Hidden Vintage Photos Tell A Different Story Of The Past
By Sophia Maddox | May 2, 2023
Young Madonna at the University of Michigan in 1976.Historical photos often show us things that we don’t want to see, but that we can’t look away from. This collection of photographs show us extraordinary moments from our past that send chills down our spine. Some of these shots show moments that are hard to look at, but others will give you goosebumps in the best way possible.
Before she was one of the most famous people on Earth, and arguably the most popular musical artist of the ‘90s, she was just a young girl wth a dream. After attending Rochester Adams High School where she was a straight A student. Following high school she won a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Two years after beginning school she dropped out and moved to New York City in order to chase her dreams of performing. Madonna said that the move shook her life up, and that it changed her at a molecular level:
It was the first time I’d ever taken a plane, the first time I’d ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I’d ever done.
Six Flags Over New Orleans, abandoned after Hurricane Katrina
The sound of roller coasters careening through the air, children screaming with joy, and the smell of cotton candy, amusement parks are a respite from real life for the young and old. Unfortunately even amusement parks aren’t immune to the ravages of Mother Nature. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, drowning the city and turning Six Flags Over New Orleans into a twisted pile of metal.
The 140 acre plot of land is still standing in one way or another, but it’s been deemed unsalvageable by park owners. The site is now covered in graffiti and exists as a monument to what could have been.
Sally Field doing a promotional shoot for Smokey and the Bandit in 1977.
In 1977, Sally Field was at the top of her game. She was starring in the classic film Smokey and the Bandit and was busy doing promotional shoots for the movie. For one of these shoots, she wore a denim jumpsuit with a white tank top and a wide-brimmed hat. The look was a perfect blend of classic Western style and modern glamour, and it was the perfect representation of Field's star power. This look was a nod to the Western films of the past and a symbol of the changing times. Even today, her look from the shoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '70s.
There are hundreds of motorcycles at the Harley Davidson graveyard in Peru
Anyone need any parts for their Harley? If so, there’s an ocean of Harley Davidson located in Lima, Peru and all you’ve got to do is bring some cash. Local police had to ditch their motorcycles because of budgetary issues, which created a massive parking lot of bikes that just need some tender loving care.
Many of the bikes were sold at auction for $1,300, but some Harley-heads came through Lima and purchased them in batches, more than likely to use them for parts. Even if you don't have money for a bike, this ocean of Harley Davidsons are worth seeing.
The Gargoyle of Notre Dame overlooking Paris, 1910
When the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in 2019 much of the roof was destroyed but at least some of the gargoyles survived. These concrete buttresses have been attached to the Cathedral since the 14th century as way to shed water when it rains. Which is definitely a creepy way to make sure the roof doesn't cave in.
The carved figures spray water from their mouths similarly to the mythological Gargouille - a dragon like creature with an extended neck and bat wings. The fire breathing creatures were said to have been defeated by St. Romanus with his crucifix before affixing them to the walls of Notre Dame.
Debbie Harry, photographed in 1977 while in Los Angeles
Blondie’s Debbie Harry is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous woman who ever walked the planet, let alone that walked the stage and grabbed a microphone. She looked cool and sexy whether she was on stage in full hair and makeup or dressed down in a cut off t-shirt. While speaking to Interview Magazine about Harry, Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads said that Harry knew how to “turn it off” so she could just be a regular person, but even then she was still beautiful. Weymouth said:
I’d be walking down the street with Debbie and she’d just turn it on and everyone would recognize her. Then she’d turn it off and they wouldn’t recognize her at all… No matter how beautiful another person can be, Debbie will always be the most remarkable beauty. Because it’s like the sunshine to the moon, you know, the sun comes up and the moon is eclipsed.
Extreme tree pruning in the late 1800s.
If you loved climbing trees as a child then tree pollarding is the job for you. Well, assuming that you have a time machine that takes you back to the 19th century. Pollarding was hard work and it took team work and practice in order to trim trees and keep them in line while making sure they live a longer life.
To trim these incredibly high trees men had to use ridiculously tall and unstable ladders which were more dangerous the higher a pollard rose. From there the trimmers had to maintain their balance as they move across the limbs.
Judy met Jerry Griffin at Woodstock in 1969
Hundreds of thousands of people went to the Woodstock music festival in 1969, but how many people can say they met their significant other while they were there? Judy and Jerry Griffin met when Jerry’s friends stopped to pick up Judy while she was hitchhiking after her car broke down. Judy was unsure about riding with Jerry’s friends, but after she hopped in the VW Beetle she and Jerry made fast friends. Judy told People:
I was just thinking, ‘Damn, now we can’t go,’ and we were dying to. Then Jerry and his friends pulled up. I stuck my head in and I saw that there was a woman in the car. I’d never hitchhiked before, but I figured, ‘Well, since there was a woman, it was fairly safe, and I probably should just get in the car.’
That ride culminated in a 50 year marriage, two sons, and five grandchildren. However it wasn’t until 2019 when the two found this photo that was taken of them at the festival. They’d known each other for less than 48 hours when the photo was taken.
