The electronic calculator didn't come along until 1967, and even then they were primarily used by businesses. That means that children of the 1960s had to do math the old fashioned way — with pencils. Hence the need for all those pink erasers. And pencil cases. Dig through the backpacks of history and check out these iconic school supplies from the 1960s. Miss these items? You can still find many of them.
Big Chief writing tablets
These notebooks date back to the early 20th century, but this is the design common in the '60s. Want to scribble your thoughts nostalgically? You can still buy them
Likewise, Mead still sells
these classic folders, but we prefer the vintage look with the throwback football uniforms and a much more heated relay race.
Pink Pearl erasers
There was no Command–X on a keyboard. This was our delete button. Today, these are manufactured by Paper Mate
Our glue was organic long before Whole Foods came along.
Dick and Jane books
See Dick and Jane wear sunglasses. Those are hip sunglasses. Yep, these are still in print thanks to Penguin
Milton Bradley Phonetic Word Wheels
Pretty nifty how you can break down so much of the English language into a slide wheel.
Fisher Price barn lunch boxes
Before the explosion of television show lunch boxes, there was barns or brown bags.
Fitchhorn song flutes
Everyone could play a recorder.
Playtime Water Colors
Not dry, not moist. Semi-moist.
Plastic roll-top pencil cases
These pencil cases felt like the future. They were like sleeping chambers for astronauts. At least that's what we imagined with our action figures.
What else did you keep in your desk? Which school supply do you miss most?