Timeless Images Offer Unforgettable Glimpse Into The Past
Unpublished photo of 21 year old Madonna, 1979 💋
Before she was the Queen of Pop, and even before she was like a virgin, Madonna was just a young woman living in Bay City, Michigan. A middle child of six, she was often left to her own devices and dreamed of doing something that would take her away from Michigan.
Her mother passed away when she was only five years old, leaving her to as the oldest girl in the house. It wasn't easy for the young Madonna, but she made the most of her life. She later explained that she threw herself into her studies because she wanted to make something of herself. She didn't gain her rebellious streak until her father remarried.
Rebellious should have a pair of scare quotes around it. Madonna admits that she got deeper into her studies, and avoided her father and stepmother as much as possible by getting deeply into ballet. Eventually she earned a dance scholarship to University of Michigan, it was her first chance to escape.
A pretty and young Sally Field in 1975
Can you imagine a world where Sally Field wasn't one of the most famous people on the planet? Well that's what life was like in the early '70s. At the time she was mostly known for playing Gidget and the Flying Nun. Both of those shows were hits, but they didn't make Sally Field an It Girl or anything.
The one-two punch that proved Sally Field had what it took to make her a star was 1976's Sybil and the next year's Smokey and the Bandit. While those films are completely opposite one another they show her entire range of talent. She's super dramatic and all over the place in Sybil, and she got to be sexy and funny in Smokey. It really was a win-win.
Those two films opened up the world to Sally Field and from there on out everyone knew her name.
During high school, Madonna was already on her way to stardom even if she didn't know how she was going to make it big. This photo was taken during the production of The Egg. The Super 8 film looks like something that John Waters made on an off day, which is honestly really cool.
This video may be the most artsy thing that Madonna has ever done, and the video shows her spitting up eggs, rubbing them on her face, and then yeah, she has an egg fried on her stomach. It's a classic student film. The whole video, icky as it may be, is a template for Madonna's career. Essentially, if you want to get super famous you have to be ready to have a raw egg cooked on your bare stomach.
The girls of Private School was part of a generation that were way less inhibited than you may already know 😍
In 1983, Private School exposed the world of high school in a way that no film had up until that point. As one of the earliest sex comedies of the era, Private School followed in the footsteps of Porky's and showed that girls could be just as raunchy as boys. The film stars a who's who of young talent including Phoebe Cates, Matthew Modine, and Betsy Russell (one of the most underrated actresses of the modern horror genre).
Russell has one of the hardest jobs in the film, not only does she have to ride a horse but she has to do it without a top. According to Russell she didn't really think anything of the scene, she just did it because she knew that it would be important. She explained:
I did Private School because I knew it would get my foot in the movie door. It got me started in the right direction. I knew what I was getting into when I accepted the part. I wasn't really self-conscious doing the scene because I have no hang-ups about my body... My generation had a different attitude about our bodies. We were more open and less inhibited. But it doesn't mean our values or morals were any less worthwhile than our parents.
Chilling photo of Charles Bronson and his wife, English actress, Jill Ireland, 1971 in Santa Monica, California 🌴🌴
While this couple was one of the more steady partnerships in Hollywood, the dark, gloomy look of this photo is an apt look at the hardships they faced towards the end of their nearly 20 year romance.
Much of their time together was spent going from set to set with their children. Bronson made sure that Ireland had a role in as many of his films as possible and it was was important to them to keep their family together so wherever they went so did their kids.
Theres was an idyllic relationship until Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. She wrote two books about her diagnosis and passed away in 1990 at the family's home in Malibu. Her ashes were placed in a cane that Bronson kept with him until his death in 2003, he was buried with it following his passing.
A very happy day... Al Gore and Bill Clinton in short shorts eating MacDonalds in 1992, about 3 years before 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Bill started their secret relationship 🍔
Is there anything that says "1990s" like the leaders of the free world jogging from MacDonald's in short shorts? There's just something about this shot that sums up the whole era. It's both overly familiar and totally uncool. Honestly how cool can you be when you tuck your t-shirt into your running shorts?
Clinton and Gore really made a meal out of their early morning runs during their first term, and it's great that they were being healthy but wouldn't it have been great if they were wearing something less... skin tight?
Three years after this photo made news, Clinton entered an illicit affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When Clinton's Oval Office infidelity was revealed in 1997, it overshadowed the rest of his time in office. After denying the allegations, Clinton finally admitted his "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky. While speaking about his infidelity with the New York Times in 2020, the former president stated that he began the relationship to take his mind off of his duties as leader of the free world. He explained:
Nobody sits down and thinks, ‘I think I’ll take a really irresponsible risk.’ It’s bad for my family, bad for my country, bad for the people who work with me... You feel like you’re staggering around — you’ve been in a 15-round prizefight that was extended to 30 rounds, and here’s something that’ll take your mind off it for a while. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments and terrors, fears of whatever, things I did to manage my anxieties for years.
Tanya Roberts, 1982
Has anyone ever worn a loincloth as well as Tanya Roberts? Maybe Christopher Lambert but that's neither here nor there. Roberts has long been a staple of b-movies and genre films, but it's impossible to forget her work on Charlie's Angels and A View To A Kill. In fact, out of all the Bond women she's the one who popped up in the most interesting of places while she was alive.
