Celebrating Women for the Real World

YOU WERE A GIRL IN THE 70S (and 80’s) IF…

You wore a rainbow shirt that had half-sleeves; the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor’s Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.You thought Gopher from the Love Boat was cute! (Admit it!)

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

You had either a “bowl cut” or “pixie,” not to mention the “Dorothy Hamill”
because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People sometimes thought you were a boy.

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. (Mkay-so the poncho came back during winter and gauchos are all that this spring- we must have been doing something right! You know we looked good. Don’t hate!)

You begged Santa for the electronic game Simon.

You could spend hours playing Pong!

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.
(The swing set tipped over at least once!)

You were really into ping pong and pogo sticks.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl’s sandals (the ones with hard sole &the buckle).

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.

Your hairstyle was described as having “wings” or “feathers” and you kept it “pretty” with the comb you kept in your back pocket.You had to make sure that no boys would grab the comb out of your back pocket and
skate away at the roller rink!

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry,Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

You carried a lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard, was
your boyfriend.

Every now and then “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from the movie, “Annie” will
pop into your brain and you can’t stop singing it the whole day.

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!

It was a big event in your household each year when the “Wizard of Oz”
would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: “Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy,Leif Garrett or Andy Gibb?”

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record albums.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts,like yarn and Popsicle-stick God’s eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

You couldn’t wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Scholastic book club.
Double score if it was a teddy bear dressed in clothing. And the posters always had permanent creases because they came folded!

You learned everything you needed to know about “the facts of life” from Judy Blume books.

You thought Olivia Newton John’s song “Physical” was about aerobics.

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin.

How about drowning yourself in Love’s Baby Soft? The first “real” perfume you ever owned!

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.

You spent your allowance on Smurfs and stickers for your sticker album!


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  1. Yes! Finally someone writes about guitar tuner.

    | Reply Posted 2 years, 5 months ago
  2. Hi!
    I am Googling around to recall the name of the apparatus on the right of the metal swing set. 2 or 4 kids would sit across from each other and work together to get that thing going. As pictured, that benign slide is inches away. It is a horrible memory when a kid suddenly tumbled from the small slide and landed under this thing we’d had so much fun getting to really swing. it was horrible seeing him crying, trying to get up and crawl away, then SMACK on his head with each swing, over and over, and I was desperately yelling for us to stop it. I was maybe 6 at the time. We all did our best to get it to finally stop. But it was impossible to do immediately. So guess what? We weren’t little psycho monsters after all. Got his mom, and he’s still alive to this day.
    I don’t think Sears or our folks were reckless about our safety. Nice they got us those rickety swings back in the day.
    I just want to remember what that thing was called. Google is no help other than bringing up this website.
    Sounds like you might remember.

    | Reply Posted 10 months ago

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