How Much Do You Remember About Vintage Culture?

The baby boomer generation was born between 1946 and 1964, just after the end of the second World War and just before rock and roll started to be played on the radio. Since the ’40s, there have been major changes in culture including the introduction of color television sets and the emergence of personal computers, then cell phones, then smart phones! Boomers remember a time before everyone had internet access and well before social media, but can you remember the cultural details of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s?

The baby boomer generation was born between 1946 and 1964, just after the end of the second World War and just before rock and roll started to be played on the radio. Since the ’40s, there have been major changes in culture including the introduction of color television sets and the emergence of personal computers, then cell phones, then smart phones! Boomers remember a time before everyone had internet access and well before social media, but can you remember the cultural details of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s?

When was the term “baby boomer” first used?

  • 1910s
  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • 1940s

The term was first used not to refer to the generation of people who were born between 1946 and 1964, but the phrase was later used to describe the generation after the 1940s, when there was a surge in births in America.

The term was first used not to refer to the generation of people who were born between 1946 and 1964, but the phrase was later used to describe the generation after the 1940s, when there was a surge in births in America.

Who answers the phone if you don’t dial any numbers?

  • An operator
  • No one
  • Your mother
  • The telephone company

An operator was a switchboard operator, whose job it was to assist phone users with their calls. They connected calls by inserting a pair of phone plugs into the appropriate jacks on a switchboard.

An operator was a switchboard operator, whose job it was to assist phone users with their calls. They connected calls by inserting a pair of phone plugs into the appropriate jacks on a switchboard.

hat song played on television after programming was done for the day?

  • “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
  • “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • “The Star-Spangled Banner”
  • “Radio Gaga”

In the old days, television stations used to sign off each night. The channels themselves would show static during the nightly hours of the day. They would then sign on again in the morning.

In the old days, television stations used to sign off each night. The channels themselves would show static during the nightly hours of the day. They would then sign on again in the morning.

This actress starred in her own television series after she won an Academy Award in 1953.

  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Donna Reed
  • Joan Crawford

Donna Reed received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Lorene Burke in the drama “From Here to Eternity.” She also appeared in movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Faithful in My Fashion” with Tom Drake.

Donna Reed received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Lorene Burke in the drama “From Here to Eternity.” She also appeared in movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Faithful in My Fashion” with Tom Drake.

Chubby Checker popularized this dance on the show “American Bandstand:”

  • The Twist
  • The Charleston
  • Conga
  • The Hop

Chubby Checker’s version of the famous song was a cover of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, who released the original version of the song in 1958.

Chubby Checker’s version of the famous song was a cover of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, who released the original version of the song in 1958.

What was the most popular style of jeans in the 1970s?

  • Boot cut
  • Low rise
  • Bell bottoms
  • Straight leg

Bell-bottom pants with flares that get wider below the knee were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The legs were originally a functional design to keep pant legs clear of boots or other shoes.

Bell-bottom pants with flares that get wider below the knee were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The legs were originally a functional design to keep pant legs clear of boots or other shoes.

What is the title of this movie?

  • The Dog Father
  • The Godfather
  • The Omen
  • The Ceremony

Paramount Studios executives asked Francis Ford Coppola to modernize his script for “The Godfather” and bring its story into 1972. He refused and kept the setting as post-WWII New York.

Paramount Studios executives asked Francis Ford Coppola to modernize his script for “The Godfather” and bring its story into 1972. He refused and kept the setting as post-WWII New York.

Who was the host of the variety TV show on which the Beatles first performed on American television?

  • Dean Martin
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Jack Parr
  • Johnny Carson

It is estimated that 73 million Americans tuned into the episode of the Ed Sullivan show where the Beatles made their U.S. television debut.

It is estimated that 73 million Americans tuned into the episode of the Ed Sullivan show where the Beatles made their U.S. television debut.

Finish the slogan: “You’ll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with _______.”