Roberts knew that she would be facing an up hill battle if she took the role in A View To A Kill, but she knew she would regret it forever if she never appeared in a Bond film. Wouldn't you want to be a part of that legacy? She told the Daily Mail about her mental back and forth before agreeing to take the film:
I sort of felt like every girl who'd ever been a Bond Girl had seen their career go nowhere, so I was a little cautious. I remember I said to my agent, 'No one ever works after they get a Bond movie' and they said to me, 'Are you kidding? Glen Close would do it if she could.' and I thought to myself, well you can have regrets if you wish, but what's the point? At the time I didn't know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn that role down, really?
Caroline Munro is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s
Few actresses have flitted between worlds as well as Caroline Munro. Throughout her career she jumped from genre films like Dracula 1972 A.D. and Starcrash to legit films like the Spy Who Loved Me and she never missed a beat. Her performances never felt like she was phoning it in even when she was sharing the screen with David Hasselhoff while wearing a leather bikini.
While speaking with Den of Geek, Munro explained that she was able to keep her performances so straight forward and spot on throughout her impressive filmography because she saw it all as work, no matter whether she was in a Hammer Horror Film or a picture with Roger Moore:
I don’t think seeing myself in those posters and in photos is something that really connects as part of my own life, and the life of my family. I mean, I recognize myself, of course, but it’s not really part of my own world. The photos don’t represent who I am, really. It’s work.
Jacqueline Bisset, 1970s
We often hear about "journeyman actors," those performers who go from role to role giving it all they've got, providing an Oscar caliber performance with just a few lines and looks. Jacqueline Bisset is one of those actors. She may be thought of as cheesecake for the viewers at home, but when you break down her filmography it's clear that she's a person who loves to work.
While speaking about filmmaking with Roger Ebert in in 1982, she explained that to her, working on a film isn't just showing up and looking pouty, it's forming a bond with the cast and crew that lasts long after the final cut. She said:
I work hard, and I tend to play hard. I very seldom rest hard. When I am working on a movie, all I want to talk about is the movie. All I want to be with are the movie people. It's like a clan. If I'm asked to people's houses for dinner, I hate to go, because they'll talk about other things... and all I want to talk about is the movie. How a shot was shot. Whether it worked. I think it must sound to other people a lot like somebody discussing golf putts. It's very hard to be interested in a golf putt if it wasn't your putt.
The pretty Sharon Tate modeling a Betsey Johnson dress
No matter how beautiful Sharon Tate looks in a photo or in her films there's always going to be a sadness with her. Cut down before she even hit her prime by the hopped up crazies in the Manson family, Tate just wanted to create a family, something that she was in the middle of doing in August 1969 when Tex Watson and a few Manson girls broke into their mansion.
At the time, Tate was married to Roman Polanski, a director whose star was only rising following the release in Rosemary's Baby. He was primed to take Hollywood by storm and to raise a beautiful family with Tate, but that never came to pass. Following Tate's murder Polanski fell into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol, and Tate became the poster girl for the end of the hippie generation.
Raquel Welch in a publicity photo for the movie Hannie Caulder (1971)
In the early '70s, Raquel Welch could do anything she wanted but rather than take basic roles that just focused on her looks she took a bunch of left turns and off-kilter roles that make her career all the more interesting.
With Haunie Caulder Welch took the role of the western wife but she turned it on its head. Following the loss of her entire family she picks up a gun and employs a bounty hunter to help get her revenge.
Following her work in the '60s, Welch made it a point to take on roles like this. Her turns in Myra Breckinridge and Kansas City Bomber, along with Hannie Caulder, took her from a bombshell to a legit character actress. This role was Welch taking her career into her own hands.
The grooviness of Dawn Wells in 1970
Even if she never took another role, even if she disappeared off the planet after 1967, her role as Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island made her a sensation. She was the apple in the eye of every teen and pre-teen boy and she helped create the question: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann?
Even though there was a versus quality to these two characters and actors, that wasn't the case between the women behind the roles: Dawn Wells and Tina Louise. After Wells' untimely death in 2020, Louise spoke out abould the kindness Wells showed her while they were working on the show. She wrote:
I will always remember Dawn’s kindness to me. We shared in creating a cultural landmark that has continued to bring comfort and smiles to people during this difficult time. I hope that people will remember her the way that I do — always with a smile on her face.
Actress Pamela Hensley known for the movie Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 1979
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century shouldn't have happened. It was over the top, it was camp, and it was absolutely bonkers. Created by Glen A. Larsen, the guy behind Battlestar Gallactica, the series was another big budget science fiction series for ABC, a type of show that they weren't known for succeeding at in the 70s. Unfortunately the series was canceled after two seasons. We would have loved to spend more time with Princess Ardala.
Actress Susan Dey, 1972
Susan Dey has come a long way from her early years singing on The Partridge Family. Dey rarely talks about her time on the show, some of which likely stems from not wanting to talk about a thing she made when she was a teenager, but also because at the time she was in capital L love with star David Cassidy.
Everyone on set knew that Dey had a massive crush on Cassidy, even co-star and Cassidy's real life stepmother tried to dissuade Dey from following through with the romance, but she didn't listen. Dey had to watch as Cassidy flirted with fans and hooked up with girls in his trailer, something that really destroyed her for a while.
