It’s 1965 in America, a time of incalculably seismic political and cultural shifts. Lyndon Johnson is president. The first US combat troops arrive in South Vietnam. Civil rights advocates march in Alabama. War protesters burn their draft cards and hold teach-ins. Medicare and Medicaid are established. The Beatles play Shea Stadium. Bob Dylan goes electric.
It’s also a time when technology is changing. The way we consume media is changing, as televisions, cameras and other ways to share ideas and news become more affordable and hence more common. If the December 3 issue of Life magazine is any indication of what was on people’s minds at the time, technology, travel and convenience defined the picks that made their way onto people’s Christmas wish lists.