  • Crest
  • Dentadent
  • Colgate
  • Pepsodent

Pepsodent’s minty flavor is derived from natural sassafras. The brand has been around since 1915 and they continue to sell toothpaste today.

Pepsodent’s minty flavor is derived from natural sassafras. The brand has been around since 1915 and they continue to sell toothpaste today.

Which company was best known for their TV dinners?

  • Swansons
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Hot Pocket
  • Michelina’s

Swanson sold just 5,000 TV dinners when they were first released on the market in 1953. One year later, the company had sold over 10,000,000 TV dinners.

Swanson sold just 5,000 TV dinners when they were first released on the market in 1953. One year later, the company had sold over 10,000,000 TV dinners.

What is this device called?

  • Walkie-talkie
  • Transistor radio
  • Fax machine
  • Telephone

A transistor radio was an old portable radio receiver that could be used to communicate with other transistor radios. The first commercial transistor radio was released in 1954 and it started a wave of transportable music players.

A transistor radio was an old portable radio receiver that could be used to communicate with other transistor radios. The first commercial transistor radio was released in 1954 and it started a wave of transportable music players.

Who played Jeannie in “I Dream of Jeannie?”

  • Carolyn Jones
  • Yvonne De Carlo
  • Barbara Eden
  • Donna Reed

“I Dream of Jeannie” starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love with an astronaut. The show ran from 1965 to 1970 and produced 139 episodes.

“I Dream of Jeannie” starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love with an astronaut. The show ran from 1965 to 1970 and produced 139 episodes.

In 1964, what percentage of U.S. households had a color television set?

  • 3%
  • 12%
  • 50%
  • 93%

The first color broadcast occurred in 1954, but it wasn’t until 1972 that the sales of color television sets surpassed sales of black-and-white sets.

The first color broadcast occurred in 1954, but it wasn’t until 1972 that the sales of color television sets surpassed sales of black-and-white sets.

What men’s fashion item became popular thanks to The Beatles?

  • Sherwani coat
  • Nehru jacket
  • Fez hat
  • Jumpsuit

The Nehru jacket was modeled on Indian garments, such as the sherwanis worn by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964.

The Nehru jacket was modeled on Indian garments, such as the sherwanis worn by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964.

Who's this baseball legend?

  • Ted Williams
  • Willie Mays
  • Babe Ruth
  • Jackie Robinson

Mays was nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid," but stories regarding the origin of the nickname differ.

Mays was nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid," but stories regarding the origin of the nickname differ.

Name this goofy TV sitcom!

  • "My Mother the Car"
  • "The Beverly Hillbillies"
  • "Green Acres"
  • "My Favorite Martian"

With a total of nine seasons, "The Beverly Hillbilllies" was the top-rated show in America for two years.

With a total of nine seasons, "The Beverly Hillbilllies" was the top-rated show in America for two years.

Name this actress!

  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Raquel Welch
  • Sharon Tate
  • Catherine Deneuve

Bardot has been married four times, to Roger Vadim, Jacques Charrier, Gunter Sachs and current husband Bernard d'Ormale.

Bardot has been married four times, to Roger Vadim, Jacques Charrier, Gunter Sachs and current husband Bernard d'Ormale.

What's this famous puppet's name?

  • Howdy Doody
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Captain Kangaroo

Buffalo Bob Smith created Howdy Doody when he was a radio announcer. The character originally was just a voice Smith performed.

Buffalo Bob Smith created Howdy Doody when he was a radio announcer. The character originally was just a voice Smith performed.

What's this orange-flavored drink called?

  • Tang
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Hi-C
  • Sunny Delight

Although Tang is closely associated with the United States space program, astronaut Buzz Aldrin admitted in 2013 that "Tang sucks."

Although Tang is closely associated with the United States space program, astronaut Buzz Aldrin admitted in 2013 that "Tang sucks."

Name this famous cartoon show!

