Nostalgic moments in Stranger Things: 80s school supplies edition
And as it turns out, kids can go back to school today much as kids did back then. Some of the most iconic 80s school supplies have been revitalized for a new generation (assuming they ever went away in the first place!). Jansport backpacks, Trapper Keepers, metal lunchboxes! — Gen X school supplies that you can still buy today.
Here are some of our sentimental faves!
- Jansport Superbreak Plus backpack... Eleven-style
- Lisa Frank's bright & bold 1200 sticker set
- Star Wars metal lunchbox
- Retro-style BIC 4 Color Ballpoint Pen
- Mr Sketch Scented Markers
- Classic yellow wood Ticonderoga #2 pencils
- Elmer's Rubber Cement
- Paper Mate Eraser Mate ballpoint pens
Eleven won’t be the only one rocking these bold stripes this back-to-school season! Jansport has outfitted a Superbreak Plus in this instantly recognizable pattern as a tribute to the fashion sense of one of our very favorite Stranger Things heroes.
Lisa Frank stickers haven't gone out of style since they first came in to style. They're as fun and motivating as ever!
Before we had smart phones and other Information Age wizardry, kids were totally impressed with the voodoo of these all-in-one 4-color pens. Turns out you can still capture that nostalgic magic today.
Share your back-to-school nostalgia with the littles in your life! Mr Sketch chiseled, scented markers are still around and just as yummy-smelling as ever!
Some products are so enduring they manage to survive extinction. Even in this age of revolutionary tech, Ticonderoga pencils are still so vital to the education experience that many teachers name the brand explicitly on their school supplies list. No cheap and crappy pencils for their classes!
With the advent of glue sticks, you don't see rubber cement on many school supplies lists these days, but yes -- you can still buy it! Gen X and older know what's up. Besides the fact that it smells so-bad-it's-good, rubber cement is that rare liquid adhesive that won't wrinkle the paper when it's applied -- plus it allows for easy repositioning.
Launching in 1979, when many Gen Xers were around middle school age, these erasable pens were basically magic. Never a perfect technology (and largely displaced by other options like Pilot's Frixion pens these days), the Eraser Mate brand persists, seemingly still useful for those of us trying to keep sharp with off-line crossword puzzles!
I swear I’d never seen anything by Lisa Frank until the 90s.
80s Trapper Keepers lacked the suprematism pazzaz of the 90s ones.