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60 Photos Capture The Art Of Cool

Written by Lyra Radford

There aren't many things cooler than vintage muscle cars, action heroes, or the birth of the video gaming industry. Perhaps some old school science fiction is more your style or maybe the pioneers of rock should be considered the kings of cool. What about the stars who brought some of the most iconic film and television shows to life? Collected here are images that depict the very essence of cool.

Johnny Bench enjoying his victory after the Reds won the 1975 World Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox in a memorable 7-game World Series.

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Pictured here is former professional Baseball catcher, Johnny Lee Bench. Bench played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983. On this particular day in 1975, the Reds won the World Series. Bench, who is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player.

He was a key member of the Big Red Machine and ESPN has bestowed upon him the title of “the greatest catcher in baseball history”. After winning six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships, it’s no wonder why. Cheers Bench! That was a cold one well deserved! 

Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry and Paloma Picasso sharing secrets at Studio 54, 1978.

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Pictured here hanging out at Studio 54 is Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, model Jerry Hall (known for her former relationship with Mick Jagger) and Paloma Picasso (yes, that Picasso).

Paloma Picasso, daughter of Pablo Picasso, is now a famous artist in her own right. She grew up to be quite the fashion designer and businesswoman. She’s best known for her signature perfumes and exquisite jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co.

Following the loss of her father in 1973, she briefly lost interest in designing and took a hiatus. During which she experimented with acting. She played Countess Erzsébet Báthory in the Polish erotic film, Immoral Tales. She received praise from critics, no one could stop talking about her beauty but she hasn’t acted since.

Nancy Sinatra in a strange outfit from her You Go-Go Girl! album.

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Nancy Sandra Sinatra, elder daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra, and is widely known for her 1966 hit song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". She made television appearances dressed colorfully like a gogo dancer while rocking high boots, giving off an enduring Swinging Sixties vibe.

Other notable recordings include "Sugar Town", her 1967 duet with her father "Somethin' Stupid", the title song from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and her cover of Cher’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).

In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles and she also had a brief acting career in the mid-1960s. Her notable parts include a co-starring role with Elvis Presley in Speedway, and with Peter Fonda in The Wild Angels. Then in Marriage on the Rocks, Frank and Nancy Sinatra played a fictional father and daughter.

California Dreamin - cruising around in a cool Mustang GT on Van Nuys Boulevard back in 1972.

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Cruising Van Nuys Boulevard in Los Angeles California is a favorite pastime for many. This slice of automotive history depicts some coolcats of 1972 with this hot Mustang GT. The 1970s really was a golden era for the automotive industry. The cars to come out of the decade are iconic.

The Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. Its overall styling not only proved to be popular with consumers, it also inspired a host of competition.

Farrah Fawcett as Holly in the 1976 film Logan's Run.

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Pictured here is Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Holly in the 1976 film Logan’s Run. The film depicts an idyllic sci-fi future that unfortunately has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. While she was playing a supporting role, the talented and naturally athletic beauty had her first real taste of major success because of this film. She gave such an impressive performance in Logan’s Run, that she caught the eye of major television producer Aaron Spelling. He was smitten by her and knew she’d be perfect in the TV series Charlie's Angels (1976). The show became the most popular series on television almost immediately. These two back to back iconic projects really launched Fawcett’s career. 

Cher is the epitome of grooviness!

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Pictured here is the Goddess of Pop back in 1974. Cherilyn Sarkisian has had one of the longest and most successful careers in the music industry; a career which has spanned more than fifty four years and is still going. She is also an actress, author, producer and philanthropist.

Cher has sold over 100 million records around the world and has also has won an Academy Award, Billboard Music Awards, an Emmy, numerous Golden Globe awards, a Grammy and she’s BAFTA and AMA nominated. Cher has been honored on numerous occasions for her humanitarian, charity and philanthropic work. This year, she will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

Alice Cooper with facial hair and without his trademark black eyeliner. (1975)

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Though he usually wears his love of horror and vaudeville on his sleeve, pictured here is a rather subdued Alice Cooper. The rock singer, songwriter, and actor with a flair for the dramatics has had a career spanning over five decades. Aside from his distinctive raspy voice, Cooper is famous for pioneering his own brand of macabre theatrical rock. His stage shows feature guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, among other morbid things. Cooper is widely considered "The Godfather of Shock Rock". 

An early photo of Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

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Pictured here are Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. The group often referred to as "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" formed in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, met up with vocalist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano (who was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971).

