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Retrospectacle: Rubik's Cube

It’s a toy that is at the same time simple and complex. The six-sided, twisting puzzle known as the Rubik’s Cube was designed to stump and frustrate. The cube was born out of a geometry lesson by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian professor of architecture. It became a hit in the early '80s and remains permanently entrenched in pop culture today.

Retrospectacle: The Zoot Suit

1930s menswear made for the dance floor; exaggeratedly large and loose jacket and pants matched ... more

Retrospectacle: Surfing

Surfing moved from subculture to popular culture in the 1950s. Gone were boards made from redwood, ... more

Retrospectacle: Lava Lamps

The vibrant color and mesmerizing motion of the lava lamp is a trademark of the 1960s. But this ... more
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