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1960s Coloring Pages and Pictures and Information About The 1960s

Updated on July 21, 2014

History of the 1960s

Learn 1960s culture and history through coloring pages, photos, music of the era along with videos. The 1960s saw the first moonwalk, established the hippie culture and was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King.

John F. Kennedy was voted President of the United States and the Beatles revolutionized American music.

Travel back to a time when people were groovy and tie die shirts were the rage. All you need are some coloring supplies.

Astronaut on the moon image by NASA and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Ed g2s.

1960s Peace Sign

The peace sign was the image for the 60s decade. Although it originated in Great Britain in 1958 for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the symbol migrated to the United States in the 1960s and became the symbol of the Peace Movement.

It was particularly popular with hippies and anti-war supporters. The circular image could be found on clothing, buttons and jewelry, while the hand version was used as a greeting.

Peace sign image courtesy of WPClipart.

Peace Coloring Pages

Peace sign image courtesy of WPClipart.

Peace image courtesy of WPClipart.

Presidents of the 1960s

Dwight D. Eisenhower's reign as President was coming to an end at the beginning on the 1960s. One of the all time most popular Presidents was John F. Kennedy who became President in 1961, only to have his term cut short when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

As Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson stepped into the role of President until 1969 when Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States.

President John F. Kennedy image by Cecil Stoughton with the current image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Rafael Wiki.

1960s Slang

In the 1960s, bread was the slang word for money.

Money Coloring Page

Money coloring page is courtesy of WPClipart.

Popular TV Shows in the 1960s

The 1960s was the cause of many classic TV shows. Back then, channels were limited. There was no cable or satellite TV.

The Ed Sullivan Show was a popular variety series, while I've Got a Secret was a much viewed game show. Westerns like Bonanza captured audiences attention and Peyton Place gave viewers a soap opera fix.

Science fiction fans became hooked on Star Trek and many comedies made their way into viewers homes including The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart and Gilligan's Island.

Kids and adults alike waited in suspense each week for what would happen next on Batman and Lassie was a family favorite.

Lassie image by CBS Television and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Crakkerjakk.

Collie Coloring Page

Isn't this a beautiful dog?

Collie image courtesy of WPClipart.

Batman Theme Song

Check out the theme song from the old television series.

This is from the original TV series.

Batman Season 1 Episodes

How Many Herrings in a Wheelbarrow / Bird Out of Hand
How Many Herrings in a Wheelbarrow / Bird Out of Hand

Watch the pilot or any of your favorite episodes from season 1 of Batman immediately. Only $1.99 per episode. These are really fun for kids as there is nothing inappropriate for younger viewers.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech of his lifetime when he recited "I Have a Dream." In his speech, King expressed how even though documents like The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were meant for all Americans, not all Americans were treated equally.

He spoke of a dream that one day, all with share equality and that children, both black and white, will be able to walk together hand in hand. Below is the first part of his speech which, along with other important work he did for the American Civil Rights Movement, led him to be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. image by Dick DeMarsico and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Para.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream Speech" Part 1

Here is the first part of his famous speech.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is a powerful collection of the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which also includes interviews. Amazon buyers have given it 5 stars. It's a great way to learn more about this influential American and also would work well as part of a lesson plan for Black History Month.

 

Vietnam War Opposition

The Vietnam War was quite a controversial war as many Americans didn't approve of the U. S. involvement. While in these times enlisting in one of the branches of the military is a choice, back then, there was something known as the draft whereas young men were forcibly chosen to enlist through lotteries.

Many young men opposed this concept and protests were held where draft tickets were burned. Other times protesters held sit-ins in which people peacefully sat down in protest of the war. To escape the draft, many fled to Canada.

Author unknown. However, this Vietnam photograph is an image from the U. S. Military and has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by High Contrast.

The audio cassette was invented in the 1960s.

Cassette Tape Coloring Page

Before CDs existed, this was a way of recording and listening to music.

Cassette tape image courtesy of WPClipart.

1960s The Beatles

The Beatles took American by storm when they first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. A record breaking 73 million people tuned in.

What was culturally known as the British Invasion was upon the United States. The Beatles mop top hair styles caught on and boys everywhere began to grow their hair out, while The Beatles became one of the greatest bands the world has ever known.