They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album. Get Your Wings (1974), their mega mainstream breakthrough album Toys in the Attic (1975), and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their iconic rock star status. It’s been non-stop success ever since.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Alyssa Milano rehearsing on set of the film Commando. 1985

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No one does ‘cool’ like Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially in the 1985 action flick Commando in which he plays John Matrix, a retired elite Black Ops special agent who launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter Jenny (played by the adorable Alyssa Milano). As the tagline says: Somewhere... somehow... someone's going to pay.

...And pay they did, everyone paid in fact, a whole lot of money to go see this film. The film grossed about 57.5 million USD at the box office. That’s huge profits considering the film’s production budget was $10 million. The film debuted at number one in the United States and it stayed there! For three consecutive weeks it remained in the top position.

And Your Bird Can Sing! John Lennon and Paul McCartney hanging out with a parrot on Mad Day Out in 1968.

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Here are Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney hanging out with a parrot on Mad Day Out in 1968. It was back in the early summer of 1968 when Paul McCartney called up war photographer Don McCullin and booked him for a photo shoot with the Beatles. Naturally, McCullin accepted and they spent the whole day of July 28, 1968, taking mad photographs of the whole band across seven key locations around London. Others joined them on what became known as the ‘Mad Day Out’, all of whom were armed with cameras: Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tom Murray, Tony Bramwell and Mal Evans with her six year old son Gary. Of course Yoko Ono and McCartney's girlfriend Francie Schwartz also decided to tag along. The Beatles certainly got their wish to step away from the recording studio and get a whole new batch of publicity stills.

The Jackson 5 and parents striking a Brady Bunch-like pose at home in 1971 for LIFE Magazine.

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This photo, which was shot for LIFE magazine in 1971, features The Jackson 5 and parents striking a Brady Bunch-like pose at home. There was also another photo taken that day of the Brady kids and the Jackson kids shaking hands. In the Brady Bunch, they formed their own family musical group, much like the Jacksons. 

After the Jackson Five parted ways, all nine siblings pursued solo careers but Janet and Michael were the ones who saw real continued success as solo artists. Their icon status is what led the Jacksons to become known as the "Royal Family of Pop".

The Jackson 5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Michael was inducted as a solo artist as well in 2001. The Jacksons, along with Michael and Janet (as solo artists) all received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Angie and David Bowie pushing their baby, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones in a stroller. Can you tell who is who! (1971)

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Here we have music legend David Bowie and his wife, the model Angie Bowie taking a leisurely stroll with their baby, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones snug in his pram.

Little Duncan Zowie has grown up to be a film director, producer, and screenwriter. Currently, he’s best known for his work as the director of the film Moon (2009). A film for which he earned the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Since then he has also added Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016) to his resume.

Best friends Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in 1959, Jennings played bass for Holly at the time.

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Pictured here are best friends Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly is considered a pioneer in rock and roll, he influenced some of the genre’s greatest contributors like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. At the time this photo was taken, Jennings was playing bass for Holly but Jennings secured his own recording rights and made music in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s.

While both artists were influential in their own right, according to Jennings, Buddy Holly helped drive him to succeed, “Buddy was the first person to have faith in my music. He encouraged me in my music and my writing. He was my friend. If anything I’ve ever done is remembered, part of it is because of Buddy Holly.” Jennings ended up altering how country music was made. He indirectly created the outlaw movement along with artists like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.

Anne Bancroft presented Sidney Poitier the Oscar for Best Actor in Lilies of the Field. 1964

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On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963). The trailblazer consistently refused to take on the stereotypical roles offered to him based on his ethnicity. He wanted serious, prominent, and even challenging roles. He wanted roles he could bring to life because of his immense talent, not simply because of his skin color. He soon became America’s first prominent black film star.

In 1974, Poitier was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and in 2016, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film.

Around 8,500 of the Huffy Radio Bicycles were produced in 1955-57.

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The Huffy Radio Bike wasn’t manufactured for very long which is strange considering these were the ultimate gifts for any kid. Between in 1955 and 1957 only around 8,500 bicycles were produced. There were three color schemes available; Flamboyant Red with white & black trim, Flamboyant Blue with white & black trim, and Flamboyant Green with white & black trim. There were only minor differences between these models, the 1955 model had a headlamp mounted on the front fender while the 1956 version was equipped with a front carrier. 


