1962 Nostalgia
(This page in response to a
suggestion by Chuck Burke)

This was the classic era that was later to be celebrated by "Happy Days" and "American Graffiti". The girls still wore skirts and the guys dressed preppy. Vietnam was still called Indochina and Castro was seen as the major threat. Doing drugs was the thing that inner-city kids did; middle-class kids drank 3.2 beer. Rock was still in the hands of Elvis, Neil Sedaka and the groups with the Philadelphia sound.

The USSR installed ballistic missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida and John Kennedy was forced to counter that move by threatening war unless they were removed. For a short time the world seemed to be on the brink of nuclear war and both US and Soviet forces were put on alert. Khrushchev agreed to remove the Soviet missiles, but he backed Kennedy into the corner of having to withdraw US missiles from Turkey.

In a famous speech responding to the Sputnik embarrassment, the President set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade, Later, he more ruefully directed that the US become deeply entangled in the geo-politics of Southeast Asia by training South Vietnamese pilots and providing military advisors.

Folk music had been very popular with the collegiate crowd featuring groups like The Kingston Trio, The Limelighters and Peter, Paul and Mary, but it was now morphing into contemporary protest music thanks to young artists like Bob Dylan. In a much less political genre, the birth of surfing music, exemplified by the Beach Boys, quickly garnered and still retains many loyal fans. Protest is one thing, but living the good life on a beach is altogether alluring, especially when that vision is coupled with complex harmonies and enduring rhythms. All the while Chubby Checker and the Twist were converting many new fans to that short-lived popular music fad.

The new hit on TV that year was "The Beverly Hillbillies" and westerns were still very big on the small screen. The first of the James Bond movies, "Dr No", was an instant success, as had been Ian Fleming's popular novels. Some of the other movies to make a mark in '62 included "Lawrence of Arabia" "The Music Man " and "To Kill a Mockingbird ".

By 1962, the foreign sports cars, the Volkswagens, and the other imported cars had made inroads into the American scene. Many of the compacts were selling well in the US. The transistor was revolutionizing electronics and the Japanese were becoming ascendant in radios. Many records were pressed in one-song-per-side "45 rpm" disks and humor albums on "33 rpm" disks were commonly played at parties. Color TV was just beginning to get going and every drug store had a "tube tester" for home repairs of TVs and stereos.

Cost of Living 1962

How much things cost in 1962?

Yearly inflation rate USA: 1.20%
Year-End-Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 652
Average cost of new house: $12,500.00
Average Income per year: $5,556.00
Average monthly rent $110.00 per month
Tuition at Harvard University: $1,520.00
Tuition at University of Colorado: $340 (in-state)

4WD International Harvester Scout: $2,150.00
Renault, a French economy car: $1,395.00
Average cost of a new car: $3,125.00
Eggs per dozen: 32 cents
Gas per gallon: 28 cents
Factory workers average take home pay: $94.87/Wk.
Federal Debt totaled: $302 B

Sports Trivia

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions: Dallas Texans
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Rod Laver/Margaret Smith
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Rod Laver/Karen Susman
NCAA Football Champions: USC (Fight on for ol' SC !)
NCAA Basketball Champs: Cincinnati
Kentucky Derby: Decidedly


News Events of 1962

Popular Culture


Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies


Lawrence of Arabia


Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness


The Longest Day

20th Century Fox

John Wayne, Henry Fonda & host of others


In Search of the Castaways

Disney Productions

Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Warner Bros.

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford


The Music Man

Warner Bros.

Robert Preston and Shirley Jones


Dr. No

United Artists

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress


That Touch of Mink


Cary Grant and Doris Day


Mutiny on the Bounty


Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard


To Kill a Mockingbird


Gregory Peck



Warner Bros.

Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


John Wayne and James Stewart

Top 10 TV Shows





Wagon Train









Perry Mason



The Red Skelton Show



The Andy Griffith Show



The Danny Thomas Show



Dr. Kildare



Candid Camera


Popular Singers


Born This Year

Tom Cruise
Al Unser, Jr.
Garth Brooks
Matthew Broderick

Joan Cusack
Roger Clemens

Mario Andretti
Demi Moore
Jodie Foster

Technology 1962


Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies

Brazil President João Goulart

Canada Prime Minister John Diefenbaker

China Chairman of the People's Republic Liu Shaoqi

France President Charles de Gaulle

Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

India Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru

Italy Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani

Japan Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda

Mexico President Adolfo López Mateos

Russia / Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev

South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd

United States President John F. Kennedy

United Kingdom Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

Some Catalog Items

Danish Style Entertainment System Early 1960s

Early 60's Danish Style Entertainment System inc TV, Radio and Record Player

Includes : Big Screen 23 inch Television
VHF and UHF Channels - Stereo Hi-Fi
2 x 10 inch and 2 x 4 inch speakers
Cabinet is Danish Style Walnut
Measures 58 X 30 x 19 inches
Weight 169 Lbs

