Beautiful Photos That Capture The Nostalgia Of The Past

Written by Lyra Radford

The beautiful starlets, the kings of comedy, and most influential musicians to date… collected here are history’s pop culture icons who have helped shape our culture and when necessary, provided much-needed distractions from the struggles and mundanity that often weasel their way into daily life. 

Actress JoAnna Cameron has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having appeared in 105 TV commercials. She was also a Saturday morning favorite in 'The Secrets of Isis' in 1975-77.

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Actress JoAnna Cameron has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having appeared in 105 TV commercials. She was also a Saturday morning children’s favorite in 'The Secrets of Isis' in 1975-77. A role which she is still best known for today. Her television performances also included roles in The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Columbo, and several episodes of Marcus Welby, MD. While she may be a queen of television, she has done some notable film work as well. She was cast in the film How to Commit Marriage in 1969, and in the 1970s she was in films B.S. I Love You and the black comedy Pretty Maids All in a Row.

Blonde beauties Loni Anderson and Morgan Fairchild in 1979.

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Here are blonde beauties Loni Anderson and Morgan Fairchild. Anderson’s acting debut came with a bit part in the film Nevada Smith (1966), starring Steve McQueen. She is probably best known for her four-year run as on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, in which she played receptionist Jennifer Marlowe from 1978 to 1982.

Morgan Fairchild achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with roles in television shows like daytime soap operas "Search for Tomorrow" and "Dallas". Then she took on a lead role in the series Flamingo Road (1980), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.

Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris on the set of 'The Way of the Dragon' 1972.

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The Way of the Dragon (1972) is a Hong Kong martial arts action comedy that was written, produced and directed by Bruce Lee, who also just so happens to star in it. The film also co-stars Nora Miao, Chuck Norris (pictured here), Robert Wall and Hwang In-Shik. Way of the Dragon is Lee’s only completed directorial film and it was a success. It set a new box office record in Hong Kong and it won the Golden Horse Award for Best Film Editing. In it, “A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.”

The Tubes singer Fee Waybill as burnt out rock star 'Quay Lewd' in 1977.

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Pictured here is John Waldo "Fee" Waybill, the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Tubes back in 1977. Waybill is also known for his work with other acts, including Toto, Richard Marx, and projects headed by Billy Sherwood. The Tubes came to be after two Phoenix bands relocated to San Francisco in 1969 and merged as one.

Their debut album was released in 1975 and included the hit single "White Punks on Dope". In 1980 they performed in the film Xanadu, singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song "Dancin'" opposite a big band. Then in 1983, their hit single was "She's a Beauty", it was a top 10 U.S. and a frequently-played music video on MTV. 

Cathy Lee Crosby had the lead role in the 1974 'Wonder Woman' TV film.

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Pictured here is Cathy Lee Crosby in the lead role in the 1974 'Wonder Woman' TV film. The ratings weren’t so hot, but a year later Lynda Carter popularized the role in the weekly series Wonder Woman. Crosby started out as a professional tennis player who played at Wimbledon twice, before quitting sometime between 1967 and 1970. Her first television role was playing Susan on an episode of It Takes a Thief (1968) titled, 'The Lay of the Land'. Her first movie role was as Kay Butler in the 20th Century Fox crime drama The Laughing Policeman (1973). Then she starred in the movie Trackdown (1976), Coach (1978), and The Dark (1979). 

Jimi Hendrix in the control room of his Electric Lady Studio in New York City (1970)

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Pictured here is rock star Jimi Hendrix, or as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. As can be seen here, he is working his magic in the control room of Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, New York City, back in 1970. Electric Lady Studios was built by Jimi Hendrix in 1970, it was still his shiny new baby when this photo was taken. Sadly, Hendrix was only able to spend four short weeks recording in his Electric Lady before his untimely death, but it has since been used by many notable artists.

Model Dolores Erickson on the cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass LP. (1965)

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Here we have Dolores Erickson wearing nothing but cream and a ‘come hither’ glare, on the cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass LP back in 1965. The album was released in 1965, shot up to #1 on the Billboard pop music charts and sold over six million copies!