Dey and Cassidy have since made up, sort of. He wrote about hooking up with her in his memoir and she didn't go nuclear on him, so that's something, right?
Barbi Benton, 1970s
The '70s were great because someone like Barbi Benton could be famous. This isn't too say that Benton never had the star quality of her peers on television, but she was able to go from a model working with Hugh Hefner and turn that into career as a television personality.
Because Benton was only sort of famous she was able to appear on shows like Fantasy Island and The Love Boat multiple times while also popping up as herself on The Sonny & Cher Show and releasing multiple country albums. Benton more or less retired in 1990 and now she lives the good life with her family... and that's how you win the fame game.
Has there ever been anyone cooler than Debbie Harry? The answer is no. Harry and her band Blondie turned punk music upside down with their disco and pop inspired anthems that showed audiences that you didn't have to play as fast as possible to be tough. That you could be sultry and fun and still be interesting.
As different as Blondie is from the rest of the New York bands from the late '70s, Harry emphasizes the fact that none of the bands really sounded the same, and that it took Blondie a few years to find their sound:
We were very minimal when we started, very rough-edged. So, in that respect, we fit in. But I think every band was totally different and that was kind of curious for the scene... Blondie maybe wasn’t as fully developed as those bands were. But we all had the same kind of philosophy, and that’s more what the punk period was about—wanting change, having a more urban kind of sensibility and some weird kind of wit.
Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazard
It's impossible to separate Catherine Bach from Daisy Duke, the denim short wearing cousin who can drive just as fast as them Duke Boys while looking ten times as better. However, as Bach would say it she was nothing like what the producers initially wanted.
While casting The Dukes of Hazzard producers were searching for a "Dolly Parton type," something that Bach doesn't really fit. She told Fox:
It’s funny because around that time, my agency had fired me and I hadn’t gone out in an interview for two years. According to them, I was too exotic looking... My husband at the time was very connected with show business and worked with Bob Clark, who was writing with the show’s creator, Gy Waldron. He must have told him my stories because Bob called me and said, 'I’m working on this project and I’ve been thinking about you. I bring you up about your stories. I would love for you to try out for this role, Daisy Duke...' After I did my reading during the audition, there was total silence. I thought, 'Oh no, they didn’t like what I did.' Then everyone, we’re talking about 30 people, got up and started clapping. They just connected with my vision of how this part should be played. Two weeks later I was on a plane to Georgia.
Charlotte Rampling back in the '70s showing off some leg
This star of the swinging '60s may be an English rose but she it's Italian cinema that thrust her into the spotlight. With Sardinia Kidnapped and Georgy Girl, both filmed in Italy, she found international success that made her a must cast dramatic actress.
So why would a model like Rampling leave England to work in Italy? She said that she just needed to get out of the county:
Italy is the most wonderful country to work in. They so love beauty and they so love what they’re doing, they so love the actual art of filmmaking. I don’t think Fellini’s films or Visconti’s films ever made any money. They just did it for the grand, operatic feeling. It was so different from the way the English and the Americans were working, there was such passion. And me coming from a rather cold Protestant family, I woke up! That was the beginning of things for me, really.
Deidre Hall may be best known for her role as Dr. Marlena Evans on the soap Days of Our Lives, a role she took on 1976
In the 1970s, if you were on a soap opera you were basically a rock star and Deidre Hall was definitely a rock star. As Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives, Hall lived through some of the craziest storylines that viewers could imagine: she fell in love, she broke up couples, and she was possessed by a demon.
As crazy as that sounds, possession was hot in the '70s thanks to The Exorcist so it made perfect sense that Hall would end up floating with freakydeaky eyes on daytime TV. According to Hall, she wasn't sure about the concept but had faith in Days of Our Lives writer Jim Reilly:
I just thought, you know what, Jim is a devout Catholic. And this is a thing — it's a passion project for him. And I thought it would be safe in his hands. So the only thing that I said at that point was, I would like to make sure that we do it well, that we really reached in deep and we put the money and the time and the effort into it, and so we do it well. And they did and it was magnificent.
In 1978, Jayne Kennedy broke into the male-dominated world of professional football when she became the first female sportscaster on NFL Today
Jayne Kennedy didn't just break through the glass ceiling to become the first sportscaster for the NFL, she smashed through it with a hammer and never looked back. But when the job opportunity to audition for the job was offered to her she was certain that she wasn't going to be talking football with the players. She explained:
Sports had always been a huge part of my life. I knew I could do the job, and I knew it would have been a passion project for me: to be able to work with all of these sports figures who had been my heroes. I managed to convince the head of sports talent for CBS out of New York to give me an audition. When I walked in, there were 15 girls there with blond hair and blue eyes, and then there was me. I said 'Here we go again. I’m never going to get this job, I’m not what they’re looking for.'
Jaclyn Smith in the early 1970s
As one of the first three cast members on Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith had the uphill battle and good luck of being on the ground floor of one of the most beloved series of all time.