He's the "Man with the Golden Arm," James Harrison has donated blood 1,173 times from the age of 18 to 81
A true hero, was inspired to start giving blood after undergoing a major chest operation when he was just a boy. He lost a lot of blood while under the knife and had to stay in the hospital for the months. When he was 18 he vowed to give blood as much as possible in order to make sure that no children ever went without.
Shortly after his 18th birthday doctors discovered that Harrison’s blood contained antibodies that helped fight Rhesus Disease which made him one of the most important donors in Australia. After giving his last donation Harrison told CNN:
It becomes quite humbling when they say, 'oh you've done this or you've done that or you're a hero. It's something I can do. It's one of my talents, probably my only talent, is that I can be a blood donor."
A researcher stands on top of the Portal to Hell in Kamokuna, Hawaii
While not a literal portal to the deep dark depths, this spot in Kamokuna, Hawaii looks particularly creepy because of the masses of different lava flows that have led into what the USGS Astrogeology Science Center calls the “lava skylight.” The lava that’s cooled around the skylight has taken on the form of shared bodies, which makes the area look extremely creepy.
The skylight is made possible by pieces of the area that break off and expose the tubes running beneath the area that are filled with molten lava which gives off an eerie glow. The area is worth checking out, but keep in mind that it’s very dangerous.
Irish guards remain at attention after a fellow guardsman faints in front of the Queen, 1966
Irish guards are trained to be at attention at all time when they’re on duty. They have to march at attention, stand at attention, and even fall at attention. Their outfits are a standard military suit but with a heavy bearskin hat on top that definitely doesn’t breathe. This photo was taken in June 1966 during the Queen’s birthday celebration, so it was definitely a very hot and stressful day, no wonder this guy fell over. Photographer James Blair explained how he snapped such an iconic photo to National Geographic:
In June, the Queen has her birthday celebration, and she rides her horse around this square, and all of the soldiers are lined up, and I was there to get pictures of the Queen riding around, and anything else that would happen. This was a very long telephoto lens, an 800-millimeter. I was on the press stand and was able to photograph across the whole courtyard, when this guy fell over...
He was almost immediately scooped up. The medical people came out about 30 seconds after I took this picture and scooped him up and took him back to the infirmary and took care of him. But I was told afterwards that you’re literally trained to fall at attention. If you’re standing at attention, you fall at attention, and it was just like a toy soldier falling over. I don’t think I got the falling process. I think I saw it out of the corner of my eye and I was focused on the Queen, and I swiveled around, click, click, click, and made that photograph.
Robert Irwin, son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, feeds the same croc, in the same place as his father 15 years later
Robert Irwin was nearly three years old when his father passed away after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb. Since his father’s death, Irwin has worked in the conservation world and he appeared alongside his family in the TV series Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors. In recent years he’s started to fill his father’s shoes by taking animals onto the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He recently explained his draw towards working with animals as a way to get in touch with his father. He said, “I feel closest to Dad when I’m working with the animals that he really loved.”
Many bars in Istanbul offered to take drunks home in a basket, this photo from the 1960s shows that it wasn't so easy
We’ve all been here. You just plan to go out for a couple of drinks and then boom, suddenly you’re ranting and raving in the back of a wicker basket on the back of a stout man’s back. In the 1960s many bars in Turkey had at least one man on staff who was paid to take patrons home after they had too much to drink. The rule of thumb was that if someone couldn’t stand up then it was time to go.
The basket men were called “küfeci,” which translates to “the porter.” This comes from Istanbul’s large service industry. There are a lot of jobs in the city that aren’t available in other major areas. Hopefully the “küfeci” craze catches on around the world.
The Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is one of the most isolated spots in Iceland
There are jobs that offer a solitary lifestyle - librarian, freelance writer - and then there are jobs that a man can take when he wants to get away from it all. Lighthouse keeper is one of those jobs that someone takes when they’re trying to escape something, and in the case of this lighthouse in Iceland, there’s no chance of the keeper receiving visitors.
This lighthouse is known as Þrídrangaviti, and it stands near the Westman Islands, six miles from shore. Built in 1939, the lighthouse is one of the most isolated spots in the world, and it served as the inspiration for for the Icelandic thriller Why Did You Lie?
Neil Armstrong's family watching him launch to the moon, July 16, 1969
When the Apollo 11 rocket was launched on July 16, 1969 no one knew if the the astronauts on board would make it to the moon and back alive. The families of the astronauts weren’t the only people who were in attendance, Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson and then-Vice President Spiro Agnew were also in attendance at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
To get to the moon it took the astronauts 76 hours to get from the Earth to the moon. The Apollo 11 team made it home safe and sound when they landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.
Mr & Mrs DeForge, a couple with Down syndrome who were married for 26 years
Kris and Paul Scharoun-DeForge met in 1988 and married five years later. They were together until Paul passed away from a lengthy battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2019, and their family believes that their marriage is one of the longest between two people with disabilities. While speaking about their relationship Kris said that the thing that attracted her to Paul was his humor. She told CBS:
I proposed to him. I whispered in his ear, ‘Would you marry me?’ And he looked up at me with this big beautiful smile and he shook his head ‘Yes,’ And that's when I knew. 'He got me laughing, he was the one for me.'