As Herb Alpert tells it, his initial reaction to the now-iconic photo was one of shock, to say the least. “My first reaction was, 'Holy shit, man. Too racy,' obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, 'Wow, that’s a little much.' And I didn’t know, quite frankly, whether it reflected the album -- the music I was doing at the time. But we decided to go with it. Obviously, that was fortuitous.”   

Video gamers playing on a Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

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Check it out, it’s some gamers playing on an old Magnavox Odyssey back in 1972! For those who don’t know, the Magnavox Odyssey was the first commercial home video game console. It was developed by a small team led by Ralph H. Baer at Sanders Associates and released by Magnavox in the United States in September of 1972 before making its way overseas the following year. The whole concept was dreamed up by Baer back in August of 1966, and over the following three years he, along with Bill Harrison and Bill Rusch, created seven successive prototype consoles. Lucky number seven was, known as the Brown Box, and it was this console that Magnavox agreed to produce.

Hot pants!

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The term “Hot Pants”, was first used by Women's Wear Daily back in 1970 to describe shorts made in luxury fabrics such as velvet and satin for fashionable wear. Since then, the term has grown to refer to any pair of extremely short shorts (which became very popular in the 70’s). By the mid-1970s they had become associated with the sex industry and declined significantly in the mainstream fashion world. But hot pants live on in the entertainment industry; particularly with cheerleaders, pop music performing artists, and backup dancers.

Fun in the sun with Cesar Romero as 'The Joker' from the TV series Batman in 1967.

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Here's an awkward but fun beach picture of actor Cesar Romero as one of Batman's most infamous Villains, The Joker. As if the character signature makeup and flashy wardrobe weren't enough comma Cesar Romero refused to shave his mustache for the part so the makeup was piled on top of it. His mustache could be seen right through the makeup, it added yet another fabulously cheesy layer to the Joker’s whole look.

By the late 1990s, Cesar Romero had completely stopped acting, no one really knew why. He also never married or had any children, often described as a “confirmed Bachelor.” Many speculated about his sexuality, but he always had a beautiful woman on his arm. Including, actresses like Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, and Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, and Barbara Stanwyck. He died from complications of a blood clot in January 1994. 

Best head of hair in rock-n-roll! Robert Plant lost in thought back in 1970.

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Pictured here is singer, songwriter, and musician Robert Anthony Plant, best known as the frontman of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant’s vocal range is as powerful as it is wide (and particularly high-pitched). His singing career has spanned over 50 years and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll. Heavy Metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time" back in 2006 and he was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock in 2009.

Jessica Lange rocking a faux fur coat and looking fabulous! (1979)

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Here’s a young and beautiful Jessica Lange rocking a fur coat back in 1979. At this point in her career, the now-iconic actress was best known for her role in the 1976 monster film, King Kong. It was a (then) modern remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Of all three of the King Kong movies, the 1976 version is the only one to feature the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building. It was a commercial hit, in fact, it was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1977 and it won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

Vince Lombardi, Coach of the Green Bay Packers - 1960's

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Here is American football player, coach, and National Football League executive Vincent Thomas Lombardi. The man has contributed so much to the NFL but he is probably best known for his years as head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. He led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years time, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls in the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.

Lombardi is still widely considered to be the greatest coach in football history, and after dying suddenly from cancer in 1970, the NFL Super Bowl trophy was named in his honor. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. 

This was a common look for Venice Beach in the 1970’s

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This was a common look for Venice Beach back in the 1970s. Muscle men, hippie chicks, and roller skates for everyone! The eclectic mix of people in such a relaxed and beautiful setting was intoxicating. The 70’s really was the golden era for Venice Beach, an era where sun-bleached babes, cruisers, Vans, and corduroy OP shorts reigned supreme. 

School crossing- Children have to cross a river using pulleys on their way to school in the outskirts of Modena, Italy in 1959.