  • "The Flintstones"
  • "The Quick Draw McGraw Show"
  • "Secret Squirrel"
  • "Wacky Races"

Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick, Baba Looey, inspired the nickname of "Howard Stern Show" producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate.

Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick, Baba Looey, inspired the nickname of "Howard Stern Show" producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate.

Name this iconic vehicle!

  • Volkswagen Type 2
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Renault Master

Iconic as the "hippie van," the Type 2 is officially known as the Transporter, the Kombi or the Microbus.

Iconic as the "hippie van," the Type 2 is officially known as the Transporter, the Kombi or the Microbus.

The Andy Griffith Show took place in which fictional town?

  • Springfield
  • Salem
  • Mayberry
  • Sunnydale

The town of Mayberry was partly based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. The town holds an annual festival called Mayberry Days celebrating the show each year.

The town of Mayberry was partly based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. The town holds an annual festival called Mayberry Days celebrating the show each year.

Who's this legendary actress?

  • Anita Ekberg
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Anne Bancroft

Ekberg was born in Sweden but worked mostly in Italy, becoming a permanent Italian resident in 1964.

Ekberg was born in Sweden but worked mostly in Italy, becoming a permanent Italian resident in 1964.

What is this iconic hairstyle called?

  • Fade
  • Pompadour
  • Bowl cut
  • Perm

The hairstyle popularized in the 1950s by Elvis Presley and James Dean has also been called a ducktail, quiff, jelly roll, rocker, greaser, or simply “the Elvis cut.”

The hairstyle popularized in the 1950s by Elvis Presley and James Dean has also been called a ducktail, quiff, jelly roll, rocker, greaser, or simply “the Elvis cut.”

Name this long-running TV drama series!

  • "Perry Mason"
  • "Gunsmoke"
  • "Father Knows Best"
  • "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

With its 20 seasons and 635 episodes, "Gunsmoke" is still the longest-running, primetime, live-action, American TV series of all time.

With its 20 seasons and 635 episodes, "Gunsmoke" is still the longest-running, primetime, live-action, American TV series of all time.

What company made this video game console?

  • Atari
  • Nintendo
  • Playstation
  • SEGA Genesis

Atari was later replaced by Nintendo as the most popular home video game console so if you want people to know exactly how old you are then talk about the Atari you had as a kid.

Atari was later replaced by Nintendo as the most popular home video game console so if you want people to know exactly how old you are then talk about the Atari you had as a kid.

Name this iconic Las Vegas performer!

  • Tom Jones
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Liberace
  • Elton John

One of the great entertainers of all time, Tom Jones is still touring and delighting audiences all over the world at age 80.

One of the great entertainers of all time, Tom Jones is still touring and delighting audiences all over the world at age 80.

Which classic TV sitcom is this?

  • "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
  • "The Honeymooners"
  • "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
  • "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show"

"The Honeymooners" originally was a recurring comedy sketch on the variety series "Cavalcade of Stars" and "The Jackie Gleason Show."

"The Honeymooners" originally was a recurring comedy sketch on the variety series "Cavalcade of Stars" and "The Jackie Gleason Show."

Which actor portrayed James Bond in the ‘60s film “Dr. No?”

  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Daniel Craig
  • Roger Moore
  • Sean Connery

Sean Connery played James Bond in seven Bond films including “From Russia with Love,” “Goldfinger,” and “You Only Live Twice.” The creator of the character originally thought that Connery wouldn’t suit the role, but changed his mind when he saw him on screen.

Sean Connery played James Bond in seven Bond films including “From Russia with Love,” “Goldfinger,” and “You Only Live Twice.” The creator of the character originally thought that Connery wouldn’t suit the role, but changed his mind when he saw him on screen.

Name this classic toy!

  • Punch Drunks
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Jack-in-the-Box
  • Petal People

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are still sold today but they're a bit smaller than the original toys were.

