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60 Groovy Photos

Written by Lyra Radford

With today’s social and political climate, people are craving hope, joy, and unity now more than ever. In the past, the public has looked to entertainers during hard times to be distracted, or as means of a release of the day’s tensions, and often even as someone to aspire to.

With so much tension and hate in the air (especially where politics are involved) it’s nice to look back on a simpler time in America. Beautiful starlets, comedic geniuses, and influential musicians… collected here are rare images of history’s pop culture icons who have contributed to American culture and to some of the most meaningful moments in American history in a way you have never seen them before.

A 23 year old John Wayne, Circa 1930.

Source: Reddit

Pictured here is a very young John Wayne back in the 1930s when he first got his big break. His first leading role was in "The Big Trail" (1930), which led to numerous leading roles in B movies in the Western genre all throughout the 1930s.

Wayne's career took off in 1939 and never looked back after being cast in John Ford's "Stagecoach". Wayne was an instant star and he went on to star in 142 more films; 83 of which were Westerns. As Biographer Ronald Davis put it, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage.”