Vintage Photos From The Past Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | December 8, 2023

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, 1971

History is full of surprises, and this photo gallery is no exception! Get ready to uncover an unexpected side of history and discover a world that you may not have known existed. From moments that are both quirky and captivating to rare glimpses into the past, these images offer a unique perspective on the world we live in today.

Take a journey back in time to an era of bouffant hairstyles, psychedelic music, and flower power. These photos will transport you to a world that is both familiar and foreign at the same time, and they will leave you feeling nostalgic and informed. Whether you lived through this era or you're simply curious to learn more, these images are sure to captivate and delight.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a 1971 fantasy film starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Stuart. Gene played the crazy, kooky and very eccentric Will Wonka, who admitted five children from all over the world into his chocolate factory for a chance to own it.

The performance was one of Gene’s most iconic; he was hired for the role after just reciting a few lines for the director, beating out the likes of Joel Grey, Fred Astaire and Jon Pertwee. He even beat out Spike Milligan, an actor chosen by the author, Roald Dahl, himself.

The book, entitled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was written in 1964. It was met with both positive and negative reviews but it is still seen as one of the best children’s books today.

The film itself was not a commercial success, despite receiving positive reviews from critics. After starring in the movie, Gene went on to star in Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak (which he got a Golden Globe for) and Will & Grace, which he got a Primetime Emmy Award. 

Katharine Hepburn photographed in her driveway by photojournalist John Bryson in 1985.

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Katharine Hepburn, the iconic actress and fashion icon of her time was photographed in her driveway by renowned photojournalist John Bryson in 1985. Her timeless beauty and effortless style were on full display as she posed for Bryson's camera. Her bright and friendly smile is humorously juxtaposed by the 'Keep Out' signs on her property.