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Remember all those stories your parents and grandparents used to tell you that started out with the phrase “back in my day…” and usually involved some horrendously exaggerated and uncomfortable way they had to travel? Well, next time they start that nonsense show them this picture for some perspective. It’s doubtful that many oldtimers had to use pulleys to cross a river with who knows what living in it, just to get to school every day. Unless of course, your grandparents grew up on the outskirts of Modena Italy like these children did that is...

The beautiful Judy Garland on set. (1962)

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Here’s a lovely shot of Judy Garland on set back in 1962. The child star best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, won the hearts of the nation singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” She grew up to become a major pop culture icon– especially in the gay community. She was the youngest and the first female to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She was the first woman to win a Grammy, for Album of the Year. She’s had several records inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and she was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s among the top ten female stars of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.

Check out this Cadillac Sedan deVille (1969)

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Check out this groovy Cadillac Sedan Deville back in 1969! The first to bear the name was actually the 1949 Coupe DeVille, the first Cadillac "Coupe de Ville" was shown during the 1949 Motorama. In its first year it only sold 2,150 units, but the following year, sales doubled. Then in 1951, sales doubled yet again, to 10,241 exceeding the sales for the Series 62 Club Coupe that year. The last model to be formally known as a DeVille was the 2005 Cadillac DeVille, which was a full-size sedan that was the largest in the company’s model range at the time. The following year, the DeVille was officially renamed DTS.

A look at teenage Pamela Anderson (1982)

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Wow, check out this early photo of Pam Anderson! She was just a happy, bright-eyed, youngin here in the early 80’s. She looks so different here, so cute! Then she had some work done and by the late 80’s she had bounced her way into sex-icon status fame with her role on the popular show Baywatch. She was also Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February of 1990 and has since appeared in it several more times throughout the 1990s and the 2000s. She also landed roles on television series like Home Improvement and V.I.P.

Jaqueline Bisset stopping to smell the flowers in the 1970s

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This stunning photograph of English actress, Jacqueline Bisset was taken back in the 1970's. Jacqueline first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in The Detective, Bullitt, and The Sweet Ride, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'. Then in the 1973 she starred in Day for Night and the following year she was in the classic Murder on the Orient Express. She earned another Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in the 1978 film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? She also earned an Emmy nominated role in the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999). She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Dancing on the Edge (2013). She was also bestowed France's highest honour, the Légion d'honneur in 2010.

Jayne Mansfield vintage Hollywood Christmas photo (1960)

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Here we have a sultry Jayne Mansfield all decked out in some holiday spirit in this vintage Hollywood Christmas photograph from 1960. The famously provocative entertainer certainly knew how to always leave her fans wanting more. She was notorious for her publicity stunts and secured sex-icon status almost as soon as she broke into the industry. Although Mansfield's life ended too soon, she did see several box-office successes and she took home a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. 

Capucine in a scene from the film 'Walk on the Wild Side', directed by Edward Dmytryk (1962)

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The French model and actress, Capucine is best-known for her comedic roles in The Pink Panther (1963) and What's New Pussycat? (1965). Here she is in a scene from the film 'Walk on the Wild Side', in 1962. She appeared in 36 films and 17 television productions between 1948 and 1990.

Walk on the Wild Side had a cast full of stars, including Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, and Barbara Stanwyck, and was scripted by John Fante. It is an adult film noir has explicit overtones and subject matter. It surrounds the lives and relationships between people engaged in commercial prostitution at a stylish New Orleans brothel. 

Actor Dennis Hopper started off his career when he appeared alongside James Dean in 'Rebel Without a Cause' in 1955 and 'Giant' (1956).

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Dennis Lee Hopper made his first television appearance in 1954, but his big film debut was alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause in 1955 and then Giant in 1956. His upward trajectory continued throughout the decade and the following. By the end of the 1960s, he had appeared in several films and had launched a prolific and acclaimed photography career. He made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider in 1969, which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern. This film earned him a Cannes Film Festival Award for "Best First Work" and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Fonda and Southern).

Charo began playing guitar at the age of 9 and trained under the famed Andrés Segovia

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Pictured here is Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist Charo. She began playing guitar at the age of 9 and trained under the famed Andrés Segovia, as a teen she was discovered by Latin bandleader and 'Rumba King,' Xavier Cugat and joined his orchestra as a singer & dancer.