Olivia Newton-John is Magic in the film, Xanadu (1980)

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Olivia Newton-John was the epitome of an American Sweetheart. Here she is in the 1980 romantic musical fantasy film, Xanadu. In addition to starring Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck, Xanadu features music by Newton-John, the Electric Light Orchestra, Cliff Richard and The Tubes. The soundtrack was a hit and was certified double platinum in the United States. The movie itself, however, did not do so well.

The film was a complete flop in box offices and earned mixed, but mostly negative reviews from critics. It was so bad, that it actually inspired the creation of the Golden Raspberry Awards which are meant to memorialize the worst films of the year. So basically, it was so bad it deserved an award for achieving such great levels of awful. 

Backstage fun with Joan Jett and members of Cheap Trick. (1978)

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Pictured here is rocker Joan Jett hanging out backstage with members of Cheap Trick back in 1978. Cheap Trick had just released their debut album in 1977 and their second album In Color, which was released later that year, found much success in Japan. It wasn’t until 1979 when the band finally achieved mainstream popularity in the United States with their breakthrough album Cheap Trick at Budokan. Over the course of their career, Cheap Trick has toured consistently, playing over 5,000 shows. In 2016, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jamie Lee Curtis as an aerobics instructor in the film, Perfect 1985.

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Pictured here is the legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, playing an aerobics instructor of all things, in the 1985 film Perfect. Guess all that running away from Michael Myers would get you in shape.

Perfect is a romantic drama directed by James Bridges. It starred John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis, Oddly enough, it was based on a series of articles from Rolling Stone magazine back in the late 1970s, which chronicled the popularity of health clubs amongst single people in Los Angeles.

Carrie Fisher hugging on Warwick Davis, who played 'Wicket the Ewok', on the set of Return of the Jedi, 1983.

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This 1982 classic photo of a 12-year old Warwick Davis with Carrie Fisher was taken while filming "Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi".

The now 46-year-old actor has released several photos from those days and has paid tribute to Carrie. He went on Good Morning Britain and credited her with paving the way for strong female protagonists. After Fisher’s death, Davis reminisced about working with her and discussing her lasting impact on the film industry. On her performance,

According to Davis “Carrie seemed to embrace the character and embrace the notoriety that came along with playing such an iconic character like Princess Leia” he went on to say, “She really paved the way for other very strong leading ladies in movies.”

Eddie Van Halen doing this thing onstage back in 1979.

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In addition to being the co-founder of Van Halen, which is one of the most popular American hard rock bands, Edward Van Halen is considered as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in the entire history of rock music. In 2011, It was Rolling Stone Magazine that ranked Van Halen number eight in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists back in 2011. Then, in he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2012.

English rock band Uriah Heep in 1973.

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Pictured here is the British rock band Uriah Heep back in 1973. The group formed in 1969. Over the course their career, spanning over 48-years, Uriah Heep have released twenty-five studio albums, eighteen live albums, and thirty-nine compilation albums.

Twelve of their studio albums made it onto the UK Albums Chart, with Return to Fantasy reaching No. 7 in 1975. Out of the fifteen Billboard 200 albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful, making No. 23, in 1972. They were right along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, as one of the top rock bands in the early 1970's.

Did you know Linda Christian was the first Bond girl to appear on screen, playing Valerie Mathis in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale?

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While it’s true the voluptuous actress Ursula Andress played Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, she technically isn’t the the "first Bond Girl," as she is often cited as. We’ll give her credit as the first Bond girl on the big screen but the title of the originating Bond girl personal goes to Linda Christian who starred as "Valerie Mathis" in a television adaptation of Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale, back in 1954. That’s almost a full decade before Bond made the jump to film and Andress starred as Honey Ryder.

Lovely Loni Anderson was a breakout hit in her Emmy-nominated role as Jennifer Marlowe in WKRP in Cincinnati back in 1978.

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Actress Loni Kaye Anderson is best known for her marriage to actor Burt Reynolds and her four-year run as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82). The role was her “breakout” hit and earned her n Emmy nomination.

Her acting debut came long before that with a bit part in the film Nevada Smith back in 1966, starring Steve McQueen. She spent nearly a decade with no roles after that, it wasn’t until the mid-70s when she began getting guest roles on television series like S.W.A.T., the sitcom Phyllis, and the series Police Woman, and Three's Company.

It was her appearance on Three’s Company that caught the ABC network’s attention and landed her the part in WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982). 

Goodyear developed a tire in 1961 using mounted light bulbs in the wheel rim to make them glow in the dark, but never went into production.