Ladies' Fashion Co-ordinates
Ladies Fashion Co-ordinates from the early  60s
( A. ) Imported Belgium Paisley Tapestry Fabric Woven Button Front Jacket - $8.49
Matching Grip Handled Pouch Bag - $5.99
Matching French Purse - $3.50
( B. ) Imported Belgium Cut Velvet Fabric Woven Open Front Jacket - $15.99
Matching Pouch Bag - $8.99
Men's Briar Pipes
Mens Briar Pipes
Many more men smoked pipes in the sixties and Briar Pipes were extremely popular, Yorkshire Briar Pipe set made from the finest Algerian Briar, pocket tool and gift box included
Early 1960s Phonograph
Listen to the latest twistin' tunes or a symphony with this high quality automatic phonograph, comes with 4 inch speaker case in brown and white leatherette.
Electric Popcorn Maker
sixties electric popcorn maker
Fully automatic electric popcorn maker, see through lid, lightweight aluminum with black plastic trim, includes 6 serving bowls
Radio Alarm Clock
1962 Radio Alarm clock with snooze button
Radio Alarm clock with snooze alarm button, wake up to Music in the morning with this latest design in clock radios
Roller Rink Skates
Roller Rink Skates mens and womens
Roller Rink Skates, men's women's, boys and girls, top grain cowhide uppers, high quality plastic wheels, smooth bearing action. .
Springfield Rifles
Springfield Rifles
The popular .30-06's offer big game beauties. Military Model for
speed power and accuracy
Shorter more compact a perfect sports gun
Bold and Bright Zip Front Sweaters
Teen Bold and Bright Zip Front Sweaters
Teen Boys Bold and Bright Zip Front Sweaters made from the finest Orlon acrylic
New Transistorized Tape Recorder
New Transistorized Tape Recorder
New battery powered Transistorized Tape Recorder allows you to record anywhere, use for conferences, lectures or sales talks, record up to 2 hrs and 3 inch tapes.
454 Power Refractor Telescope
454 Power Refractor Telescope
The United States and the Soviet Union were spending more time and effort to explore space, by 1969 when America landed a man on the moon most families not only watched it on the TV, many had telescopes that offered them better insight into space exploration.
Early 1960s Wall clock
Wall Clock Contemporary design from the early 60s
Striking design diamond electric wall clock

Top 100 Tunes
(as per one analysis)

1 Green Onions Booker T. & the MG's
2 Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke
3 You've Really Got A Hold On Me Miracles
4 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
5 Sherry Four Seasons
6 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles
7 Up On The Roof Drifters
8 Twist And Shout Isley Brothers
9 These Arms Of Mine Otis Redding
10 Do You Love Me Contours
11 Wipe Out Surfaris
12 Twisting The Night Away Sam Cooke
13 He's A Rebel Crystals
14 Surfin' Safari Beach Boys
15 Love Me Do Beatles
16 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
17 You Belong To Me Duprees
18 Any Day Now Chuck Jackson
19 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
20 Having A Party Sam Cooke
21 Sheila Tommy Roe
22 Soldier Boy Shirelles
23 Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
24 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka
25 Our Day Will Come Ruby & the Romantics
26 You'll Lose A Good Thing Barbara Lynn
27 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
28 Tell Him Exciters
29 Let's Dance Chris Montez
30 Lovers Who Wander Dion
31 Chains Cookies
32 Cry To Me Solomon Burke
33 Night Train James Brown
34 Two Lovers Mary Wells
35 Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett
36 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow Rivingtons
37 Soul Twist King Curtis & the Noble Knights
38 Ruby Baby Dion
39 I Need Your Loving Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
40 I Found A Love Falcons
41 Uptown Crystals
42 Don't Make Me Over Dionne Warwick
43 409 Beach Boys
44 Lover Please Clyde McPhatter
45 What's A Matter Baby Timi Yuro
46 You Don't Know Me Ray Charles
47 You Beat Me To The Punch Mary Wells
48 Pipeline Chantays
49 Playboy Marvelettes
50 Boom Boom John Lee Hooker
51 Little Town Flirt Del Shannon
52 Love Came To Me Dion
53 Remember Then Earls
54 Beechwood 4-5789 Marvelettes
55 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
56 You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover Bo Diddley
57 Party Lights Claudine Clark
58 He's Sure The Boy I Love Crystals
59 Hitch Hike Marvin Gaye
60 Dream Baby Roy Orbison
61 Rhythm Of The Rain Cascades
62 Don't Play That Song Ben E. King
63 Telstar Tornadoes
64 Slow Twistin' Chubby Checker (with Dee Dee Sharp)
65 P.S. I Love You Beatles
66 Something's Got A Hold On Me Etta James
67 Stormy Monday Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland
68 Make It Easy On Yourself Jerry Butler
69 Stubborn Kind Of Fellow Marvin Gaye
70 Rainbow Gene Chandler
71 Shout Joey Dee & the Starliters
72 Don't Hang Up Orlons
73 Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
74 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
75 Let's Go (Pony) Routers
76 Mama Didn't Lie Jan Bradley
77 Release Me Esther Phillips
78 Nut Rocker B. Bumble & the Stingers
79 (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance Gene Pitney
80 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) Ernie Maresca
81 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
82 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
83 Call On Me Bobby "Blue" Bland
84 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby Little Eva
85 Lookin' For A Love Valentinos
86 The Wah Watusi Orlons
87 Wiggle Wobble Les Cooper
88 She Cried Jay & the Americans
89 Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
90 Only Love Can Break A Heart Gene Pitney
91 I Love You Volumes
92 Little Diane Dion
93 My Own True Love Duprees
94 I Wish That We Were Married Ronnie & the Hi-Lites
95 Our Anniversary Shep & the Limelites
96 Dancin' Party Chubby Checker
97 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman Blue-Belles
98 Rinky Dink Dave "Baby" Cortez
99 Village Of Love Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights
100 Anna (Go To Him) Arthur Alexander

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