It took the couple five years to win the right to marry from the state of New York. During their five year legal battle they had to prove that they were able to consent to an adult relationship.
A colorized version of "Homecoming Prisoner, Vienna" by Ernst Haas
Ernst Haas spent 40 years working as a photojournalist and photographer. His early work, the “Homecoming series” ended up winning him assignments for Life magazine. The “Homecoming” photos came about while Haas worked on assignment for small European rags. While scouting locations for a fashion shoot in Austria in 1947 he noticed prisoners of war returning home after long stays in prison camps.
The entire collection showed the pain of searching for a loved one after a war, and the heartbreak of realizing that you’ve waited too long to mourn someone. The stark photos have a sad beauty that succinctly sum up the end of World War II.
WW2 1911 sweetheart grips are little known ways for soldiers to keep their best gals close
There are a million ways to take down the Axis of Evil, but the most romantic way was to use a sweetheart grip. These personalized handgun grips were a way to carry a piece of home with them while they were overseas. It was more prevalent to tuck away a photo of a gal, or carry a letter into battle, but some fighters were keen on using plexiglass from downed bombers to keep photos of their best gals, or pin ups if they didn’t have a girlfriend, on their weapons. Some sweetheart grips were better designed than others, and many that came back from the way suffered major water damage, ruining the photo.
Just a photo of Johnny Cash eating cake in a bush like a normal person
If you don’t think about this photo of Johnny Cash eating cake in a bush at least twice a day then you’re not a real country fan. The common thought about this photo is that the Man in Black was as high as a kite when he posed for this shot, which isn’t a bad call because the man liked to imbibe. However, it was actually taken for his live album “Strawberry Cake,” recorded at The Palladium in London, England.
Cash says that the idea for the photos came from an afternoon in New York City when he and June came across a homeless man and said aloud that he could have been just like the man on the street. Cash picks it up from here in the album's liner notes:
I saw his eyes flutter as the bright sunlight hit his face. He didn’t open his eyes, but I knew he wasn’t dead. ‘What are you doing?’ June asked ‘I’m thinking about my friend here,’ I said ‘that could be me, you know’ June came over closer and smiled at me. “That was you a couple of times. Then she said again, ‘Come on lets go’ The rest of the story is in the song. I became that man. I put myself in his place and my mind, he finally won. I wish I knew who he is, and where he is. I’d send him a piece of Strawberry Cake.
This East German soldier was removed from service for helping a little boy sneak across the Berlin Wall
Leading up to the construction of the Berlin Wall Germany was in chaos. People were trying to make sure their families were kept together. People lost their jobs and people lost their families when the wall officially went up on August 13, 1961. During the anarchic energy of the day this boy was separated rom his family, but the East German government said that people weren’t allowed to cross the line no matter what.
This soldier helped get this child across the wall into East Berlin and he was caught shortly afterwards. There’s no word about what actually happened to the soldier, although there are rumors that he was imprisoned or shot. Although it’s likely that he was just removed from his position.
The SwimMobile made it so inner city kids could beat the heat. Detroit, 1960s
Summer can be unbearable if you don’t have a way to cool off, and if you don’t have anything to do, the summer can be even worse. The muggy air, the sweat, that sticky feeling that’s just so uncomfortable, the only thing that can make the summer manageable is a pool. Unfortunately not everyone has a pool, especially in the inner city of Detroit.
In the 1960s the SwimMobile made life easier for urban kids in Detroit. The truck was a trailer on the back of a semi truck filled with water that drove from place to place, stopping long enough for kids to get in a good swim.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall get their ya-yas out crossdressing in 1996
With his hair slicked back and his face made up to accentuate his more feminine features, Jagger was 53 when he and his then partner Jerry Hall posed for Brigitte Lacombe in this gender reversing photo. Taken outside Jagger and Hall’s French chateau, the outfits and makeup belong to the couple. Lacombe told the Daily Mirror that she wanted to do something special with Rolling Stones singer because he only agreed to take one photo. She explained:
Mick had agreed to do one picture. He suddenly appeared in full make-up. The gown was his idea, he thought it would be fun. I love that the image is so genuine, not too jokey, not too camp.
After nine years together, Jagger and Hall had their common law relationship nullified in 1999.
Juliane Koepcke was the sole survivor aboard LANSA Flight 508, she lived in the jungle for 11 days following the crash
After LANSA Flight 508 was struck by lightning on Christmas Eve 1971, Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of the plane when it cracked in half. She was strapped in her seat as she fell 10,000 feet to the middle of the Peruvian rainforest. She woke up on Christmas morning with a concussion and a series of gashes across her body.
For the next 11 days she followed a small river downstream until she came across a small fishing hut. She laid down to sleep and was later discovered by the people who lived there who took her to a hospital. She later wrote a memoir about the experience called When I Fell From the Sky.
Ronald Reagan with Serena and Venus Williams at Nancy Reagan's Celebrity Tennis Tournament, 1990
At Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No to Drugs celebrity tournament at the Riviera Country Club in L. A. in 1990, Venus and Serena Williams were the toast of the event. At the tender ages of 9 and 10 the sisters gave autographs, posed for photos, and gave interviews. They were even being followed by national sports magazines. Aside from their age not much has changed with these two.
