Uncovering the Unexpected Side of History
By | February 10, 2023
A breathtaking Sophia Loren on the set of the film, "C'era Una Volta" in 1967.
Step back in time and prepare to be amazed by the unexpected side of history! The 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s were a time of change and cultural revolution, and these photos are sure to surprise and delight you with their hidden gems. From groovy fashion choices to quirky inventions, these images showcase a side of history that you may not have known existed.
Get ready to be transported back to a time of bobby socks, bell-bottoms, and Beatles mania as we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. These photos capture moments of pure whimsy and demonstrate just how far we've come since the days of rotary phones and black-and-white televisions. So sit back, relax, and let these images take you on a wild ride through the past.
In 1967, Sophia Loren was at the peak of her career as an actress and appeared in many films that year--including C'era Una Volta. On set for this particular movie, a breathtaking image captured by photographer Enzo Sellerio shows her looking into the camera with elegance. We can't help but be mesmerized every time we look at it: This picture truly speaks volumes about why Sophia has remained one of Italy's most beloved stars throughout history.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a cup of cocoa, put on your favorite vinyl, and keep reading to see the unexpected side of history!
And she can cook....Sophia Loren making pizza. (1965)
Speaking of legends: an icon of the 1960s, Sophia Loren was not only an Academy Award-winning actress but a skilled cook. This iconic image, captured in 1965 by photographer Douglas Kirkland, shows her making pizza with love and grace in her kitchen--a true testament to her Italian culture. And check out that vintage blue tile! Later in her career, Loren transitioned from worldwide acting icon to worldwide acting icon with multiple cookbooks under her belt. It looks like all that pizza making came in handy.
Barbi Benton's eyes, model photo from the 1960s.
The 1960s saw the emergence of Barbi Benton, a model, and actress. In this classic photo from that era, her eyes are captivating--they glimmer with a certain warmth and playfulness that could never be duplicated by anyone else. Her gaze is one of confident ease as she poses for the camera; you can almost feel how proud she was to have made it in showbiz during such an iconic decade!
Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg attended high school together at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in the late 80s.
Back in the late 80s, Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School together. While they went on to achieve massive success in their respective fields--Cameron as an actress and producer, while Snoop became a rapper mogul--they shared some of those formative high school years at the same place! This bit of trivia is amazing considering how famous these two are now; it's almost hard to imagine them back then, just starting out with big dreams for what was yet to come.
Filming a scene with Adam West for the "Batman" TV series, 1966.
In 1966, the classic Batman TV series was in full swing, and Adam West had already become a household name for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne. In this iconic image taken during the filming of one episode that year, it shows him looking into the camera with intense concentration as he delivers lines--we can almost feel how dedicated to delivering an excellent performance he truly was! It's amazing to think about all those years ago when we first met "The Dark Knight" on our TVs; thanks to Adam West and everyone else who worked behind the scenes then (and now), we have such fond memories from watching what is still considered by some today as one of the best live-action adaptations ever made.
"Lords of Flatbush" (1974)
In 1974, Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler starred in the teenage drama Lords of Flatbush which was set against a backdrop of 1950s Brooklyn. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised its honest portrayal of inner-city life at that time; it also featured some amazing performances by all involved! For those growing up with this classic movie as their point-of-reference for '50s culture, there's no denying how influential it still is to this day: It captures an era when friends stuck together through thick and thin--and without any special effects or gimmicks either! This heartfelt coming-of-age story has become immortalized thanks to everyone who worked on creating such a timeless piece.
Ad for "Evel Knievel's Death Defiers" TV special in 1977.
In 1977, daredevil Evel Knievel had the world on its edge with his thrilling stunts and death-defying acts. His popularity exploded that year when he was featured in a special television program called Evel Knieval's Death Defiers, which showcased some of his most dangerous performances ever! This promotional ad for it shows him looking confident as always--he is posed atop an iconic motorcycle ready to take off into adventure.
All dressed up, David Cassidy, his step-mother, Shirley Jones and his father, Jack Cassidy, 1970s.
The 1970s was an iconic era for American singer and actor, David Cassidy. In this classic photograph from that time, we see him all dressed up alongside his stepmother Shirley Jones (of Partridge Family fame) as well as father Jack Cassidy--all three looking quite dapper! This beautiful image captures a very special moment in the lives of these people: They are standing proud with smiles on their faces; you can feel how much love exists between them, even if it's only through one picture taken so many years ago.
Behind the scenes of "The Blues Brothers" film, 1980.
The 1980 film The Blues Brothers is still considered a classic today, and behind-the-scenes images from that time are just as iconic. This particular photo was taken during filming. This image perfectly captures what made this movie so special: We can feel how much joy everyone had when working together; it's almost like they knew even then that their hard work would go down in history one day...and indeed it has!