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are still sold today but they're a bit smaller than the original toys were.

Who is this actress?

  • Vivien Leigh
  • Julie Andrews
  • Joan Crawford
  • Audrey Hepburn

Julie Andrews was always director Robert Wise’s first choice to play Maria Von Trapp. Upon viewing “Mary Poppins,” he told screenwriter Ernest Lehman, "Let's go sign this girl before somebody else sees this film and grabs her!"

Julie Andrews was always director Robert Wise’s first choice to play Maria Von Trapp. Upon viewing “Mary Poppins,” he told screenwriter Ernest Lehman, "Let's go sign this girl before somebody else sees this film and grabs her!"

What creative toy is this?

  • Etch A Sketch
  • Lite-Brite
  • Operation
  • LEGOs

Lite-Brite: the toy that most exemplifies '80s culture with its glowing neon art.

Lite-Brite: the toy that most exemplifies '80s culture with its glowing neon art.

Who is this musician?

  • Johnny Cash
  • Jack White
  • Hank Williams
  • Willie Nelson

When Johnny Cash was young, his mother paid for him to have singing lessons, but his teacher advised him to not take formal lessons because it would change his unique singing tone.

When Johnny Cash was young, his mother paid for him to have singing lessons, but his teacher advised him to not take formal lessons because it would change his unique singing tone.

What is this classic movie?

  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “West Side Story”
  • “Hello, Dolly!”
  • “Gone with the Wind”

“Gone with the Wind” broke attendance records upon its release and it was the most profitable film ever made up to that point, making MGM Studios $32 million on its first release.

“Gone with the Wind” broke attendance records upon its release and it was the most profitable film ever made up to that point, making MGM Studios $32 million on its first release.

Who was this iconic figure?

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Princess Diana
  • Rita Heyworth

Before Diana married Prince Charles, she had only met with him about a dozen times in person. They were first introduced by Diana’s sister, Sarah.

Before Diana married Prince Charles, she had only met with him about a dozen times in person. They were first introduced by Diana’s sister, Sarah.

What was this food called?

  • 7-Up stew
  • Jello salad
  • Kool-Aid dip
  • Galactic slime

Jello salad was popularized in the ‘60s, but a similar recipe was written by Mrs. John E. Cook in 1904 under the name “perfection salad.”

Jello salad was popularized in the ‘60s, but a similar recipe was written by Mrs. John E. Cook in 1904 under the name “perfection salad.”

What was this piece of technology called?

  • Dial-up modem
  • Switchboard
  • Router
  • Alarm clock

Only people who were around in the 1990s remember when you couldn’t use the internet if someone else was using the phone.

Only people who were around in the 1990s remember when you couldn’t use the internet if someone else was using the phone.

What was this called?

  • Toaster
  • Personal pizza holder
  • FM radio
  • Record player

The sales of record players and vinyl records have been increasing in the last 10 years, with 18.8 million LPs being sold in the United States in 2018.

The sales of record players and vinyl records have been increasing in the last 10 years, with 18.8 million LPs being sold in the United States in 2018.

What was this candy called?

  • Spicy Beads
  • Hot Heads
  • Hot Tamales
  • Gum drops

Hot Tamales are spicy cinnamon flavored candies that were originally introduced in 1950. A spearmint version called Hot Tamales Ice was sold in the late 2000s.

Hot Tamales are spicy cinnamon flavored candies that were originally introduced in 1950. A spearmint version called Hot Tamales Ice was sold in the late 2000s.

What was this cartoon called?

  • “The Flintstones”
  • “Looney Tunes”
  • “Tom and Jerry”
  • “The Jetsons”

Elizabeth Taylor made her final film appearance in the 1994 live-action film adaptation of “The Flintstones,” which also starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone and Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble.

Elizabeth Taylor made her final film appearance in the 1994 live-action film adaptation of “The Flintstones,” which also starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone and Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble.

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