As children the Williams sisters had to practice on courts in Compton and Watts, and during the early ‘90s this was ground zero for gang activity. Their father described their practices as “hell.” He told Sports Illustrated, “We've been shot at on the tennis court. But now gang members know us and protect us when the shooting starts.”
These two young athletes have proved that with hard work and determination no situation is too dire.
This Siberian bear hunting suit keeps you safe and makes you dangerous
Not only does this suit keep you safe, but it makes sure you never have to hug people you don’t like again. It’s believed that this vintage armor wasn’t used to traipse through the Siberian woods in search of a bear, but rather it was worn when a bear hunter was seeding the area for bears so to speak. According to a commenter on the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation message board:
I suspect it is more likely to be for bear bating than hunting, since I can't imagine anyone could run around the woods in it. It consists of leather pants and jacket (and an iron helmet) studded all over with 1-inch iron nails about 3/4 in. apart. The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails.
Have you ever used one of these to bear bait? Or do you know anyone who has? Let us know because this suit is nuts.
No one looks good in these creepy masks for the "Miss Beautiful Eyes" contest in the 1930s
There have been a lot of weird beauty contests throughout the years, but Miss Beautiful Eyes is definitely at the top of weird mountain. In order to properly judge the contest, the eye experts had the women cover their faces up with formless masks that only showed their eyes. You know, a totally normal thing to ask women to do.
These contests were supposedly for “non pin-up types” who wanted to get into the ribbon cutting game. Different Miss Beautiful Eyes Contests had women hold up paper under their eyes, while others had them wear huge stovepipe hat looking things. Still, these masks may be one of the creepier things that women have ever had to wear.
Freddie Mercury and Mary Austin dated for seven years before Mercury came out, they remained friends until the end of his life
When Freddie Mercury sang, “You’re my best friend,” he could have very well been speaking directly to Mary Austin, the woman who served as his confidant throughout his life. The two met at a clothing store in 1969 and the two couldn’t have been more opposite. He was outgoing and brash, she was introverted and meek.
Even after Queen signed their first contract and began playing to adoring fans Mercury kept Austin close, he wanted her to be a part of his life and the rock ’n roll carnival that was swirling around them. After Mercury came out to Austin the duo broke ended their romantic relationship and Mercury purchased an apartment for Austin next to his. In 1985 Mercury expounded on his relationship with Austin, saying:
The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else… We believe in each other, that’s enough for me.
Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland married in 1968 and often appeared as husband and wife on screen
Charles Bronson was known as an actor who relished playing tough guys and gun toting men who didn’t take no for an answer, but in his home life he was as meek as a church mouse. After marrying Jill Ireland in 1968 they had two children, one of which was adopted, which made a total of seven children between the two of them.
Bronson made sure that Ireland appeared onscreen as his wife in most of his films after they wed. When Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in the ‘80s Bronson reportedly turned down great roles so he could stay with her and act as her nurse. She passed away in 1990, and Bronson hung around until 2003.
She doesn't care that a scientist hoses her down, Continental Oil Company, 1952
Everyone knows that scientists love hosing women down and women love tone hosed down by a scientist. It’s in a print ad so it has to be true. If you’ve never seen one of these ads it’s hard to know exactly what it’s selling, but from the copy this isn’t some kind of special housewife hosing service, but rather an ad for and oil plating technique that Conoco claims will protect a car’s engine.
It’s clear that Conoco knows that the average driver doesn’t care about oil plating, but they do care about sexy images like this. Honestly, they’re right.
Draft horses are built to work and they look good doing it
Even though this horse is a sweet beauty of a galloping creature, most draft horses don’t look like they just jumped off of a Lisa Frank folder. Draft horses are a large breed that are meant to plow fields and help with farm labor. There a bunch of different breeds of draft horses depending on where the horses are born.
If you’re not sure if you’re dealing with a draft horse then check out their broad, short backs and the gorgeous feathering on their lower legs. They’ve also got incredibly heavy bones, so if you have a way to test bone density that would be a great way to check.
Bill Paxton, Liam Neeson, and Patrick Swayze played brothers in "Next of Kin" 1989
Obviously Swayze, Neeson, and Paxton aren’t brothers, but when you slather them in dirt and faux sweat they look weirdly related. Next of Kin follows Swayze as Truman Gates, an Appalachian good ol’ boy turned cop who returns home to investigate the death of Bill Paxton’s character. Swayze has to choose between justice and the law.
The movie isn’t the best thing you’ve ever seen, but every single one of these guys oozes charisma and it’s impossible to turn off the DVD when they’re on screen together. If you like ultra violent final acts or revenge films, then give Next of Kin a shot.
Madonna appearing in the Egg Film, a student production from 1974
For those of you wondering, “Where did Madonna learn her chops for Swept Away?” May we present you with a little short called The Egg Film. The student film was produced in 1974, and shot on Super 8 for a film class and while there’s not discernible story it does sound really weird and totally up Madonna’s alley.
Director Wyn Cooper, another student, says that Madonna was down for anything, and that she was okay with eating a raw egg on camera. Following Madonna’s feast another student bakes an egg on her stomach before eating it. Rumor has it that the original lyrics to “Like a Virgin” were, “used as a frying pan for the very first time.
