you so that you knew they were safe. Nice list of 5.

  • snowfence 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list of the 70's. H5

  • JennyHeart 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    All great memories, but the clothing one made me smile the biggest.

  • Snakesmom 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I remember those crazy colors of the seventies (orange in particular) and the shag carpets! I was only a toddler, good times! H5!

  • goodselfme 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I was actually sorry to see your list of the memories of the 70's end. I recall those good times even though some were the years of rearing children. I miss the not having to worry about play time for any child now since there is a barrage of concern for that valuable time in a child's life.

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