Beatles image by EMI and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Magnus Manske.

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Here is the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan show with Sullivan introducing them.

The Beatles T-shirt

The Beatles - Group Photo T-Shirt (XL)
The Beatles - Group Photo T-Shirt (XL)

Show your Beatles spirit with this cool group photo T-shirt!

 

Beatles T-shirts

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The game Operation was invented in the 1960s and is still a hit today.

Operation Coloring Page

Operation image courtesy of WPClipart.

1960s Fashion Trends

Bell bottom pants, tie dye shirts and fringe vests were very popular in the 1960s, along with love beads and headbands to complete the hippie look.

The length of dresses varied for women with anything from a short mini-skirt to a long maxi-skirt. The Nehru jacket became popular for awhile and go go boots were the perfect footwear for the mini-skirts.

On the upscale end, Jackie Kennedy was a fashion icon whom many women looked up to. Hat and purses were very popular at the time.

Fashion image by Simon Lyall and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

1960s Boxing

In 1964, Muhammad Ali, (formerly known as Cassius Clay,) made boxing history by becoming the youngest world's heavyweight champion.

The match took place in Miami, Florida where Sonny Liston decided he could no longer continue the fight, giving Ali the win. Ali went on to be nicknamed "The Greatest."

Muhammad Ali image by Ira Rosenberg and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Davepape.

Boxing Coloring Page

Boxing image courtesy of WPClipart.

Popular Movies in the 1960s

The 1960s produced many memorable movies including the horror classic "Psycho." Forever popular will be films like "Midnight Cowboy," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and "Easy Rider."

Musicals were popular during this decade with some of the best known being "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," and "West Side Story."

Walt Disney combined real people and animation in his beloved "Mary Poppins" which is still entertaining families today.

This Mary Poppins image is a trailer screenshot from "Mary Poppins" and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Aylaross.

Mary Poppins Original Trailer

Take a look at this Disney classic.

Mary Poppins DVD

Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)

Enjoy this classic family favorite with such wonderful songs as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and A Spoonful of Sugar. This two disc set is loaded with extra features.

 

The Sound of Music DVD

The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Edition)
The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Edition)

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, "The Sound of Music" shows the brilliance of Julie Andrews in her role as Maria. Filled with wonderful music, this is perfect for any family.

 

Easy Rider DVD

Easy Rider (Special Edition)
Easy Rider (Special Edition)

Get a real feel of the 1960s with the classic "Easy Rider." How can you go wrong with stars like Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hooper?

 

Psycho DVD

Psycho (Collector's Edition)
Psycho (Collector's Edition)

The name Alfred Hitchcock is synonymous with horror movies and this is one of the greatest classics of all times. It still creeps me out each time I watch it.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird DVD

To Kill a Mockingbird (50th Anniversary Edition)
To Kill a Mockingbird (50th Anniversary Edition)

What a performance Academy Award winning actor Gregory Peck gives in this dramatic film.

 

1969 Moon Landing

The United States had been in a space race with Russia for years. President John F. Kennedy was determined to land a man on the moon.

On July 20, 1969, that vision was realized when Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. The third astronaut on the mission, Michael Collins, remained in orbit.

Upon stepping foot on the moon for the first time, Armstrong spoke the now famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Astronaut image by NASA and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Mahahahaneapneap.

1960s Books

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What is your favorite thing about the 1960s?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: It was quite a rebellious time.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      My favorite thing about the 60's had to be the fresh spirit of reform, of questioning everything through the eyes of an awakening youth culture.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @tahirmahmood: Glad you enjoyed it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @rattie lm: I'll never tell!

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago

      a good lens

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago

      a good lens

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Brought back so many memories. Let you into a secret. My brother is John Lennon - an alive and well one.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @electrolion: I'm glad to know this. It's always nice to have good memories.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @electrolion: I'm glad to know this. It's always nice to have good memories.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @electrolion: I'm glad to know this. It's always nice to have good memories.

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      I was a young'un in the '60s. This lens brought back great memories.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      This is pure nostalgia for me,

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @i Dia1: I think a lot of people would agree with you.

