Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | January 13, 2024

KFC's "Colonel Sanders" sight-seeing during his trip to Egypt in the 1970s. 

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you've never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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The king of fast-food fried chicken, Colonel Harland Sanders was a self-made millionaire but success came later in life for him. Still, he made it a point to enjoy the fruit of his labors, including extensive travel opportunities like this trip to Egypt in the 1970s. Colonel Sanders had a carefully crafted public image to uphold. For the last twenty years of his life, he was only seen in public wearing his iconic Southern colonel attire … a white suit with a black bow. He sported a mustache and goatee which he bleached white to match his suit. He wanted to maintain his public image everywhere he went. 

A 20-year-old Nick Nolte was arrested in Omaha for selling counterfeit draft cards in 1961.

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In this 1961 mugshot, the first of Nick Nolte’s two arrests, the would-be actor looks a lot more clean-cut than he does in his 2002 mugshot (seriously, Google it). It was that wholesome image that spared Nolte a lengthy prison sentence when he was arrested in 1961 for selling counterfeit draft cards. His conviction carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison, but a kindly judge took pity on the young man in the button-down shirt and crew cut. The judge worked out a deal so Nolte could attend classes at the local community college in the mornings, spend his afternoons at football practice, then spend his evenings in a jail cell.