The first woman of drag racing, Shirley Muldowney poses with one of her custom cars
Before Shirley Muldowney was on the drag racing scene women were rarely seen anyhere but the sidelines. She started racing in spite of the pushback from men on the track and in the stands in 1965 with a 1940 Ford that was fitted with a Cadillac engine. This baby had some real power. She raced with stock cars, Funny Cars, basically if it had wheels she could drive it.
In 1977 Muldowney won the National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel championship while racing in the Top Fuel division. When asked about her methods by Sports Illustrated she said, “I do not rattle on the line. I simply do not rattle."
The nightmarish skeletal stage at Bregenz Festival 1999
No, this isn’t the stage for the most metal band you’ve ever seen, it’s a one off stage built for the Bregenzer Festival, a performing arts festival that began in 1945, but didn’t become an tradition until 1993. Each year there are different performances and different sets. 1999 saw a performance of Verdi’s A Masked Ball, an opera that “unites antitheses like Dance and Death,” which gave the folks behind the festival to create this stunning skeletal stage. There’s no info about what the organizers do with their stages once the season is over, but it’s likely that they repurpose the materials for later use, or this skeleton is still being used to scare children around Europe.
Raquel Welch dances with troops at the USO Christmas show in 1967
There wasn’t much to look forward to about the Vietnam War, but one thing that soldiers fighting overseas could look forward to is Bob Hope’s USO tour and Christmas show. During the shows Hope brought out as many celebrities as he could to give the troops something fun to do, he knew that it was especially important to bring actresses who loved to dance with the boys.
Christmas 1967 was a huge year for the troops because Hope brought Raquel Welch along with him to entertain 25,000 men and women at Long Binh. Welch danced with the troops and even if they weren’t fans of Hope you can bet they loved getting to shimmy with the star of One Million Years B.C. and Bedazzled.
Drag racing's sweetheart of the track, "Jungle" Pam
Anyone who was kicking the tires and tearing up the asphalt in the ‘70s remembers Jungle Pam. She turned fans into cartoons wolves with hearts in their eyes when she assisted driver "Jungle Jim" Lieberman with his Funny Car races. Her tight outfits and bodacious bod made up for the fact that she didn’t have any experience with cars when she got into the industry.
When Pam took to the track she wore daisy dukes, hip hugging jeans, and go-go boots with short skirts fans stayed in their seats to see what she would do. She didn’t just change drag racing, she changed the world of sports forever.
Lady Diana dancing with Clint Eastwood in the Travolta dress, worn specifically because she was meeting John Travolta that night
When Princess Diana visited President Ronald Reagan and his wife at the White House in 1985, Nancy Reagan constructed the evening so Diana would have some great guys to dance with. She invited John Travolta, Tom Selleck, and Clint Eastwood and made sure they knew it was their American duty to dance with the Princess of Wales - not that they would have had a problem with that.
On the night of the party Diana wore what’s now referred to as “The Travolta Dress,” specifically because Diana chose it to wear while she was dancing with the Saturday Night Fever star. The can be seen at the exhibit “Diana: Her Fashion Story” at Kensington Palace.
70s catalog with mens suits and their mini-me's, groovy baby!!
Take a trip down memory lane and discover a world of bold fashion choices, funky hairdos, and musical icons that made the Groovy Era so dang cool. From the historic landing of Neil Armstrong on the moon to the groovy beats of Whitesnake, these sixties, seventies, and eighties were all about living life to the fullest. Let's take a journey back to all the most iconic moments of these decades with this specially curated photo gallery.
Picture yourself in a bold plaid suit, complete with a matching vest and wide lapels, as you strut down the street. Now you're in the right mindset! The 1970s was a time of fashion exploration when bold colors and unique styles were all the rage. Men’s suits from this era tended towards bright prints or earthy tones like mustard yellow or olive green, complete with flared trousers for an extra bit of flair!
So, what are you waiting for? Pull on your bell-bottoms and join us in a nostalgic journey through this groovy gallery that brings the bring greatest parts of the 60s, 70s, and 80s to life! Get ready to be transported back in time and relive the magic of this unforgettable era.
A 15 year-old Joey Ramone in 1965.
Joey Ramone was a punk rock icon, and at the tender age of 15, he already had his sights set on becoming a renowned musician. Armed with nothing but an electric guitar, Joey began to hone in on his craft as every free moment afforded him time for practice. He first started out playing covers from other bands before striking out and creating original songs that would make up some of The Ramones' most memorable hits, such as “Blitzkrieg Bop” or "I Wanna Be Sedated". Even back then, it seemed like everyone could tell that this young teenager was destined for greatness, given how effortlessly he strummed away at those strings while singing along – showing us all just what kind of talent existed within this humble young man's soul!
A 20 year-old Jerry Garcia with his banjo in 1963.
