63 Rare Historical Photos

Written by Lyra Radford

Often our knowledge and perceptions of the past are challenged, especially as rare photos finally reach the surface. We discover new things about political figures, icons of popular culture, and even gain insights into old practices and important historical events… 

Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira (1975) "Mistress of the Dark"

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Pictured here is actress Cassandra Peterson all decked out as horror hostess, Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Elvira is Cassandra’s most famous character. Prior to that she was a showgirl, (who dated Elvis briefly) and had dancing and modeling gigs.

As the host of the weekly horror movie presentation, “Elvira's Movie Macabre,” Cassandra quickly achieved genre icon status. Between her revealing, gothic appearance, quirky personality, and Valley girl-type speech, her rise in popularity came as no surprise.

The late 1980s and 1990s brought a string of Elvira-themed comics and computer games such as: “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark”, “Elvira 2: The Jaws of Cerberus”, and “Elvira: The Arcade Game.” There are also two Elvira-themed pinball machines and she was also featured in the PlayStation3 game “Pain” in 2007.