Ben Chapman getting in the 'Creature' mode on the set of "Creature from the Black Lagoon", 1954.
In 1954, Ben Chapman was cast as the 'Creature' for Universal's iconic horror flick Creature from the Black Lagoon. This behind-the-scenes photo taken on set that year shows him getting into character--he looks almost unrecognizable in his costume! It’s amazing to see how much effort went into creating this memorable monster: The makeup effects and prosthetics are truly a work of art. We can only imagine what it must have been like being there then; we owe our thanks to everyone involved who made us scared out of our wits but also fascinated by such an incredible creature at the same time...all these years later still too!
Buddy Ebsen and Fess Parker in "Davy Crockett/ King of the Wild Frontier" (1954)
In 1954, Disney released the classic Davy Crockett/King of the Wild Frontier. The film featured two amazing actors, Buddy Ebsen and Fess Parker--both playing iconic roles that helped to inspire generations. It's a reminder of why these men will never be forgotten: Their work was not only entertaining but also educational, which is still appreciated today by so many people all over the world.
Charles Bronson as an aging Wild Bill Hickok in the movie, "The White Buffalo" (1977)
In 1977, Charles Bronson starred in the western drama The White Buffalo and played an aging Wild Bill Hickok. This photo taken during filming that year shows him looking off into the distance while wearing a hat with determination--you can almost feel how much effort he was putting into this role! It's amazing to be able to look back at such iconic images of people who made history.
Cool girls in the 1980s.
The 1980s was a time of cool girls everywhere--looking stylish and rebellious while having the most fun! It's amazing how these people were able to influence generations after them through their fashion choices: We will always remember those days when being 'cool' meant something different from what it does now...it had an attitude, pizzazz, and especially individuality.
David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Nile Rodgers recording Bowie's hit "Let's Dance", 1982.
In 1982, music legends David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Nile Rodgers got together to record the hit song "Let's Dance". This behind-the-scenes photo taken during recording shows them as they work on making what would become an iconic anthem! We can feel how much passion these three men had for their craft: It was almost like each one of them knew that this track could be something special. And indeed it was; we will forever remember the power of collaboration between all those involved here--it certainly helped create a timeless classic that still resonates even today.
Here's Simon Cowell (with longer hair) showing off his biceps with pop singer Sinitta in London, 1986.
In 1986, Simon Cowell was still growing his career and appeared in an iconic photo with pop singer Sinitta at a London event. The image shows him looking quite dapper as he flexes for the camera--showing off biceps that no one knew existed! It's incredible to look back now and see how different this famous judge looked then. Little did they know how much influence both would have over music today.
Jane Fonda in Barbarella, a science fiction film, 1968.
In 1968, Jane Fonda starred in the classic science fiction film Barbarella. This behind-the-scenes image taken during filming shows her looking up with a mysterious expression--we can almost feel how much she was getting into character! It's fantastic to think about all these years later; we will never forget this scene and what it represented then: Women taking control of their destinies. We owe our thanks today to everyone involved for making us believe that even if you're from outer space or planet Earth, dreams are possible no matter where one comes from.
Janis Joplin and her dog posing in her groovy Porsche.
In 1968, Janis Joplin was at the peak of her career and was captured in this classic image with her beloved dog. She stands proudly next to a groovy Porsche while looking off into the distance--we can almost feel how much she loves that car! This picture perfectly captures why so many people were drawn to Janis: Her confidence is inspiring even now; it's incredible what one person could achieve if they keep believing in themselves no matter what. We will forever remember those moments when we first heard 'Piece Of My Heart' or saw photos like these...it indeed has been an incredible journey ever since then!
Liberace and Elvis switch it up in 1956.
In 1956, music icons Liberace and Elvis Presley posed together in this iconic photo--they are both playing each other's instruments! It looks like they were having the most fun as well; you can feel how much respect these two had for their craft even then. We will always remember them not only because of all their hits but also what it meant to collaborate: No matter who or where one comes from, talent is universal...and should be appreciated by everyone no matter when.
Little Brandon Lee breaking a board held by Bruce Lee, 1970.
In 1970, Bruce Lee was already an international star known for his martial arts prowess. But what struck many as even more impressive than any of the moves he showcased onscreen and off is seen in this iconic image: little Brandon breaking a board held by Bruce himself! It's clear that there’s something special between father and son here; it encapsulates both strength & tenderness all at once.
Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams holding hands on the set of "The Brady Bunch"
In the iconic image of Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams holding hands on the set of The Brady Bunch, we can't help but be reminded of a simpler time. As TV’s beloved siblings Marcia & Greg, this moment showcases the chemistry that was so evident in each episode—warmth between two young actors who were able to bring us all into one big family for years!