At just 20 years old, Jerry Garcia had already become an accomplished musician by the time 1963 rolled around. His mastery of string instruments such as guitar and banjo earned him a spot in bluegrass bands like Old & In The Way, which featured musicians from all walks of life who shared his passion for music. He often joked that he was “just another hippie with a banjo” but it became obvious to anyone watching how much skill went into each note he plucked on those strings – eventually leading him up onto bigger stages playing alongside Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh at places like Winterland Ballroom or Fillmore West! Even back then, you could tell this young man's career would be something special; no one will ever forget what kind of magic came out when someone so talented got their hands on an instrument!
A 27 year-old Janis Joplin, 1970.
In the year 1970, 27-year-old Janis Joplin had already taken over as one of the most influential figures in music. Her unique and powerful voice combined with her passionate lyrics made each song an emotional experience that connected deeply with her listeners. She was never afraid to be herself or follow what she believed, regardless of how many people disagreed – a quality that earned her respect from everyone around.
When Janis took the stage, it felt like something out of this world; you could feel every ounce of emotion radiating off those high notes while everybody sang along together in harmony! Even now, 50 years later, we all still remember just what kind of impact someone so young can have on our lives when they let their true colors shine through for others to enjoy.
A great group shot of Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe and John Candy, 1970s.
The 1970s was a time of unbridled hilarity and =no group embodied this more than the cast of Second City TV - Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe and John Candy. This iconic troupe brought with them years' worth of experience in comedy to create some one-of-a-kind sketches that made us laugh until we cried. Their chemistry on screen was undeniable; their ability to improvise together seamlessly while playing off each other's strengths allowed for something truly special every single week! To this day, they all still remain, close friends, who never forget just how much joy they shared back when it started – making sure these five talented performers will always be remembered as an integral part of bringing sketch comedy into the homes (and hearts!) around Canada & America!
A beautiful Cybill Shepherd in the 70s.
Cybill Shepherd was one of the most beautiful and stylish women to grace television screens in the 70s. She was known for her sexy yet sophisticated style, often featuring pieces like figure-hugging jumpsuits or colorful blouses that accentuated her beauty without ever looking too overbearing. Her approachable demeanor made it easy for anyone watching at home to relate with Cybill - making sure this iconic star will never be forgotten! From shows such as Moonlighting alongside Bruce Willis where they helped define what a modern love story should look & feel like, all the way through movies such as The Last Picture Show which earned numerous awards – no matter how you remember Ms. Shepherd, she'll always remain timelessly cool thanks to everything we've seen from someone so talented during their heyday!
Alfred Hitchcock and the MGM Lion having a spot of tea in 1958.
In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock and the MGM Lion were captured having a spot of tea together – an iconic moment! Hitchcock was known for his eye-catching films such as Psycho & Rear Window, which captivated audiences worldwide with their suspenseful yet witty plots. The MGM lion on the other hand has been part of Hollywood since 1924, acting as a symbol to represent all that is grand about this beloved industry; even now when you hear those three words (“Ars Gratia Artis”) it brings back memories from generations past.
Angie Dickinson on the set of Rio Bravo in 1959.
Angie Dickinson was a gorgeous actress in the 1950s, known for her elegant yet daring roles – most notably as Feathers McGraw in Rio Bravo (1959). She quickly became an icon during these years thanks to movies such as Ocean's 11 or The Killers, which showcased just what kind of talent exists when someone so beautiful is given enough room to express themselves without fear.
Aretha Franklin, 1970s.
Aretha Franklin was an iconic figure in the 1970s, known for her powerful and soulful voice, which moved generations of listeners. Her career began in 1952 when she signed with Columbia Records; over time, Aretha’s sound developed into something unique that will never be forgotten thanks to songs like “Respect” or “Chain Of Fools” – showing us all just how much control someone can have when they let their true colors shine through regardless of what other people might think!
Betty White getting into the swing of things playing golf in the 1950s.
Betty White was an iconic figure in the 1950s, known for her charming and witty demeanor, which captivated viewers around the world. She began her career as a radio host before eventually transitioning into television – making sure everyone at home could feel something special emanating from within each moment! Betty’s approachable demeanor made it easy to see why she became so popular; even now when looking back at photographs taken during this time such as one of Ms. White playing golf.
Country music legends Johnny Cash and his buddy George Jones in the late 70s.
Johnny Cash and George Jones were two of the biggest names in country music during the late 70s, known for their powerful performances, which captivated audiences around the world. Both these men had a unique chemistry together that was evident onscreen; they would often joke & sing along to one another while playing off each other’s strengths. Even now, photographs taken around this time still resonate with viewers as are reminded once again why legends such as these will never be forgotten.
Southern California surf scene in 1964.
The Southern California surf scene in 1964 was an exciting time for anyone who wanted to catch some waves! Surfers from all walks of life would flock towards the beach with their boards. This era has become synonymous with icons such as Burt Lancaster and Malibu's original surfing pioneer Miki Dora - both these men helped shape what this culture looked like back then thanks to movies such The Endless Summer or Beach Party which showcased just why so many were drawn towards something unique during those days.
Crooner actor Robert Goulet in the studio, 1960s.
In the 1960s, Canadian-born singer and actor Robert Goulet began to make a name for himself as one of America's favorite crooners. His magnetic personality and smooth baritone voice made him an instant hit with audiences across the country, who were eager to hear his romantic renditions of classic songs from Broadway shows like Camelot. In between performing live concerts or filming on set, he could often be found in recording studios around Los Angeles laying down tracks that would become popular hits among fans everywhere.
