Summers of the 1970s

Children of the 70s, influenced by serial killers, religious cults, open sexuality, drugs, rock and roll, and changing social roles; we were defined by long hair, shirtless boys, barefoot girls, concerts, skating, and summers of excessive fun. 

While we're in the cold season, I figured I'd share some of the taste of the 1970s summers for nostalgia to add to this month of vintage para sentimental memories. Hopefully, it will remind us of why we were so very individual compared to past generations. We could be rockers, stoners, artists, philosophers, disco queens, and anything in between! 


Let's not forget after school specials! Here's one for skaters -

Here's some pics that say it all -

Remember the groovy crafts? How about macrame and God's eyes? 

God's eye (instructions)

Macrame plant hanger (instructions)

String figure


Scents of 70s Summer  




Little Darlings
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 
Friday the 13th
American Graffiti
Summer of 42
The Graduate
The Hills Have Eyes
I Spit On Your Grave
Freaky Friday
Billy Jack
A Day at the Beach


"Margaritaville" Jimmy Buffett"
"Schools Out" Alice Cooper
"Grease" Frankie Valli 
"Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" Three Dog Night
"Don't Go Breakin My Heart" Kiki Dee and Elton John
"I Feel the Earth Move" Carole King
"Afternoon Delight" Starland Vocal Band
"Band on the Run" Paul McCartney and the Wings
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
"Sundown" Gordon Lightfoot
"Rock the Boat" Hues Corporation
"Rock Your Baby" George McCray
"Silly Love Songs" Wings
"Things You Do For Love" 10cc
"Annie's Song" John Denver
"The Night Chicago Died" Paper Lace
"Sister Golden Hair" America
"You Should Be Dancing" Bee Gees
"Listen to What the Man Said" Wings
"One of These Nights" Eagles
"Peaceful Easy Feeling" Eagles
"Jive Talkin'" Bee Gees
"Falling in Love" Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
"Get Down Tonight" KC and the Sunshine Band 
"Walk This Way" Aerosmith
"Dancing Queen" Abba
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" Rod Stewart
"Baby I Love Your Way" Peter Frampton
"Summer in the City" The Lovin' Spoonful
"Takin' It To the Streets" Doobie Brothers
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Credence Clearwater Revival
"Crazy On You" Heart
Fleetwood Mac
"When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman" Dr. Hook 
"Wild Horses" Rolling Stones 
"Horse With No Name" America

Ice cream truck favorites - 

(bubble gum surprise bar)

Eskimo pies, ice cream sandwich, nutty buddy/drumstick, Flavor-ice (squeezable), Fudgesicle, Crunch Bars, Creamsicle, Klondike, Heath Bar, chocolate eclair (my fav), Wonder cups, strawberry shortcake, snow cone, red-white-and-blue bomb pops (my fav).

Bet you had at least one of these posters - 

Miss the dorky 70s fashion? Well, some are still around - 

Remember:  Cutoff shorts? Ponchos? Gauchos? Prarie dresses? Soccer Shirts? Carpenter pants? Double-zippered jeans? Disco rayon shirts and dresses? Gloria Vanderbilt jeans? Angels Flight pants? Corduroy? Members Only jackets? Studded jeans and jean jackets? Jogging suits? Tennis outfits? high-top sneakers? Earth shoes? Afros? Hair picks? Polyester? Tassles? Indian jewelry? Mood rings? Farrah hair? 

Mood rings (HERE)

Maxi dresses are in again - (HERE)

Candies brand is still around (HERE)

Jumpsuits are in again (HERE)

Crochet is in again (HERE)

You want to find more - go to ModCloth

70s Summer Foods



Otter Pops

Hickory Farms

Bet you had one of these chip and dip trays


Recapture your youth - go to a roller rink, hit the public pool or beach with a cooler, listen to the music, slather on Coppertone, wear cutoffs, and watch the summer-themed 70s movies. 



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