Rickie Tickie Stickies, despite their long association with hippies and flower power, were actually a creation of ad man Don Kracke in 1967. These reusable plastic flower decals adorned many a Volkswagen, hippie bus, and girls’ bedrooms. By 1968, some 90 million had been sold. Literally, hundreds of cars had the bright-colored daisy stickers plastered all over them.
Even if you are a Millennial, you’ve probably heard about the hippie movement from your parents or grandparents. It grew out of the “Baby Boomer “ or “Pepsi Generation,” and was one of the biggest and most influential cultural movements of the 20th century. Established in the mid-60s, the hippie generation promoted peace, love, and unity. It was passionately against the Vietnam War, consumerism, and materialism. The movement was preceded by the Beatniks, the intellectual genesis of the mid-1950s to early 1960s counter-culture. Christopher Kiely wrote, “Hippies were the romanticized mass media-fueled movement of the late 1960s. Larger in size but stripped of much of its intellectual counter-culture firepower.
Even so, the hippie culture was well represented in music, movies, and arts, and had its own style of living, fashion, and slang. Ironically, the American urge to turn everything into a commercial success was already at work on the symbolism of the “non-commercial” counter-culture movement. Brightly colored abstracted daisies that symbolized the hippies or “flower children” had become a worldwide craze…and fifty years later, they have never really entirely gone out of style. Take a look at the Internet, and you can find daisy stickers or genuine “Rickie Tickie Stickies.”
Janet and Will have a brand new YouTube channel, Chatting with Authors where they do casual thirty minute Zoom interviews with a variety of authors. Below is their recent video with author Linda O. Johnston.
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