While the rest of her co-stars came and went over the course of five years, Smith stuck around for the entire run of the series, something that she wanted to do because of the way that the series promoted pure girl power. She told The Hollywood Reporter:
Really, Charlie's was Aaron. He liked bright, happy, popping. He said it was 'mind candy.' It wasn't meant to be Shakespeare... The lighting was not shadows and moody. Get into their faces, get into their eyes, really look at these girls... [Critics] gave us no value... [Our characters] were emotionally and financially independent. We were making our way. We were strong — we did a lot of our stunts. We had each other's backs. I never thought of it as we were exploited in any way.
Linda Ronstadt in the '70s
Sure, Linda Ronstadt has hits on hits on hits from the '70s and '80s, but aside from her powerful voice and amazing ability to take any song given to her and make it soar she also had an extreme eye for talent.
As the leader of the Stone Poneys and later her own solo group, Rondstadt employed both Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and she even had a hand in the duo working with Jackson Browne on their hit "Take It Easy." It's not every day that an artist is both uber talented and magnanimous with their talented friends.
Rondstadt is absolutely one in a million, and we're lucky that we were able to experience her amazing rise to fame.
Loni Anderson as Jennifer Marlowe, the intelligent and sexy receptionist on WKRP in Cincinnati. She played the role from 1978 to 1982
WKRP in Cincinnati was a weirder show than we give it credit for. The series followed the quirky DJs at a radio station, something that no other sitcom was focused on putting on the air. It turned out that a lot of people wanted to watch the day to day office goofs of a bunch of music fans - and they really wanted to see what Jennifer Marlowe was up to.
Presented as a blonde bimbo, Loni Anderson turned the character into the glue that held the series togeter. She was secretly sly and she knew how to use her looks to her advantage to get the job done. Most importantly she was a laugh riot.
Anderson's work on the show paved the way for hilarious beauties like Lake Bell and Erin Haynes who both cranked up Anderson's sultry physical comedy to its extremes in the 2000s.
Marilu Henner In The '70s For Playing Elaine O'Connor Nardo on the TV show Taxi
Taxi is easily one of the greatest sitcoms that's ever come out of the 20th century. Not only does it still hold up, but it introduced audiences to some of the funniest character actors of the day while laying the template for every sitcom, successful or not, that followed.
Henner wasn't like the rest of the cast of Taxi. Aside from being one of the few women on the show she also happened to be drop dead gorgeous, something that made her extremely recognizable. Henner says that she enjoyed the fame that came with the series, but wished that she could be on the show without all the accolades. She told Roger Ebert:
Sometimes, though, I wish they would ignore me. Sometimes I look like myself, and sometimes I go out of the house looking like a mess and when, people ask me if I'm Marilu Henner I'm ashamed to admit it. In the grocery store the other day, I just said, No, but thanks for the compliment. I think she's very attractive.
Model Jerry Hall partying at Studio 54 in the 1970s. (Photo by Helmut Newton)
For a few brief years in the 1970s, Studio 54 was THE place to be no matter who you were. It didn't matter if someone was famous or not, if they were in Studio 54 they were someone.
It wasn't out of the ordinary for regular people, or regular people for the New York club scene to run elbows all night with the likes of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger and not think twice about it. That's what made Studio 54 so cool, if you were there it meant you were someone.
Stevie Nicks back in the 1970s
In the 1970s, there was Stevie Nicks and then there was everyone else. Not only was she the witchy frontwoman of Fleetwood-Mac, but she had a kind of mystique that you don't just get from being a singer or an actress.
Nicks brought something new to rock music in an era full of overblown stadium rock bands running on pure testosterone. The Mac was one of the most successful groups of the era, but thanks to the feminity of Nicks and keyboardist/singer/songwriter Christine McVie the group brought more nuance to their music than many of the other platinum groups of the era.
Even through the group's ups and downs they've managed to mystify listeners with their sun soaked, pop rock goodness, and we've got Nicks to thank for leading the way.
Beautiful British actress Jane Seymour in the early 1970s
Jane Seymour has always been in her prime. This gorgeous English actress who's been acting since the 1970s never seems to slow down and she never seems to age. We don't know how she continues to find the energy to keep working the way she does, but we do know how she keeps looking so young - an intense skin care routine, baby.
While speaking with People Magazine she was open about the care she puts into making her skin look as youthful as it did when she was just getting started in the industry, and she explained why she's never had a facelift (and it's not the reason you think). She explained:
As of now, I have chosen not to have a facelift — but I have nothing against any of it, nothing. Almost everyone I know is doing it and they're really thrilled with the results. I think it's great, and if I felt that somebody could do something that wouldn't change my face, and I would have the results where I would look just like me, I would do it. I'm not saying I'd never do it, but I haven't done it yet.
Stevie Nicks, 1976
Even though Stevie Nicks changed the face of rock n roll and scored some of the biggest hits of the '70s, she still fell prey to the demons of excess found in her jet set lifestyle. Of course there was the serial dating of everyone in the band, but there was also the copious amounts of drugs on hand at every opportunity.
Sultry and enigmatic, Nicks' drug abuse began as a private escape from the whirlwind that followed The Mac everywhere they went. She and Christine McVie went so far as to buy their very own "beautiful coke bottles" that they wore everywhere they went for whenever they needed a bump. This cute partying spiraled out of control almost immediately.
