A Fresh Look at History Through Vintage Photographs

By Sophia Maddox | March 8, 2024

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, 1971

History is full of surprises, and this photo gallery is no exception! Get ready to uncover an unexpected side of history and discover a world that you may not have known existed. From moments that are both quirky and captivating to rare glimpses into the past, these images offer a unique perspective on the world we live in today.

Take a journey back in time to an era of bouffant hairstyles, psychedelic music, and flower power. These photos will transport you to a world that is both familiar and foreign at the same time, and they will leave you feeling nostalgic and informed. Whether you lived through this era or you're simply curious to learn more, these images are sure to captivate and delight.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a 1971 fantasy film starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Stuart. Gene played the crazy, kooky and very eccentric Will Wonka, who admitted five children from all over the world into his chocolate factory for a chance to own it.

The performance was one of Gene’s most iconic; he was hired for the role after just reciting a few lines for the director, beating out the likes of Joel Grey, Fred Astaire and Jon Pertwee. He even beat out Spike Milligan, an actor chosen by the author, Roald Dahl, himself.

The book, entitled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was written in 1964. It was met with both positive and negative reviews but it is still seen as one of the best children’s books today.

The film itself was not a commercial success, despite receiving positive reviews from critics. After starring in the movie, Gene went on to star in Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak (which he got a Golden Globe for) and Will & Grace, which he got a Primetime Emmy Award. 

The most flowers sold in one day in U.S. history was on the day after Elvis Presley died, in 1977.

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On August 17th, 1977, the world was rocked by the sudden and unexpected passing of one of the most iconic figures in music history: Elvis Presley. In response to his death, Americans everywhere flocked to their local flower shops to purchase flowers as a tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. On that day, an estimated 10 million bouquets were sold across the United States - more than any other single day in U.S. history. The outpouring of love for Elvis was so immense that it set a record that still stands today, 43 years later. It's a testament to the legacy he left behind and how much he touched people's lives.