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It was in the early 1960s, when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. decided to get their ‘cool’ on. They began developing what the referred to as ”the tire of tomorrow.” Goodyear scientists experimented by developing a translucent model with tiny light bulbs mounted inside the wheel rim. 

They poured dyed compounds of Neothane synthetic rubber into special molds and heating molasses-like batches to 250 degrees. With synthetic rubber, they could dye the tires any color. Engineers ended up installing 18 tiny bulbs in each rim to make the wheels would shine in the dark and wiring devices supplied electricity to create a glow.

It was all controlled by the driver with a switch inside the car. The control could make the tires blink individually or together.

A 1977 Cobra II was in the 1984 movie Starman starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.

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John Carpenter’s Starman is a science fiction romance about an alien (Jeff Bridges) who has come to Earth after finding an invitation welcoming alien civilizations to Earth and messages of peace on a disk in the Voyager 2 space probe.the lone alien happens upon the home of recently widowed Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen).

Jenny is the one who teaches him to drive and joins him on his cross-country voyage in the hotted-up orange and black 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II coupé pictured here. Bridges was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role and the film ended up inspiring a television series of the same name in 1986.

Here's Elvis when he was stationed in Germany with the US Army. He served in Company C, a scout platoon, through 1958-1960.

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It was on March 24, 1958, when the King, Elvis Aron Presley entered the United States Army. He then spent three days at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Reception Station. He left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964.

He then went through basic and advanced training and ended up serving as a member of two different armor battalions during his active military career. Presley was sent overseas to serve as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor in Germany from October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960. 

Jeepers creepers! A frowning Brigitte Bardot surrounded by a group of leering men in Rome. (1960)

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Here we have an extra pouty Brigitte Bardot with a creepy crowd of male admirers.... perhaps the constant 'all-eyes on her' feeling was a contributing factor to her early retirement from the entertainment industry.  


The French model, actress, and singer was the original blonde bombshell began her days in the arts as a dancer. From a very young age, Brigitte was an aspiring ballerina and very dedicated to her craft. At the age of seven she was enrolled at the Cours Hattemer private school and only attended three days a week, the other three days she spent in dance lessons at Madame Bourget’s dance studio. Perhaps this is where all her seemingly effortless grace comes from. Brigitte Bardot’s style, grace, immense talent and her passion for animal rights, has heavily influenced culture as a whole. 

Jimi Hendrix behind the camera as he films Janis Joplin backstage. (1968)

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Here we have two of rock and roll’s greats, both of whom performed a Woodstock, and both of whom died of accidental drug overdoses within a week of each other at just 27-years old.

This particular moment in time was captured backstage at Winterland in 1968. Both artists released live albums that were shot in the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968.

Live at Winterland is exactly what it sounds like, an album that was recorded live by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Theirs compiles three performances held at the Winterland.

Live at Winterland '68 is an album by Janis Joplin, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom on April 12th and 13th, 1968, and April 13, 1968. Hers includes live renditions of songs from their studio albums.

Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show in 1962- the year Johnny made his debut as host.

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It was in 1962 that Johnny Carson took over for Jack Paar as host of the late-night talk program The Tonight Show. Each episode would kick off with Carson’s sidekick Ed McMahon announcing “Heeere’s Johnny!”

The dapper Carson would then perform an opening monologue of jokes, followed by some witty banter with McMahon and the show’s bandleader Doc Severinsen. There were skits performed such as Carnac the Magnificent, an “all-knowing seer,” and the elderly Aunt Blabby. 

Carson would then conducted celebrity interviews with the biggest stars, politicians, comedians, singers, and even animal acts. Carson went on to host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for three decades, becoming one of the biggest figures in entertainment in the 20th century.

Kent McCord and Martin Milner starred in the police drama Adam 12 from 1968 to 1975.

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Pictured here are Adam-12 stars Kent McCord and Martin Milner. The television police drama that followed Los Angeles Police Department officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they patrolled the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit, 1-Adam-12. The show was meant to depict the typical day in the life of a police officer in the most realistic way possible.

The series was created by R. A. Cinader and Jack Webb, who are also known for creating Dragnet. It originally ran from September 21, 1968, until May 20, 1975, and is credited with introducing police procedures and jargon to the general public.

Kurt Russell and his stunt double Dick Warlock together while filming Escape From New York in 1980.