Nicks' first step into the downward spiral of drug addiction happened at a party before the Rumours tour kicked off when she began a 48 hour binge that left her with her contact lenses fused to her eyes, nearly leaving her blind. Nicks escaped the holds of addiction, but it took her decades to leave the "beautiful coke bottles" behind.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher photographed by Terry O’Neill 🍒✨
When you're working closely with someone for years, even if you're pretending to be brother and sister, of course you're going to develop a natural chemistry - especially if that person is Carrie Fisher.
After Fisher passed away, Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill spoke about their affection for one another to the Guardian and admitted that the two made out at one point or another, but more than anything the two were friends who liked to hang out and walk their dogs together even though they had a kind of sort of romantic relationship for a brief period of time. He explained:
Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea [to get involved with someone on set]. But Carrie and I found pretexts. I remember one time – I’m sure alcohol was involved – we were talking about kissing techniques. I said: ‘Well, I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.’ And she said: ‘What do you mean?’ Well, next thing you know we’re making out like teenagers!
Freddie Mercury eating soup in bed with his cats, 1987.
When Freddie Mercury sings "you're my best friend" with that voice that could only come from rock royalty the listener assumes he's talking about one of his band members or even his ex-fiancé. But it's just as likely that he was speaking about his cats.
Mercury absolutely loved his cats, so much so that when he was on tour he would call them from his hotel room so he could talk to them on the phone. Mercury's personal assistant explained how these feline phone calls went down:
He’d get to a hotel, we’d dial through and he really would talk to his cats. Mary [Austin] would hold Tom and Jerry in turn up to the receiver to listen to Freddie talking. This continued throughout the years with succeeding feline occupants of his houses.
A 16 year-old Wayne Gretzky playing for the Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds in the OHA. (1977-78)
The most fascinating stories from our past are those that involve just one or two people. They’re those moments that we’re able to put ourselves inside so we can ask if we’d handle a situation in the same way. When faced with the epic struggles as the people collected here, would we too change history for the better? Get excited to dive into photos and stories of the unsung heroes of the past like Boston Marathon runner Kathrine Switzer or the photographers who sought to beautify Poland after World War II.
There are also surreal looks at Salvador Dalí, and stories of presidents reaching across the aisle to pass the torch. These photos are sure to inspire and amaze, now read on!
The greatest hockey player of the 20th century had to get his start somewhere. As a young Canuck he was playing hockey from a young age, and by 1977 he was already rocking the ice like a pro twice his age. Supposedly Gretzky was such a skilled player as a young man that he was the ire of several parents who regularly booed him.
At the age of 16 Gretzky scored 72 points in 32 game while playing for the same team, topping his record of 60 points the previous year. In order to play for the Greyhounds Gretzky had to arrange to stay with family friends in order to live a somewhat normal life while playing as a 16 year old on a minor league team.
A rare photo of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde, 1933
Bonnie Parker joined up with lifelong criminal Clyde Barrow when she was only 19 years old. Their crime spree started when she smuggled a gun into the prison where Barrow was being held to help him escape. He was caught and sent back to jail, but was paroled in 1932. That’s when the real trouble began. The two stole a car, which resulted in a trip to the slammer for Parker.
Following her release in 1932, Bonnie and Clyde robbed a series of banks across the American south with a group of Barrow’s childhood friends. Even though they were definitely dangerous criminals, Bonnie and Clyde took on a mythological role in Americana who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.
Winnebago (now Ho-Chunk) family pose for a portrait, 1880.
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska are now federally recognized as the Ho-Chunk Native American tribe. The people of this first nations tribe lived in what’s now known as Wisconsin, and they were first encountered by Jean Nicolet, a French explorer who is most well known for exploring Lake Michigan.
The Ho-Chunk weren’t nomadic like many of the other tribes in the Americas. They stayed in dome shaped homes while growing squash, beans, and tobacco. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the Ho-Chunk began western expansion, moving to northwestern Illinois. As of 2019 there are only 10,000 members of the Ho-Chunk tribe alive.
$29.50, the cost of having a baby in 1943
If you’ve brought a child into the world recently, then you know that $29.50 is a steal for a trip to the hospital and a birth. Luckily the person who had a baby at the McKeesport Hospital didn’t travel to the emergency room via ambulance or the price could have skyrocketed to upwards of $35. All joking aside, due to inflation, $29.50 isn’t as cheap as it sounds.
As of 2019, $29.50 is about $435, which is still far below the average cost of having a baby - which Business Insider estimates is around $10,000. This photo shows a deal, but would you rather have a baby in 1943 or 2019?
Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery, 1968
Brigitte Bardot was a French triple-threat, born in Paris during the 1930’s. She sang, acted and modeled and eventually became one of the best known sex symbols the world would ever know. Early on in her life, she wanted to be a dancer, having been enrolled in ballet classes.
She would eventually give it up to become and actress at the young age of 16. By 1957, she was known around the world for appearing in the film ‘And God Created Woman’. She went on to star in several more French films, and was even nominated for a BAFTA award.
Despite her fame, Brigitte was under fire several times for ‘inciting racial hatred’ and even being reportedly fined five times.
