62 Vintage Photos In History
Written by Josh Robertson
The bold, the talented, the beautiful and, alas, the doomed -- their photos intrigue and haunt us. Discovering a shot of a star we'd never seen before is like hearing a new secret from an old friend. We know the iconic photos -- the magazine covers and movie posters and publicity stills that go everywhere. But we're fascinated by the stolen moments, undocumented episodes and revealing outtakes. The time when the rock star grew a beard or wore cutoff shorts that were a little too short. The sex kittens and he-men of cinema before they were household names. The odd couples and unexpected couplings. They're all entrancing and enchanting -- taking us back while showing us something new.
Farrah Fawcett getting soaked for a photo shoot. Photo by Bruce McBroom, 1976.
Here's another shot from the photo session with Bruce McBroom that yielded Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit poster -- the best-selling poster of all time, according to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. There's an odd thing about this shoot, though -- why did Fawcett wear a bikini? Charlie's Angels wasn't even on TV yet, and the poster company wanted to sell posters -- and Farrah is wearing a one-piece? McBroom would recall years later that the poster company had of course asked for a bikini shot, but Fawcett didn't own a bikini. McBroom snapped her in numerous poses with various outfits she owned, but wasn't feeling he'd nailed it yet. He sent her back into her closet one last time, to find something she felt sexy and comfortable in, and she emerged in the soon-to-be famous red swimsuit.
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