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Pictured here are Kurt Russell and his stunt double Dick Warlock, while working on Escape From New York back in 1980. Warlock didn’t just double for Russell in this film, he was actually Kurt Russell's personal stunt double for over 25 years, collaborating with iconic directors as Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Warlock is also best known for donning that pale, rubber William Shatner mask as horror icon Michael Myers in Halloween II.

Warlock was very active in the industry from 1964 until his retirement in 2002. He has settled down in Kingsport, Tennessee with his family. He has two sons, Billy Warlock and Lance Warlock, and one daughter, Rhonda. 

Lee Majors with Farrah Fawcett and ladies on The Six Million Dollar Man. (1974)

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Here we have Lee Majors as Steve Austin, “The Six Million Dollar Man” alongside some lovely ladies… one of which was his wife at the time, the iconic Farrah Fawcett. Billed as Farrah Fawcett Majors, she played Major Kelly Wood in the 1974 episode called Rescue of Athena One.

The plot summary is as follows, “Steve Austin has been assigned to train America's first female astronaut Major Kelly Wood. On her maiden-flight, a sudden explosion damages the Athena 1 and injures Kelly's co-pilot, Osterman. Austin heads the rescue-team and follows her up to Skylab, only to find his bionic replacements malfunctioning in outer space.”

Lost In Space photo of Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, June Lockhart and Guy Williams.

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Here’s to a generation lost in space! The science fiction television series, Lost in Space aired in 1965 and follows a pioneering family of space colonists (the Robinsons) and their many struggles and adventures. The show ran for three seasons, ending in 1968 with a total of 83 episodes.

While the plot is centered on the Robinson family, it evolves to include storylines focused on Dr. troublesome Zachary Smith and the Robot: who provided much conflict, comic relief, and misadventures. The Robot, which had no given name, had superhuman strength, futuristic weaponry, and he often displayed human characteristics: sadness, laughter, and mockery were all in his wheelhouse. He could sing, play guitar, and was voiced by the show’s narrator, Dick Tufeld.

May the 'farce' be with you! Eric Idle, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford clowning around, 1978.

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Mark Hamill and Ford were both experienced actors at the time, being featured in the Star Wars movie series, their friend Eric Idle was still newly established as a comedian but would become an icon for Monty Python.

Hamill is still best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy and he reprised the role in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s also voiced characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, and Justice League Action. He's worked on The Flash television series and a bunch of video games including Lego Dimensions, Batman Arkham Knight, and Lego Marvel's Avengers.

As for Harrison Ford, the man is a legend on many levels. He's landed so many amazing roles in iconic films; Star Wars, Witness, Patriot Games, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, American Graffiti…. and he’s still going.

Ursula Andress and Sean Connery sunbathing in the Bahamas while filming Dr. No (1961)

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According to many die-hard James Bond aficionados, Honey Ryder, played by Swiss actress Ursula Andress is and always will be the ultimate Bond girl. Here she is cuddling up with James Bond himself, Sir Sean Connery while filming Dr, No back in 1961.

It was Connery’s performance in this film that fully won over Bond author Ian Fleming who wanted Cary Grant cast as 007. But after seeing how well Dr. No turned out, Fleming admitted that Connery was ‘ideal’ for the role. He then went on to adapt all his future novels to give Bond a Scots background like Connery.

Mike Nesmith and Frank Zappa switching roles as each other on a Monkees episode, The Monkees Blow Their Minds. (1967)

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In the episode titled, The Monkees Blow Their Minds, Frank Zappa and Mike Nesmith switch roles on each other. The plot: “Peter walks into The Great Oracullo's House of Mysteries for inspiration and is turned into a psychic slave by way of a cup of tea. Oracullo wants to headline at The Cassandra instead of the Monkees and use Peter in his act, simultaneously ruining the Monkees chances of getting the gig.”

The Monkees aired from 1966 to 1968. The group consisted of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. For the first few months of their initial five-year career as "the Monkees", were given limited roles in the recording studio. But they fought and eventually earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Even after the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971.

Nice tights! Space Tokusatsu Series. Captain Ultra- with his sidekick Huck the Robot (1967)

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It’s Captain Ultra! The intergalactic hero of the pulp-style space adventure television series titled Space Tokusatsu Series: Captain Ultra Kyaputen Urutora. With him, is his trusty sidekick Huck the Robot. The series initially aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 16 to September 24, 1967, with a total of 24 episodes. The week following the conclusion of Captain Ultra, TBS premiered Ultra Seven. While short-lived Captain Ultra is among the more memorable tokusatsu series from the 1960s.