Brigitte met actor Sean Connery while the two filmed the Western movie Shalako. Filmed in Spain, the movie followed Connery’s character on his quest while he saves Brigitte who played a damsel in distress. Despite the two stars being in the film, it was deemed not as successful as other Western films being made in Europe at the time.
Race organizers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston Marathon. She became the first woman to finish the race, 1967
Kathrine Switzer grew up as the daughter of a major in the United States Army, so failure was never really an option for her. While studying at Syracuse University one of her coaches told her that a “fragile woman” couldn’t run the Boston Marathon so she trained in secret and entered the race at number 261.
Rather than simply allow Switzer to run, multiple people who worked for the marathon totally freaked out and tried to physically pull her out of the race. When race official Jock Semple tried to remove her from the race, her boyfriend, a 235 pound nationally ranked hammer thrower who was also running the race pushed Semple to the ground. Switzer finished with a time of approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes
Just another day at work for Nikola Tesla as he takes notes in his laboratory.
Imagine being so ho hum about sitting beneath a giant explosion of electricity that you created. Nikola Tesla was a Croatian born scientist who immigrated to New York in 1884 and quickly began working as an engineer at Thomas Edison’s Manhattan headquarters. After Edison balked at paying $50,000 to Tesla for improving his DC dynamos Tesla struck out on his own.
In 1887 and 1888 he was granted more than 30 patents for his inventions, so what were his notes like? Many of his journals included drawings of his creations as well as detailed equations that are only understandable to Tesla himself - or other super geniuses.
A family in Texas in 1953 had a pet lion named Blondie. They never had any incidents with her and she died of old age
How jealous are you right now? What kid doesn’t want to have a pet lion that they can call their own? Blondie the lion belonged to Charles Hipp, an oil man from Graham, Texas. Rather than just buying a lion because he had aspirations to be a Bond villain, Hipp grew up in the circus, but started working in the oil industry during a boom in the 1930s.
After moving to the Dallas area, Hipp bought Blondie from the Dallas zoo when she was only one month old, and from then on she was a part of the family. She traveled with the family, went on vacations with them, and she even went to the movies. Blondie lived with the family until she passed away from old age in 1968.
When The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie' Topped FBI's Most Dangerous Song Chart
“These morons have gone too far” has to be one of the greatest reviews that any rock n roll band can get. The song was first released by Richard Berry in 1957, but when The Kingsmen released their raucous version in 1963 it took the world by storm. In 1964 the FBI launched an investigation into the lyrics after a parent wrote to Robert Kennedy, terrified of what the Kingsmen might be saying.
The Bureau investigated The Kingsmen without ever looking into the original version of the song, or consulting the lyrics that they had on hand in the US Copyright Office. In the end, the FBI determined that the lyrics were “unintelligible at any speed.”
People on the Coney Island Rotor Ride before it was shut down for safety issues in the 1950s.
There’s more to a carnival than fairway games and funnel cake – for many young people in the 1950s the fun of a fair was the allure of a new ride. The rotor ride is one of those fascinating and stomach churning whirls that it’s impossible to imagine getting a pass from any kind of safety commission.
Invented in the late 1940s by German engineer Ernst Hoffmeister, The Rotor was also known as the “Devil’s Hole," and it spun its patrons around at two rotations per second, slamming its riders against the walls with the power of gravity. Even though it seems like this kind of thing would be outlawed, you can find a modern version of the Rotor, usually called “The Gravitron,” at carnivals across the country.
Benjamin Franklin's daily routine that he wrote when he was 20 years-old. (1726)
Ben Franklin was one of the most ridiculously accomplished people who ever lived, and while he was known for putting many traditions in place that Americans still honor, one of his most interesting habits was recording his daily rituals. His daily routine is ostensibly a calendar of sorts, albeit one that shows how a genius works.
From this routine it looks as if Franklin never slept more than four hours a night, and that his main goal in life had little to do with work and more to do with examining his life and making sure that he did something good every day.
A butcher's shop in High Wycombe, England. (1938)
If you’re trying to figure out what to have for dinner tonight, get yourself to High Wycombe, England for your choice of cuts, from pork, to beef, and entire chickens. The 1930s were still a time before everyone had access to a refrigerator and freezer, and long before there was a super market in every town, which means that a daily trip to the butcher was a necessity to most families.
This may seem like a gratuitous amount of meat to be hanging outside of a shop, but it’s likely that most of the cuts would be gone by the end of the day.
Carlos Ray (Chuck) Norris enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1958.
Before he was a karate master or a Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris was a member of the United States Air Force where he worked as an Air Policeman at the Osan Air Base, South Korea. While he was in South Korea Norris became interested Tang Soo Do and started his martial arts training. Upon his return to the states he began working on what would come to be called Chun Kuk Do, or “Universal Way.”
As Norris was attaining a black belt in Tang Soo Do and working on his own form of martial arts he was still serving in the military. Upon his return to the US he continued working as an Air Policeman at March Air Force Base in California until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
How'd you like to do this tedious job? An operator in Chicago announces the time every 15 seconds in 1928.
Beginning in the 1920s there was a service that anyone could call, day or night, rain or shine, to find out what time it was. Their motto should have been: “If you don’t have a watch but have a dime, give us a call and you’ll know the time.”
