Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | July 20, 2023

Johnny Carson as Tarzan and Betty White as Jane in the skit, "Tarzan And The Apes," on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" - 1981.

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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An unlikely Tarzan and Jane. In a comedy skit for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson that ran in 1981, Carson played the role of the Lord of the Jungle and Betty White, who was 59 years old at the time, played Jane. Carson and White enjoyed a long friendship that, at times, seemed flirtatious. Betty White often guest-starred on The Tonight Show and she enjoyed bantering with him. They were both quick-witted and had a similar sense of humor, which the audience loved. Carson sought out White’s advice on upcoming skits and the two were able to collaborate on them. 

"Dark Shadows" vampire actor Jonathan Frid ('Barnabas Collins') crowns "Miss American Vampire" in 1970.

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Were you a fan of the dark, gothic television soap opera, Dark Shadows? The series ran on ABC from June 1966 to April 1971. When the show debuted, it was only marginally successful. Then actor Jonathan Frid, seen in this photo, was added to the cast, playing the role of Barnabas Collins, a vampire. After that, interest in the series increased. Joining Frid’s vampire character were zombies, witches, ghosts, monsters, and werewolves. There were even characters who were time travelers or who had come from a parallel universe. The action centered around the Collins family, a well-to-do family of freaky characters living in Collinsport, Maine.