Debbie Reynolds photographed between scenes while filming, 1959.
In 1959, Debbie Reynolds was a rising star in Hollywood. She had already starred in some of the most popular films of that decade, and her career only continued to skyrocket as she took on more roles. During this time period, photographers often captured candid shots between scenes while filming - it is from one such photo shoot, we get an intimate look into what life must have been like for the 19-year-old actress at the height of her fame! In these pictures, you can see not just an incredibly talented performer, but also a young woman who has become immortalized forever through classic movies like Singin' In The Rain and Tammy And The Bachelor.
Faye Dunaway in 1968.
Faye Dunaway's career skyrocketed in the late 1960s, with acclaimed performances that earned her a Best Actress Oscar for Network (1976). But it was in 1968 when she first made an impression on audiences and critics alike. That year saw Faye starring alongside Warren Beatty in Bonnie & Clyde - one of the most iconic films to come out of Hollywood during this period. Her portrayal as Bonnie Parker showcased not only her beauty but also her talent as an actress who could take command of any scene!
Grace Kelly on her wedding day, 1956.
Grace Kelly remains one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history, and her wedding day was no exception. On April 19th, 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco wearing an exquisite gown designed by Helen Rose - making it a true fairy tale event that captivated audiences worldwide! Her veil was made from pure silk tulle with beaded lace edging; its length reached all the way to the floor, creating an ethereal look as Grace walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with her prince charming.
Helen Mirren seriously posing in all black, 1970s.
Helen Mirren has been an icon of beauty and elegance for decades, but it was in the 1970s when she truly established her style! During this time period, she could often be seen wearing all black - a look that reflected both strength and confidence. One particular photograph taken around 1977 shows Helen standing with her chin held high while striking a serious pose; something which would become synonymous with her entire career later on.
In 1959, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu met Elvis Presley while he was stationed in West Germany.
In 1959, the world was introduced to a burgeoning young starlet named Priscilla Beaulieu. At only 14 years old when she first met Elvis Presley while he served in West Germany - an encounter that would ultimately change her life forever! From their initial meeting as friends and pen pals, they quickly fell madly in love, which continued even after his return to America for military service. Although it seemed like such a whirlwind romance at the time (they married just eight years later!), this couple has stood the test over six decades now, becoming widely known not just as two icons from history but also beloved figures within pop culture today.
Jean Shrimpton feeling groovy in the 1960s.
Jean Shrimpton was an English model and actress who quickly rose to fame in the 1960s with iconic looks that embodied a sense of femininity, freedom, and fun. She could often be seen wearing bright colors which accentuated her natural beauty - giving off such vibes as if she had just stepped out of a time machine from 1965!
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1970s.
The 1970s saw the emergence of a new sound in music: Southern Rock. One band that came to define this genre was Lynyrd Skynyrd whose powerful vocals and guitar riffs made them an instant classic amongst fans everywhere! The group could often be seen posing together for photographs both on stage or off, such as one taken around 1973 featuring all members sporting long hair – truly embodying what it meant to rock out during this era! To this day, images like these remain timeless reminders of why we continue loving bands from years gone by; providing us solace through their unique sounds even today.
Madonna posing for the camera in 1979.
In 1979, Madonna Louise Ciccone was just starting to make a name for herself in the music industry. Her bold and daring attitude paved the way for her success as she began experimenting with fashion, makeup, and hairstyles that had never been seen before. She also didn't shy away from posing provocatively for photographers - such as Richard Corman's classic photo of her leaning against an old car while wearing fishnet stockings and lace gloves.
Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie Ladyhawke, 1985.
In 1985, Michelle Pfeiffer graced the silver screen as Isabeau in Ladyhawke. In this classic fantasy movie, she stars alongside Rutger Hauer and Matthew Broderick - with her character being a beautiful but mysterious woman who is caught up in an ancient curse that prevents them from ever touching each other during daylight hours. Throughout this romantic adventure, we get to witness both their strength of spirit and unconditional love for one another – making it yet another timeless performance by Michelle Pfeiffer that will never be forgotten!
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins stand in front of the Apollo 11 Saturn 5 in 1969.
On July 16, 1969, the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins began their historic mission to land on the moon. The trio of astronauts was photographed standing proudly next to a Saturn 5 rocket - which would take them further than any human had ever gone before! This picture has since become an iconic part of space exploration history – reminding us all that with courage and determination, anything is possible.
Pattie Boyd and hubby George Harrison rocking some groovy sunglasses in the 60s.
In the 1960s, Pattie Boyd and hubby George Harrison were the epitome of cool. While they were taking the music world by storm, they also had a knack for rocking the latest fashion trends. One of the most iconic looks of the '60s was a pair of groovy sunglasses. Whether they were aviators, cat-eyes, or the ever-popular wayfarers, Pattie and George knew how to rock these shades with aplomb. From the Woodstock concert to the streets of London, the couple was never seen without their signature sunglasses. The look was a perfect blend of style and sophistication, which was in line with their music. Even today, when talking about the '60s, people often bring up the decade's look, and Pattie and George's sunglasses remain a lasting symbol of the era.