A sublime Michelle Pfeiffer modeling designer diamond jewelry in an ad. (1981)

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Pfeiffer's early acting career consisted of modeling and bit parts in films that didn’t achieve much critical or box office success: Falling in Love Again (1980) with Susannah York, The Hollywood Knights (1980), and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981). Pfeiffer will be the first to tell you she had a long way to go, in fact, what she later said of her early work: "I needed to learn how to act... in the meantime, I was playing bimbos and cashing in on my looks."

She didn’t start to see much growth until she was cast in Scarface (1983) as cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. A role which she almost lost out on because of her involvement in the flop of a film Grease 2. After Scarface, an article in Vanity Fair titled "Blonde Ambition", summed up the direction Pfeiffer’s career was taking; "she is on the verge of stardom. In the parlance of the industry, she is hot".

Odd couple! Gene Simmons posing with a 13 year-old Brooke Shields at a Blondie party in 1979.

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Here we have a photo of Gene Simmons of KISS and Brooke Shields, then 13, pose together at a party in Beverly Hills, back in 1979. Shields was a model and child actress at the time, famous for taking on some pretty controversial roles in films like Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and the cult classic Alice, Sweet Alice, and Pretty Baby.

Gene Simmons, on the other hand, was known as “The Demon” of rock band KISS. He also became a record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. But at this party in Beverly Hills, their two very different worlds collided and as you can see, it was a good time!

One of the first supermodels in the 60's and 70's, Countess Vera von Lehndorff-Steinort, also known as Veruschka.

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Countess Vera von Lehndorff-Steinort, also known as Veruschka was an actress, model, and artist, who was very popular during the 1960s. It was while in Florence, she was discovered by photographer Ugo Mulas and became a full-time model.

Veruschka reigned supreme as the girl with the most covers, she appeared on the cover of Life magazine's August 1967 issue and on the cover of all four major Vogue magazines' American, Italian, French and British versions (multiple times) throughout the 1960s. She worked with Salvador Dalí and photographer Peter Beard. At her peak, she was making as much as $10,000 a day.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure! David Lee Roth, Joan Rivers, Paul Reubens and Elton John together on The Joan Rivers Show in 1986.

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Pictured here is Paul Rubens also knows as PeeWee Herman, music legend Elton John, and David Lee Roth of Van Halen posing with comedian Joan Rivers. The stars were gathered together to appear on The Late Show With Joan Rivers Show back in 1986. The show was cancelled in 1987, then Rivers went on to host The Joan Rivers Show from 1989 until 1993.

Her show was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards with Rivers herself winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1990.

Lynda Carter used her "buoyancy" to her advantage at NBC's Battle Of The Network Stars, 1978.

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The audience went absolutely crazy as Lynda Carter took on Adrienne Barbeau at the swim competition of the "Battle Of The Network Stars" in 1978.  Carter, who was wildly famous for her role as Wonder Woman came into the competition with a lot of pressure to perform in real life as her character did in the TV series, destroying the bad guys and always victorious.  Expectations were even more abreast as the crowd hoped the competition would live up to the "jiggle television" movement which always included undertones of sexuality within the stories and humor of each of the episodes of Wonder Woman, as so many other shows did in the '70s.  Lynda ended up taking home the championship in the swim competition and lived up to her reputation as Wonder Woman and also the Queen of Jiggle TV.  What a time to be alive!

Pictures of You - U.S. soldier with pictures of his lady back home on his helmet in 1968.

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This photograph was taken on May 1, 1968, during the Vietnam War. Stationed in Cu Chi, South Vietnam, this American soldier misses his girlfriend so much his helmet band filled with her photograph. No doubt her photograph served as a touchstone for him, providing comfort in those terrifying times. All of the soldiers sent to war would have benefited from some source that would provide a constant reminder of home and all they had to stay strong and alive for. Meanwhile, back home in the states, an entire generation was protesting the conflict and demanding the safe return of the young Americans sent over.  

Putting the heavy metal to the pedal, Judas Priest onstage in Oakland during their Sin After Sin Tour in 1977.

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English heavy metal band Judas Priest have sold close to 50 million albums since they first formed back in 1968. Because of their innovative and what many consider pioneering body of work, they are widely considered one of the greatest metal bands of all time.

Their Sin After Sin Tour took place in 1977, in support of their album Sin After Sin. From April 22, 1977, until July 24, 1977, Judas Priest made their way through England with a date in Wales and finally made their very first visit to the United States.

