Here's a selection of things on many a Christmas wish list in the 1970's, starting with the omnipresent bean bag chair. These things are still around, but back in the day they were everywhere. If I could choose one item to symbolize the decade, I might choose the bean bag chair. The ad below is from 1973 - the genesis of the phenom. Notice the price tag on this baby. That's $239.72 in today's dollars! By 1975, the price had dropped to around twenty bucks.
Suffice it to say, electronic games weren't what they are today. Of course, ignorance is bliss and we thought this was a technological breakthrough. Mom and dad actually paid more for Pong than you'd pay for a Wii system today.
Attention all gypsies. You no longer need to use old-fashioned crystal balls and Tarot cards. It's the 70's, and we use computerized fortune telling - get with the program! So, set up your kerosine lamp, tiny hourglass and your Coleco Zodiac and let the future unfold!
If you were between the ages of 7 and 17 during the 1970's, it's a sure bet a pair of sidewalk roller skates were waiting for you under the tree. I had some and they were painful. Rollerblades have ankle support and well designed weight distribution. Not the "Hot Pipes". Oh, no. Thank God your tendons and ligaments are flexible when you're young, because your ankles took a beating in these things.
Whew! I'll stop here. I haven't even mentioned the Spyrograph or Lite-Brite, but I need to call it a day before this post turns into a book. Maybe I'll do a part 2 later. Until then, Gilligan out.