Melanie Griffith and her pet lion Neil relaxing at home. (1970s)
In the 70s, Melanie Griffith was a Hollywood starlet with an interesting pet—a lion named Neil! This iconic image captures them both in her home; it’s clear that they have forged quite a bond as she smiles while he relaxes by her side. What makes this even more remarkable is that Melanie actually adopted Neil from MGM Studios when he retired - marking the beginning of their beautiful friendship together.
Michael Landon starring in the 1957 horror film, "I Was a Teenage Werewolf"
In 1957, Michael Landon starred in the horror film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. This iconic image captures him as his character ‘Tony’ - an ordinary teenager who transforms into something monstrous. Throughout this classic movie, we witness Tony's struggles to control his newfound powers; it serves as both a reminder of our own personal battles and also how genres like horror can be just as meaningful & timeless when done right! With its combination of suspenseful storytelling & strong performances from actors such Mark Landon, there is no doubt why this still remains one of cinema's celebrated classics today.
Rush performing for the crowd on their first U.S. tour in 1974.
In 1974, Rush were on their first US tour, and this iconic image captures them in full performance mode. It's clear that the band is giving it all they’ve got right here - a true testament to what hard work and dedication can bring! This moment has come to represent not only Rush’s incredible journey throughout music history but also how important live shows are for bands everywhere; from then until now we continue appreciating these special performances which make an impact beyond just one night – connecting both artists & audience alike through sound like never before.
Shag carpet was even groovy in vans back in 1975!
In 1975, shag carpet was all the rage - and this iconic image is proof of that! This moment has come to represent an era when people embraced adventure no matter how far they wandered or what kind of vehicle one had – true freedom on four wheels if ever we saw it! What made 'shag' so popular then (and now) were its vibrant colors combined with soft texture which brought a warm comfort like none other: truly, these vans with shag carpeting continue inspiring us through nostalgia, reminding us why life can be enjoyed even more by simply adding some style into your ride.
Steven Seagal channeling Peter Frampton's hair in 1970.
In 1970, Steven Seagal embraced the style of Peter Frampton - and this iconic image captures him with confidence! It's clear that he has adopted a look that resonated at the time; from then until now, we can’t help but be reminded of how trends come and go throughout history.
The Rolling Stones sitting outside of a pub in 1963.
In 1963, The Rolling Stones were just beginning to make their mark on music history – and this iconic image captures them as they pose for the camera outside a pub. It’s clear that there is something special about these friends and bandmates alike; from then until now we can still appreciate how influential each one was (and continues to be) not only through sound but also style too!
The Ronettes, 1965.
In 1965, The Ronettes were making music history - and this iconic image captures them in all of their glory! It's clear that they have come to represent not only a certain sound but also style; from then until now we can’t help but be reminded of why The Ronettes remain an influence on both fashion & pop culture today.
When Fred Rogers met Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigino on the set of 'The Increadible Hulk', 1979.
In 1979, three iconic characters met in this image: Fred Rogers (from TV’s Mr. Roger's Neighborhood), Bill Bixby, and Lou Ferrigino who played 'The Incredible Hulk' onscreen! It's clear that each one is posing with a hint of amusement on their faces; it serves to remind us why stories like these have become so timeless over time – because they seamlessly blend fantasy & reality together no matter what age you are!
The original kids who were the voice actors of the "Peanuts" gang in the 1960s.
In the 60s, The Peanuts gang was already popular - and this iconic image captures its original voice actors! It's clear that each one of these kids has brought their own unique personality to life; from then until now, we can appreciate how much stories like Charles Schulz’ have become timeless over time.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver on the set of the movie, Ghostbusters in 1984.
It's 1984, and the set of Ghostbusters is alive with energy! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver are all smiles as they take a break from filming. It's no wonder why this movie went down in history to become one of the most beloved comedies ever made. With its clever dialogue, supernatural plot line, and relatable characters; we can't help but feel transported back 30 years ago when these three legendary actors brought us something truly magical that still stands today!
Mick Jagger and John Lennon in 1966.
1966 was a year of history and music, with two major figures at the forefront - Mick Jagger and John Lennon. Captured in this iconic photograph taken by Bob Whitaker is an unforgettable moment between these two revolutionary musicians; as they exchange words of wisdom that only true legends could share. From The Rolling Stones' hard-hitting rock 'n roll rhythms to The Beatles upbeat pop melodies - we owe it all back then when Jagger & Lennon joined forces for what would be remembered forevermore as one defining image from the 1960s.
Lucille Ball and John Wayne, 1960s.