Ralph Henry Baer ( The Father of Video Games ) and Bill Harrison (Video Game Hardware Guru) playing the first Ping Pong video game in 1969.

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Ralph Henry Baer was an inventor, game developer, and engineer. His contributions to games and the video game industry as a whole in the latter half of the 20th century earned him the title of the Father of Video games.

Baer had already proposed the idea of playing games on television screens years before trying, but his boss rejected it. Then in 1966 while working at Sanders Associates, he went on to develop eight hardware prototypes. With the help of videogame hardware guru Bill Harrison, they created the world’s first in-home video game console. 

Sophia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, aka Sophia Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She credits her beauty to spaghetti...

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"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti," the curvaceous Italian beauty once said. While it’s true she got her start as a teen back in the 1950s, she only had small, unmemorable bit parts. It wasn’t until her performance as Cesira in “Vittorio De Sica's Two Women” that Loren' talents were fully recognized. The role ended up earning her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962. This made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. She has worked hard to maintain her unique beauty over six decades in the entertainment industry, appearing in almost 100 film and TV roles.


A 1968 Chevy ad for a Camaro Coupe SS with Rally Sport equipment, a Chevelle Coupe SS and a Corvette Sting Ray Convertible.

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Ah yes, the American classic muscle car, the Chevrolet Camaro… It went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was available as a two-door coupé or convertible. Oh so hot. It was Chevy’s competing model to the Ford Mustang and it shared some major components to the Pontiac Firebird that was also introduced for 1967. The Camaro had the same conventional rear-drive, front-engine configuration as the Mustang and Chevy II Nova. Pictured here in this General Moders ad is Chevy's 1968 model, the Camaro Coupe SS with Rally Sport equipment, a Chevelle Coupe SS, and a Corvette Sting Ray Convertible. 

Squad 51 paramedics Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) on Emergency! 1972-79

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Pictured here is Squad 51, television paramedics Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) from the show Emergency!

Emergency! Was a combination of your standard medical drama with the action-adventure genre. It was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, who were also the masterminds behind the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet.

The series stars Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as two special-trained firefighters authorized to provide emergency medical care. They’d stabilize victims of car accidents, fires, and various and transport them to medical facilities.

The Smithsonian Institution has accepted Emergency! memorabilia into its National Museum of American History's public-service section. The collection includes firefighters' helmets, turnouts, biophone, and defibrillator. The actual vehicles of Station 51 have become part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.

Swedish actress Ewa Aulin and an unrecognizable Marlon Brando starred in a sex farce film called Candy. (1968)

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The sex farce film Candy (1968) was based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg. It was one of many psychedelic movies that came out in the late 60’s, right along with Yellow Submarine, The Trip, Psych-Out, and Head. Candy received mixed reviews but was the 18th highest grossing film of the year and later became a cult classic.

The film essentially a satire on pornographic stories through the misadventures of Candy, the film’s naive heroin, portrayed by played by Ewa Aulin. It also stars Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, John Huston, John Astin, Charles Aznavour, Elsa Martinelli and Enrico Maria Salerno. 

The cast of The Big Valley, this western series was on TV from 1965-69.

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The Big Valley is an American Western television series that aired on ABC September 15, 1965 and ran until May 19, 1969. It starred Barbara Stanwyck, who played Victoria Barkley, the widow of a wealthy 19th-century California rancher, along with Richard Long, Lee Majors, Peter Breck and Linda Evans as her family.

Barbara Stanwyck won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series in 1966 for her performance in the show’s first season.She was nominated two more times for the same award in 1967 and 1968. Her work in The Big Valley also earned her three Golden Globe nominations as Best TV Star in 1966, 1967, and 1968.

The Golddiggers from The Dean Martin Show (1973)

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Pictured here are The Golddiggers back in 1973, a female singing and dancing troupe that debuted on The Dean Martin Show. They were later featured in a summer replacement series over three seasons. They backed Martin on his show as well as during his nightclub act but also performed on their own. They booked live venues, appeared on multiple television programs and even took part in three of Bob Hope's iconic Christmas tours.

The original troupe ran from 1968 until 1973 and some do still perform under "The Golddiggers", though several former group members splintered off to have solo careers or perform with other acts.

The Green Hornet & Kato chewing Super Bubble Bubble Gum. (1966)

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Here we have a slice of late-1960's television goodness. The Green Hornet was a single season television series that aired for the 1966–1967 and starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet/Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. The show only lasted 26 episodes before ABC cancelled it.

