40 Luxuries From The 1970s

It seems life gets more luxurious the older you get.

An online question on the ‘fatFIRE’ Facebook Page, prompted a lot of discussion of things that were viewed as luxuries when we were growing up in the 1970s/early-1980s. 

These were the things that made you say ‘cool!’ if you saw them at someone’s house when you were a kid. I certainly thought a car with electric windows, a backyard pool, or a home computer were amazing. Only someone whose parents were loaded had those luxuries!

Many of them are still pretty wonderful, but many seem pretty ordinary now … 

  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids With Their Own Bedrooms
  • Car With Electric Windows
  • Fridge w/Ice Maker
  • Airplane Tickets to Anywhere
  • Family Ski Trip
  • Grey Poupon Mustard
  • Wall-To-Wall Carpet
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Birthday Party at McDonald’s
  • Air Jordan Nike Shoes
  • Extra TV In Bedroom
  • Pinball Machine
  • Backyard Trampoline
  • Real Cheerios instead of ‘Tasty Os’
  • European Vacation
  • Redwood Hot Tub
  • Laundry Chute to Basement
  • Electric Garage Door
  • Multicomponent Stereo ‘Stack’
  • HBO Subscription
  • Apple II Computer
  • Eat Steak At Ponderosa
  • ‘Princess’ Phone in Bedroom
  • Plexiglass Basketball Backboard
  • Going to Walt Disney World
  • TV with Remote Control
  • Hot Lunch vs Brown Bag at School
  • Designer Jeans/Calvin Klein
  • LEGO Space Sets
  • Mercedes-Benz / BMW / Saab
  • Leather Sectional Seating
  • General Foods Int’l Coffees
  • Trapper Keeper Notebook
  • VHS/Beta Machine
  • In-Ground Sprinkler System
  • Trash Compactor
  • Eating Shrimp/Lobster
  • Tickets To Pro Sports
  • Fashions from Spiegel Catalog
  • House with Spiral Staircase

What did you grow up thinking was luxury that has become ordinary now? What would you add to the list?

2 thoughts on “40 Luxuries From The 1970s

  1. Some good memories in that list, it also reminds me I lived a very privileged childhood. I was even lucky enough to have a birthday party in a McDonald’s train caboose.

    I would add second phone line to the list.

    My kids can’t believe we had phones with cords and they were affixed to the wall.

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    1. And we used to use the corded phone to call to get the time & temperature! I can’t walk 5 feet without seeing the time or temp now.


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