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      i Dia1 4 years ago

      This takes me back. I would have to say that the Beatles were my favorite thing of the '60s.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you very much!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved the 60's and I love your lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: I agree. The 60's rocked.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Otto Phillips: Glad you enjoyed your visit back in time.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm trying to envision you as a hippie.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      Oh how I wish I would've been alive in the 60's to experience all of these great happenings. Great Lens!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Now, I really remember all this, I'm an old hippie and we had lots of coloring fun back then with our tye dyes and flower power....another history lesson, memory page of coloring FUN! :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Glad you've enjoyed it.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      How could I not love any 60s page!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Michael Oksa: That decade did have some great music.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Glad you do.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I was a kid. Much simpler times back then

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      That's easy...the music! :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I wasn't around in the 60's but I enjoy hearing about it:)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I bet you rocked that era.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: It truly is a classic.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      My simple answer is the movie "Psycho", what a great movie it was and still it is! It is a classical movie of all time.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @tedwritesstuff24: I always love your comments.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @vineliner57: It's such a fun song.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      sadly I remember the 1960s...love adam west as batman and was so sad recently when niel armstrong died. cool lens from a groovy lensmaster!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I just had to play the Batman Theme Song!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: That's so nice of you to say.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      All the greats on one excellent lens.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Women did make good strides then.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I remember the 1960s. I loved the enthusiastic feminism and how everyone was so interested in politics and world affairs. It was an exciting time.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DIY Mary: The 60s did produce some good music.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LogStoreSteve: That's enjoyable to hear.

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      DIY Mary 4 years ago

      I was a child during the 1960s and my favorite thing about that era was the music.

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      Steve 4 years ago from England

      Wow, that brought back some memories - very early memories in case you were wondering. Thank you for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @nikitakapoor: Thanks for the visit.

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      nikitakapoor 4 years ago

      I feel that the famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." were spoken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

      Anyway, Great lens! :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: What a wonderful memory!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I got married! WooHoo!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: So you're a 60's child. Cool!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      My birth!

      And by the way, I am surprised how low is Ringo's popularity.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @AnnieMoril: I agree. It is such a moving speech.

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      AnnieMoril 4 years ago

      Love the 80s music and the Beatles and the Martin Luther King speech gets to me every time. It must be the greatest speech of all times.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Matthew Carey: Thanks for the like!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @CruiseReady: Sounds like this was a good time for you.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I loved the feeling in the air in the 60's ... it's hard to explain, but it was there... hope, innocence... expectation, maybe.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: That's what I was hoping for. I appreciate you letting me know this.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the combination of history plus coloring pages. Seems like a good and fun way to create a lesson plan for kids.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Phoenix2361: That Beatle appearance sure changed the face of rock n roll.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Camden1: OMG! Too funny!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @grannysage: That is sad they could fight for our country, but couldn't have a beer.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Happy you enjoyed the trip.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @fullofshoes: Oh that must have been sad to find that some of your friends had been drafted.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @banapple: Glad you enjoyed it.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks for stopping by.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @kislanyk: It was fun finding them.

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      Wow, what a lot of memories this brought back. Especially the Beatles first Ed Sullivan appearance. :D

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      When we told our kids that TV was only in black and white in the 60s, they looked at us in amazement, and then asked, "Were your PCs only in black and white too?"

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I remember the Beatles on Ed Sullivan show. We didn't have a tv so I watched through the window of a local restaurant. John was my favorite. The draft is not a nice memory as I recall the young men who went off to war, but not old enough to drink or vote. Oh the days those were.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this trip down Memory Lane. I was born in October 1956. so most of my childhood took place in the 60s.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I just took a very long walk down memory lane. I experienced every single one of these as I was growing up.... oh my. I even watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. The whole family gathered faithfully for every Sunday night show and Lassie and Batman were favorites. I saw Mary Poppins in the theater the day it opened and yes, lived during the Viet Nam war era. I can remember being in tears when I learned that a few close friends had been drafted.

      Thanks for the memories! ~blessed~

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      banapple 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. Great trip back to the past!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Great information about the '60s. Love the Beatles!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens on 1960s. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh nice pics Janice!