Monday, May 9, 2011

Retro making a comeback

Retro making a comeback
Retro making a comeback. The revamped Commodore 64 begins shipping soon. We look back at that retro wonder and other products, from toys and clothes to cars, that are so old, they're new again.

Commodore 64
The beige 8-bit computer that plugged into your TV became the best-selling PC after its 1982 debut. Now it's back with a new name, to the joy of retro-loving geeks everywhere.
Bell-bottoms
Only sailors wore the extra-wide-legged trousers, until hippies discovered them in the 1970s. Now they're popping up on runways again.
Absinthe
The anise-flavored spirit first became popular with 20th-century French artists and made a comeback in the United States after a ban was lifted in 2007.
Acid-wash jeans
Big-haired girls pulled on their acid-wash jeans in the '80s. Today, they're popular with the female celebrity crowd. Learn how to make your own.
Pepsi Throwback
The soda was invented in 1898, and the company switched to using high-fructose corn syrup in the '80s. Now soft-drink fans want real sugar again.
Retro Doritos
The original taco-flavored Doritos were introduced in 1967, and the company brought back a slightly different version last year. Are they sticking around?
Easy-Bake Oven
Little girls have been asking for the toy oven since the 1960s. In spite of a recall, an updated version is still popular today.
Volkswagen Beetle
The classic German car first came to America in 1949. It got a makeover in 1998, and now fans are getting their first glimpse of the 2012 model.
Polaroid camera
The instant-film camera exceeded $1 billion in sales, but the company eventually filed for bankruptcy. In 2008, a group of die-hard fans bought the last Polaroid factory and continue producing film for the iconic cameras
Vinyl records
The 12-inch 33 1/3 rpm records as we know them became popular in the 1950s. Today, rock music fans' love of vinyl is keeping record stores in business.
High-top sneakers
Chuck Taylor's All-Stars started the trend in 1917, and 1980s NBA players kept it alive. Now, some of the biggest names in fashion are jumping on the bandwagon.
Pinball machines
The modern pinball machine remained popular until the 1980s. Now, after a single company produced machines for years, a new name is joining the game.

Source: msn