When the service was in its infancy a person was hired to sit in front of two clocks and read the time live every 15 seconds. Thankfully recordings saved the time person from the most tedious job ever, and in 2007 one of the final telephone time-announcement services shut down for good.
Kids making copies on a mimeograph machine (or stencil duplicator) at school, 1960.
By the 1960s there were a few different options for copying a document or a print, but when you wanted to make an exact copy of something but didn’t have a lot of time or money then you used a Mimeograph. These students are going through the motions of the rudimentary printing machine that was first invented in 1886.
The Mimeograph uses a stencil made from a waxed mulberry paper or from an immersion coated fibre paper. Basically, the stencil was wrapped around the paper and ink was squeegeed onto the “file,” making a mostly exact copy. It’s almost exactly like using a stencil to spray paint your name except far more detailed.
Moments before a Nazi General is executed
Following the end of World War II the Nazis were put on trial in Nuremberg, the same city that played host to many of their pre-war rallies. The trials were helmed by the victorious four Allied powers (France, Britain, the US, the USSR) who operated under a strict set of rules for prosecuting the war criminals.
Even though differences between the US and Soviet prosecutors were numerous, the Allies managed to convict twenty of the twenty-three defendants, with eleven of the defendants condemned to death. On October 16 1946 all of the defendants except for Hermann Goring were hanged. Goring escaped his penalty by eating cyanide capsule the previous evening.
The Beatles and their sons.
Even though it makes perfect sense that a child looks like their parents, it’s still weird when sons and fathers look so similar. Like their fathers, the young Beatle boys have picked up instruments, and you’ve definitely seen some of them play even you don’t know it. Ringo’s lad, Zak Starkey has followed in his father’s footsteps. He’s sat behind the drums for some of England’s biggest bands, including Oasis.
James McCartney is a rock musician in England who’s tossed around the idea of the other Beatle children getting together at the Cavern Club to twist and shout as a group of young Beatles. Sean Lennon is the most visible of the Beatle children, and he’s rocked with everyone from Cibo Matto to Les Claypool, and even his mother, Yoko Ono. Dhani Harrison has played on a ton of records with a wide variety of artists ranging from the Wu-Tang Clan to ELO.
The Medieval Eltz Castle located in Wierschem, Germany, has been owned and occupied by the same branch of family for over 850 years, or 33 generations to be exact
Down this cobblestone path stands one of the most breathtaking sights in the world - Eltz Castle. Located in Münstermaifeld, Germany, Eltz Castle is surrounded by the Elzbach River making it a destination for tourists who want to get the same gorgeous view that’s Germans have been seeing for generations.
While a house was originally on the land in 9th century, construction of the castle began in 1470 and was finished around 1520, but that wasn’t the end of construction on the Eltz property. Each member of the family who’s taken on ownership has added something to the castle, be it a hall or a 10 story house. In the late 19th century the castle was fully restored by Count Karl zu Eltz, and in 2009 even more restoration went underway in order to preserve this gorgeous piece of architecture.
Walt Disney shows a cat his Mickey Mouse drawing, 1931.
Mickey Mouse, the cheerful cartoon mouse, has gone through many changes since his inception as a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - an early Disney studio creation. Initially, Mickey was a simple drawing of a mouse with large black dots for eyes - something that would stick for years to come. By 1931 Mickey was moving up the cartoon animal food chain.
Fritz the Cat disappeared from the public consciousness, Mickey was joined by his dog Pluto in The Moose Hunt. A year later, Mickey received his first Academy Award nomination for Mickey's Orphans, and Walt Disney received an honorary Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse.
The actors underneath the Ewok masks for Return of the Jedi, circa 1982
The guys who played the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi were the real heroes of the Star Wars franchise. Not only did they bring these cute creatures to life, but they spent a 12 hour shooting day in these stuffy costumes that could not have been comfortable. There were two casts of 66 little people in total who gave life to the furry creatures, half of them in England and another half that performed the exteriors in Crescent City, CA.
According to People, the helmets that the actors had to wear weren’t fully articulated, which gave the creatures a strange, “wooden” look. Still the Ewoks are some of the cutest creatures from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Jerry Garcia in front of the Grateful Dead’s “Wall of Sound”, 1974.
The Grateful Dead’s “Wall of Sound” wasn’t metaphorical or even sarcastic, it was a legitimate wall of speakers that the group took along with them from show to show in order to rock their audiences as hard as possible. The ever-growing PA system would come to weigh more than 70 tons, and contain hundreds of amps and speakers that stood over three stories tall and 100 feet wide.
In the late ‘60s, live sound ran the risk of becoming muddy if it was too loud, which is why a massive sound system like this was created. With a growing number of musicians in the band, all angling to be heard. The wall wasn’t perfect, but by creating a wall of speakers that worked on different frequencies the band and their merry group of audiophiles started an audio revolution that changed the way we hear live music.
A walking library lady going around London in the 1930s.
It couldn’t have been easy to carry around an entire personal library on your back all day long, even if it was only about 20 books. The books and the wooden carrying case has to be an intense burden on ones back, which is likely why someone so young decided to carry it out. A walking library tended to charge two pence per week per book, which was a pretty good deal if you couldn’t afford anything new.
There were many different kinds of mobile libraries through the ages, but it’s unclear if anyone other than this enterprising young woman was hopping through foggy London with a stack of books on her back.