Originally the star of a radio series back in the 1930s until the 1950s, The Green Hornet was also adapted into movie serials, comic books, in addition to being included in crossover specials. Van Williams and Bruce Lee have both made cameo appearances as the Green Hornet and Kato in the Batman TV series. 

The Harlettes were Bette Midler's backup singers in the late 70's - early 80's, here's Katey Sagal, Linda Hart, Bette & Franny McCartney.

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Uh-oh here comes trouble! It’s The Harlettes in full form, Katey Sagal, Linda Hart, and Franny McCartney. The trio were backup singers for Bette Midler in the late 70's and into the early 80's. The Harlettes' line-up has changed numerous times since their inception in 1971. This particular trio was the 1978 bunch.

All of them went on to successful acting and musical careers after their Harlette days came to an end. Katey Sagal, went on to become best known for her role as Peg Bundy on Married With children. Hart headed off to Broadway, making her debut in the 1987 revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes. McCartney provided supporting vocals with Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons (of KISS), Tanya Tucker, Luther Vandross and Barbra Streisand, to name a few. She then went on to release her own album “As Is” in 2011. 

The lovely Linda Ronstadt performing onstage in 1975. She has earned 11 Grammys during her singing career.

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Linda Ronstadt has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award. On top of all that, the majority of her albums have been certified gold, platinum and even multi-platinum in the United States and internationally. She has over 30 studio albums and 15 greatest hits albums.

She retired back in 2011 and sadly, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which left her unable to sing. In 2014 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

This 1968 photo of Jim Morrison was taken by Paul Ferrara at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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Pictured here is Jim Morrison, chilling out at the Griffith Observatory. Morrison’s fame skyrocketed after his mysterious death at the age of 27– the curse of the 27-Club claiming yet another rock star. On record, an overdose is to blame however, no autopsy was ever performed.

This shot of the moody, often stoned frontman of the Doors, was taken by Paul Ferrara, the photographer credited with most of the iconic images of Morrison. Ferrara is also credited with the cover photograph of the Doors album Waiting for the Sun. He also directed Jim Morrison's 1969 film HWY: An American Pastoral.

Tom Petty sporting a mustache in 1976.

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Pictured here is a young Thomas Earl Petty rocking a seriously 70’s stash. Petty was the lead singer and songwriter of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in addition to being a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

The multi-instrumentalist has recorded numerous number 1 hit singles both as a solo artist and with the Heartbreakers.Throughout his long and wildly successful career, Tom petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2001. Tragically, Petty passed away recently, in October of 2017 after having suffered from cardiac arrest. 

Who had one of these bad-boys back in 1977

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Nothing invokes a sense of nostalgia like retro toys. Check out this beauty from Mattel, it’s their 1977 handheld electronic football. The Mattel Electronics handhelds or “pocket” games were a series of computer-controlled games that you could take on the go.

Milton Bradley’s Simon had just proven to be a huge success so not too long after Mattel decided to make their electronic game launch debut with devices that would fit in the palm of your hands. They initially only made 100,000 units and released them through Sears. By 1978 they were selling an astounding 500,000 units a week. The word success is an understatement. 

Young and beautiful Victoria Principal, from the early 70's.

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Pictured here is actress Victoria Principal best known for her long standing role as Pamela Ewing from 1978 to 1987 in the soap Opera Dallas. But around the time this photograph was taken she had recently finished The Naked Ape (1973) and in promotion of the film, she appeared nude in the September 1973 issue of Playboy.

Later in 1974, she cut off her waist length hair pictured here for an audition. She wanted to look more like the character “Rosa” in the disaster film Earthquake. So she chopped off her hair, dyed it black, and showed up to the audition with an afro. She won the role.

She went on to a role in Aaron Spelling’s television series, Fantasy Island, and soon after that she landed her role on Dallas which earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 1983. She went on to star in and co-produce various made-for-television movies, in addition to launching her own beauty product line. 

Young rockers Def Leppard, with their original member Pete Willis, in 1979.

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The rock band Def Leppard formed back in 1977 but the 1980s was really their decade (as was the early 90’s). Their 1981 album, High 'n' Dry, with the standout track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock music videos played on MTV back in 1982.

The band's next studio album, Pyromania came out in January of 1983, and its hit tracks like "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages" made Def Leppard a household name. The album was certified diamond (10× platinum) in the United States.

As of 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band's longest-standing line-up.

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Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".