I normally wake up on a Sunday thinking about something profound. On occasion, there might be a memory, or an idea. This morning, it was something completely different. I woke up thinking about those things that were the style icons of my youth. In most cases, their appeal has endured for me, and I can still see the attraction.
This French car was not only futuristic when it was launched, it still looks that same way now, a long time after it has stopped being made. The transport of so many different people, from Presidents to film stars; it was used as an ambulance, available as a luxury convertible, and also a mainstay of the French commuter during the 1970s. I love it!
Hard to believe in the age of smartphones and tiny portable home phones, but the Trimphone was the absolute bee’s knees at one time. When my parents replaced our old clunky house phone with one just like this, I thought we had really arrived!
Dansette Record Player
The portable record player was freedom for a teenager in the 1960s. No need to have to ask to use your parents’ large gramophone unit anymore. These could easily be carried too, so you could turn up at a friend’s house with your player, and a box of records in the other hand. Half a dozen 45s could be stacked to play in sequence, and they also played full size 33 rpm albums, and even old 78 rpm records from the wartime years. Nobody cared about the tinny sound from the built-in speaker either!
This was the ultimate in cool transport. I was too young to be able to ride one, but wanted so desperately to be able to. They featured in all the films of the day, and often had attractive stars perched on them for photo opportunities. Used as everyday transport for many Italians, their appeal stretched all over Europe, with the Mod youth movement in The UK adopting them as their own.
What were the iconic objects of your youth? What did you have, or desire to own, back in the day?