The 1960s were a time of great entertainment, and no one was as iconic as Lucille Ball and John Wayne. This photograph captures the two legendary actors in all their glory; looking joyous while posing together for what would become an unforgettable image! It's amazing to think that these two titans from different genres could come together so effortlessly - with Lucy bringing us lovable comedy characters like 'Lucy Ricardo' or 'Ethel Mertz', whereas Duke brought his strong presence onscreen through western roles like Rooster Cogburn in 1969’s True Grit.
Natalie Wood looking groovy at her home in Bel Air, CA, 1966.
In 1966, Natalie Wood was the epitome of groovy style! This photo taken by Sid Avery captures her in her own home--looking stunning. From this image, we can see how much confidence exudes from our beloved actress; making it easy to understand why so many people loved watching her onscreen back then. Her unique beauty combined with an authentic aura made every film performance special - whether she's playing Maria in West Side Story or Maggie DuBois in The Great Race (1966). It's no wonder why today we still remember fondly when '60s fashion icon Natalie Wood ruled Hollywood for years afterward!
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis on the set of "Ghostbusters," 1983.
In 1983, the set of Ghostbusters was a place for comedy gold! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are all smiles as they take a break from filming. This iconic photo captures their chemistry; it's no wonder why this movie has become one of the most beloved comedies ever made, with its clever dialogue and supernatural plot line. It truly felt like something special when these three legendary actors brought us something so magical back then in '83 - an experience that still stands today thanks to some unforgettable performances by our favorite ghostbustin' trio!
Eric Clapton and his groovy shirt in 1969.
In 1969, Eric Clapton was a music icon. This photograph captures him in all his glory with an iconic shirt and guitar; standing tall as he looks towards the future of rock 'n roll! From that unforgettable solo on "Layla" to those memorable live performances--it's no wonder why we still remember Mr. Slowhand today for being one of the best blues-rock players ever seen before or since.
Sharon Stone, photographed by George Hurrell in 1987.
In 1987, Sharon Stone was making a name for herself in Hollywood. This photograph taken by George Hurrell captures the essence of her stunning beauty; with an iconic pose that made us all fall head over heels! From that unforgettable scene in Basic Instinct (1992) to those countless magazine covers - it's no wonder why Ms. Stone remains one of our favorite stars today, thanks to this defining image from back then when she first burst onto the big screen and quickly became a household name across America. She truly embodied what makes classic glamour stand out.
Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson on the set of "Rio Bravo" in 1958.
In 1958, Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson were on the set of Rio Bravo. This photograph captures a moment between these two legendary actors; looking joyous as they laugh together in-between takes! It's amazing to think how much influence their performances had on generations after them - with both stars going down in history for being some of Hollywood’s most beloved leading men & women ever seen before or since that time. We can't help but feel transported back 50 years ago when we look at this image--reminding us why Rio Bravo remains one of cinema's defining western classics today.
Demonstrating safety first in the car, 1955.
In the 1950s, car safety was a significant concern for manufacturers and consumers. To promote safe driving practices, car companies often include safety demonstrations in their advertising campaigns. One such example is a photo from 1955 of a mother and child buckling their seat belts in a car, emphasizing the importance of using seat belts to prevent injury in the event of an accident. This image is a reminder of the ongoing effort to improve car safety and the role that public awareness campaigns have played in promoting safer driving habits.
JAWS premier in 1975.
The premiere of the film JAWS took place on June 20, 1975, in New York City. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. The film was based on the bestselling novel by Peter Benchley and became a box office hit, grossing over $470 million worldwide and launching Spielberg's career as a prominent Hollywood director. JAWS also won three Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture. The film's iconic score by John Williams also helped to establish the film as a classic in the thriller genre.
Who remembers having a photo cube growing up in the '70s?
Photo cubes were a popular decorative item in the 1970s. They were typically made of plastic or wood and featured small compartments that could hold photographs. People often use them to display pictures of their friends and family in their homes or offices. They were especially popular for displaying pictures of children and grandchildren. They were often given as gifts and could be found in many home goods stores. They were a fun and interactive way to display personal photographs.
Who wears short shorts...
In the 1970s, short shorts were a popular fashion trend for both men and women. They were often worn as part of casual or sporty outfits and were made from lightweight fabrics like denim, corduroy, or polyester. The shorts were typically worn high on the waist and were cut off above the knee. They were often paired with other popular 70s fashion items such as T-shirts, tank tops, and platform shoes. The trend was popularized by fashion icons of the time, such as Farrah Fawcett, and was also commonly worn by athletes, entertainers, and teenagers. The popularity of short shorts in the 1970s reflected the era's more relaxed and carefree attitude.
Jimi Hendrix in the Army, 1961.
Jimi Hendrix served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was trained as a paratrooper. However, Hendrix was discharged from the army after only a year due to an injury. Despite his short time in the military, Hendrix later credited the army for teaching him discipline and focus, which helped him in his music career.