The construction of Madison Square Garden in New York, 1966.
Madison Square Garden has been built many times over, but the third time was the charm. In 1960 the rights to build the new stadium was purchased from the Pennsylvania Railroad and the original Penn Station was demolished in order to get construction under way. At the time the most amazing part of the new building was its 26 ton oval construction ring. The New York Times reported:
There will be no obstructed views… because the seating arrangement is oval, spectators in the end balcony are closer to the playing surface than those in the top-most seats along the sidelines.
Bobbi Gibb was sent a disqualifying letter saying women weren't physiologically able to run a marathon. Disguised in a hoodie and her brother's bermuda shorts she finished ahead of 2/3rds of male runners
In 1966, Bobbi Gibb made a decision that changed the face of pro-am racing forever. That year, women weren’t yet allowed to run the Boston Marathon - a 26.2 mile race - so Gibb donned her brother’s jogging clothes and a blue hoodie in order to mask her identity. After taking a three day and four night bus ride from San Diego to Boston, Gibb was ready to run.
She’d been training for two years up until the starting pistol went off. As soon as the race started she took off, and as the men around her realized she was a woman they encouraged her to keep pushing. Gibb finished in three hours, twenty-one minutes and forty seconds, before two-thirds of the runners.
The Tin Man at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1939.
When the annual Thanksgiving parade was first introduced, it was a simple affair that took place in Newark, New Jersey. Started by Louis Bamberger, the parade was made up of employees who marched through the streets in colorful costumes. After the tradition was moved to Macy’s in New York City it became a much bigger deal - both in size and in the way it was carried out.
Balloons and floats were introduced, by the ‘30s the parade started to look a little more like the Macy’s Day Parade everyone knows and loves. This Tin Man balloon was followed by the Wicked Witch of the West on a small float.
The Three Stooges in the film, "Three Little Beers" (1935)
The Three Beers was one of the few Three Stooges films that took the comedy trio out of their comfortable sound stages and into the open air. The film sees the Stooges working for the Panther Pilsner Beer company as delivery men. They end up at the Rancho Golf Club where they end up goofing off as only they can.
They filmed on the actual Rancho Golf Course on Pico Boulevard, and in one off of Echo Park Avenue in Los Angeles. If you live in the area you can still visit a few of the locations, although they look nothing like they did when the Stooges were running amuck.
"Girls in Windows" by photographer Ormond Gigli in 1960, there's 43 women in the photograph.
Taken in 1960 by Ormond Gigli, “Girls in Windows” was snapped completely off the cuff. The photo was snapped on New York’s East 58th Street and even though Gigli was a photographer for Time and LIFE, he took this picture for posterity when he noticed a brownstone in his neighborhood being torn down. He told Time:
I had a brownstone [studio] that was right across from it on East 58th Street, and I look out the window one day and I see that they are tearing down the brownstones opposite me – they were old and no one was in them… I had a great staff there [at my studio], so I’m discussing it with my studio manager – if we could get the frames out of the windows, we could shoot a girl in each window. So I had my studio manager go to talk the head demolition guy, and he said ‘yes, but you have to put my wife in the shot!’
The next day during the demolition crew’s lunch hour a group of models and friends showed up in their own clothing and Gigli snapped this amazing photo.
“I don't care that they stole my idea. I care that they don't have any of their own.” - Nikola Tesla
Even though Tesla is now known as one of the most important inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries, at the time when he was working he was nearly in poverty, with many of his inventions and ideas stolen - or at the very least used without Tesla’s permission - by Thomas Edison. It’s believed that Edison nabbed many of Tesla’s inventions when the former inventor worked at Edison’s invention factory, a place were Edison oversaw production of items and then took credit for them.
That being said, the myth that Tesla died penniless because of Edison isn’t true. Tesla was able to bring AC power to America after teaming up with George Westinghouse, and he made a lot of money off of his patent, although he inevitably fell out of favor with his wealthy benefactors for being quite difficult.
“I don’t do drugs, I am drugs.” -Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Salvador Dalí is one of the most interesting kooks that was ever gifted to the planet. As an artist, Dalí experimented in a variety of forms. He dabbled in cubism, realism, and even sculpture, although he’s most well known for his surrealist paintings that bend the mind and draw the eye. While living in Spain and France in the 1920s, Dalí’s work took on the look that his work would become famous for throughout the rest of his life.
Dalí wouldn’t truly become the super weird art world figure that everyone knows and loves until the 1930s when he teamed up with Luis Buñuel, an avant garde filmmaker who played a part in the painter going down his surreal rabbit hole.
12 year-old Muhammad Ali on the amateur boxing TV program, “Tomorrow’s Champions,” in 1954.
It’s likely that Muhammad Ali - then Cassius Clay - would never have become a boxer if it weren’t for someone stealing his beloved Schwinn bicycle. When he was only 12 years old a dastardly thief took off with it, and when the young boy reported the bike stolen he told the Louisville police officer that he would beat the thief to a pulp if he was ever found.
That officer was Joe Martin, a boxing trainer who saw something special in the young Clay. Martin took it upon himself to train the young Clay and in only six weeks the boy was duking it out in the ring. He won his first fight in a split decision.