R2-D2 and C-3PO visit Sesame Street in 1979.
In 1979, Sesame Street was visited by two of the most famous droids in the galaxy - R2-D2 and C-3PO! The duo made their way onto the show in an episode called "Star Wars on Sesame Street". The episode was an instant hit and featured the beloved characters interacting with Big Bird and the gang. Kids around the world were thrilled to see their favorite Star Wars characters come to life on the small screen. R2-D2 and C-3PO were a perfect fit for the show, bringing a sense of adventure and excitement to the beloved street. The episode was a huge success and is even remembered today as one of the most iconic and memorable moments from Sesame Street.
Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver, 1976.
In 1976, Robert De Niro was at the top of his craft, and his performance in Taxi Driver was one of the most iconic of the decade. He was known for his method acting style, and his look for the role was essential to his performance. On the set of Taxi Driver, he was often seen wearing a black leather jacket and a pair of aviator sunglasses. This look was a perfect representation of the character he was playing, and it was a look that was full of attitude and grit. Even today, De Niro's look from the movie is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '70s.
Robert Mitchum reading on set in the 50s, and looks great doing so!
In the 1950s, Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and his films were some of the most acclaimed of the decade. While he was on set, he was often seen with a book in hand, and it was this image of him that became so iconic. He was known for his cool and relaxed demeanor, and his love for reading was a perfect representation of that. He was often photographed in a crisp white shirt, a pair of slacks, and a pair of glasses, looking every bit the intelligent and sophisticated man he was. Even today, Mitchum's look while reading on set is remembered as one of the most stylish and timeless looks of the era.
Ron Howard and Pat Morita on the set of Happy Days, 1974.
In 1974, Ron Howard and Pat Morita were hard at work on the set of the classic sitcom Happy Days. The show was an instant hit and the duo was a perfect match. Both actors had a unique style that was reflective of their characters, and they were the ideal representation of '50s cool. Even today, their look from the show is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade.
Sharon Stone, photographed by George Hurrell in 1987.
In 1987, Sharon Stone was photographed by renowned Hollywood photographer George Hurrell. The pictures taken were genuinely iconic and captured Stone's beauty and grace in a way no one had seen before. The look perfectly represented Stone's classic style and timeless beauty. Even today, her look from the shoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '80s.
She's Got Legs!! A young Lady Diana Spencer playing tennis barefoot in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, a young Lady Diana Spencer was often seen playing tennis at her family's estate. She was often photographed playing the game, and she was known for her love of doing things barefoot. She was often seen wearing a crisp white shirt and a pair of shorts, her long curly hair cascading down her back. This look was a perfect representation of her free-spirited nature and her sense of style. Even today, Lady Diana's barefoot tennis look is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the era.
Sophia Loren posing for a few photographers, 1960s.
In the 1960s, Sophia Loren was a style icon, and her career was in full swing. She was often seen posing for a few photographers, and the pictures taken were truly iconic. She had already starred in several films and was becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Even today, her look from the photoshoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade.
The beautiful Jacqueline Bisset, 1970s.
In the 1970s, Jacqueline Bisset was a sultry and sophisticated star. She was often seen wearing a simple black dress with a pair of statement earrings and her signature long locks cascading down her back. This look was a perfect representation of her timeless style and her effortless beauty. Even today, her look from the '70s is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the era.
Video vixen Tawny Kitaen and David Coverdale of Whitesnake also attended the same VMAs back in 1987.
Back in 1987, the MTV Video Music Awards were the talk of the town. All the decade's biggest stars were in attendance, including video vixen Tawny Kitaen and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. It was a glamorous affair, and Tawny and David were no exception. It was a night to remember for both of them and for music fans everywhere. The VMAs that year featured some of the most memorable performances of the decade, and Tawny and David were right in the middle of it all. Even today, it's impossible to talk about the '80s without mentioning the iconic looks of these two stars.
Womens groovy fashion finds in the 60s.
The 1960s were a time of revolution and change, and women's fashion was no exception. From bold colors and patterns to mini skirts and go-go boots, the '60s were a period of experimentation and creativity. Women embraced the fashion of the era, wearing bright colors and bold prints. Women also loved to accessorize with statement jewelry and bold sunglasses. The result was a look that was both daring and glamorous, a perfect combination for the decade. Even today, when people think of the '60s, they often think of the groovy fashion finds that women were wearing. From the Beatles-inspired style to the mod look of the era, '60s fashion remains a beloved part of the decade.
Dovima and Patchett, bus-top modeling
These two daring models were among the most well-known of their era. Dovima was discovered in 1949 and Patchett a year prior, and both were featured on the covers of Vogue early in their modeling careers. They retired from modeling in 1964 and 1963 respectively and went on to lead quiet lives.
Patchett married Louis Auer, a Yale-educated banker, in 1951. She enjoyed cooking so much that she refused to work before 10 am or after 4:30 pm. For her, retirement meant more time to bask in domestic bliss.
Dovima gave birth to a daughter named Allison on July 14, 1958, and moved to Florida to be near her parents in the 1970s.