Everyday Marvels: The 20th Century Inventions We Can't Imagine Life Without

By Sarah Norman | February 27, 2024

Supermodels were one of the greatest inventions of the 1960s

Today we're surrounded by technology that would have sent our brains buzzing in the middle of the 20th century. Whether you were born in the post-war boom or on the edge of the new millennium everyone has become so used to modern technology that we've lost the wonder that makes it so special.

A lot of the amazing concepts that we're surrounded with today, from smartphones to blockbuster franchises, come from the 1960s and '70s. At the time, each new thing that found its way to consumers felt like a breath of fresh air. It's a shame that they're taken for granted today. Let's look back at some of the most mind-blowing inventions of the groovy era and see how they're still making waves today.

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Today there are models literally everywhere - on magazine covers, on Instagram, and on reality TV. There's such a glut of over-the-top and glammed-out models that they almost blend in with everyone else. That wasn't the case in the '60s and '70s when models like Twiggy and Janice Dickinson hit the scene.

Twiggy and Dickinson were plastered all over magazines and bus stops, but that's as close as the populous at large would ever get to them. These women seemed like they were from another world, not from a suburb of California. These models were absolutely mind-blowing in the 1960s, but today they're just totally normal.

Farrah Fawcett goes street style on a groovy skateboard

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When young people began skateboarding after the Second World War it was seen as a kind of recreation for young children in Southern California. Initially created in the early 20th century, the '60s were the first decade where companies manufactured parts for actual skateboards that held up under scrutiny. This was a huge deal to young skaters everywhere.

Today, skateboarding is a multi-billion dollar industry and the sport's biggest stars are household names. We don't even think it's all that strange that one of the most exciting sports in the modern era got its start as a children's toy. With time everything becomes normal.