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Fads

Barbie doll
popular dress-up doll; extremely conventional and feminine. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 179]
Beatle cut
hairstyle with bangs, sides trimmed just below ears; banned by many school boards (1960s). [Am Hist.: Sann, 251–254]
bee-stung lips
ruby red and puckered female mouth make-up (1920s). [Am. Hist.: Griffith, 198]
bobbed hair
short, curly boyish hairstyle caused shock (1920s). [Am. Hist.: Griffith, 198]
bobby socks
female short socks that epitomized 1940s teen fashion. [Am. Cult.: Misc.]
car-stuffing
one example: 23 people stuffed in a Volkswagen bug. (1950s—1960s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 300]
chain letters
at height in 1930s, craze crippled postal service. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 97–104]
coonskin caps
raccoon cap with tail worn in recognition of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone revival (1950s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 30]
flagpole sitting
sitting alone at the top of a flagpole; craze comes and goes. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 39–46]
frisbees
tossing plastic disks was favorite pastime, especially among collegians (1970s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 178]
gold fish-swallowing
collegiate craze in 1930s. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 289–292]
hip-flask
liquor bottle designed to fit into back pockets; indispensable commodity during Prohibition. [Am. Hist.: Allen, 70]
hula hoops
large plastic hoops revolved around body by hip action (1950s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 145–149]
Kewpie doll
designed by Rose O’Neill and modeled on her baby brother; millions were made (starting about 1910). [Am. Hist.: WB, 5: 240–241]
marathon dancing
dance contests, the longest of which lasted 24 weeks and 5 days (1930s). [Am. Hist.: McWhirter, 461]
marathon eating
contestants consume ridiculous quantities of food; craze comes and goes. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 77–78]
miniskirt
skirts hemmed at mid-thigh or higher; heyday of the leg in fashion world (1960s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 255–263]
mud baths
warm mud applied on skin supposedly to retain fresh, young complexion (1940s). [Am. Hist.: Griffith, 198]
panty raids
collegiate craze in the 1940s and 1950s. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
raccoon coats
popular attire for collegians (1920s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 175]
rolled stockings
worn by flappers to achieve risque effect (1920s). [Am. Hist.: Griffith, 198]
saddle shoes
an oxford, usually white, with a saddle of contrasting color, usually brown; a favorite fad of the 1940s and 1950s. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
Silly Putty
synthetic clay; uses ranging from bouncing balls to false mustaches. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 165]
skateboards
mini surfboard supported on roller-skate wheels; 1960s craze enjoyed renaissance. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 151–152]
telephone booth-stuffing
bodies piled on top of one another inside a telephone booth; 1950s and 1960s craze. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 297]
tulipomania
tulip craze in Holland during which fortunes were lost. [Eur. Hist.: WB, 19: 394]
yo-yo
child’s toy that periodically overwhelms public’s fancy. [Am. Hist.: Sann, 173]
zoot suits
bizarre outfits with the “reet pleats” (1940s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 275]