She spent the late 1960s and 1970s, becoming quite the presence on American television. She frequently guest-starred on shows like Laugh-In, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. She quickly became known for her heavy Spanish accent and the catchphrase "cuchi-cuchi".

As a musician, she continued to perform and record in various styles for five decades. She once said in an interview "around the world I am known as a great musician. But, in America, I am known as the cuchi-cuchi girl. That’s okay because cuchi-cuchi has taken me all the way to the bank."

It's a bird, it's a plane, nope...it's Dick Butkus! He was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears of from 1965 to 1972 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

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Richard Marvin Butkus, or as he’s better known, Dick Butkus, is a former American pro-football player, sports commentator, and actor. He was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1972 and is credited with having defined the middle linebacker position.

He is renowned as a fierce tackler and is widely regarded as both, one of the greatest and one of the most intimidating linebackers in pro football history. Out of nine NFL seasons, he was invited to eight Pro Bowls, named a first-team All-Pro six times, and was twice recognized as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and his No. 51 jersey is retired by the Bears. 

British band 'Procol Harum' was best-known for their 1967 hit single 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', which is one of the few singles in history to have sold over 10 million copies.

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The English rock band Procol Harum formed in 1967 and remains best known for their first hit single "A Whiter Shade of Pale". It’s still widely considered a classic in pop music, it’s one of the few singles that has gone on to sell over 10 million copies! The band’s live debut in 1967 was a pretty impressive gig as well, as they opened for Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Although their sound is noted for having a baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum's music also embraces the blues, R&B, and soul.

Dolly Parton singing on The Porter Wagoner Show (1967)

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It was in September of 1967, soon after Dolly’s successful debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly”, that country singer Porter Wayne Wagoner invited the new comer to perform on his successful television series, The Porter Wagoner Show. The onscreen chemistry between these two was undeniable, and they became quite a well-known vocal duo throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, Parton has gone on to become the most honored female country performer of all time.

She has garnered nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award!

Sidecar racers living dangerously in 1954.

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Believe it or not sidecar racing events have and still exist. As you can see here, these sidecar racers were living on the edge back in 1954. For those who don’t know, the sidecar is a one-wheeled device attached to the side of a motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle.

As far as racing goes, sidecars are often classed by age or engine size, with historic sidecar racing (which resembles solo motorcycles with platforms attached) often being more popular than its modern counterpart which are low, long, and have borrowed tech from open wheel race cars. In either class, there is a rider and a passenger who must work in unison for the machine to perform. 

Hammer Time! MC Hammer aka Stanley Burrell was an Oakland Athletics bat boy, here he is with Hammerin' Hank Aaron in the early 70's.

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Pictured here is a young Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known by his stage name MC Hammer, along with his father Hank Aaron. Little Stanley grew up to become a hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer, and entrepreneur. The height of his popularity was from the late 1980s until the early 1990s with hit records such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit".

A multi-award winner will always be best remembered for his flashy dance moves and his iconic Hammer pants. MC Hammer is considered a pioneer of pop rap and he is the first hip-hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album.

The Bradley sisters- Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo and Betty Jo from 'Petticoat Junction'.

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Pictured here are the Bradley sisters– Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo and Betty Jo from 'Petticoat Junction'. Petticoat Junction is a situation comedy that originally aired from September 1963 to April 1970. It’s set at the Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by Kate Bradley, her three daughters, and her uncle Joe Carson.

This series is one of three interrelated shows produced by Paul Henning. In fact, it’s the second in the group. The first being The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971), then following the success of Petticoat Junction came the spin-off, Green Acres (1965–1971). 

Actress Yvette Mimieux was a beauty contest winner and model when signed to an MGM contract in 1959, she was popular in the 60's with films like 'Where The Boys Are,' 'Toys in the Attic,' and 'The Time Machine'

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Here we have a stunning photograph of model and actress Yvette Mimieux. She was a beauty contest winner and model before she was signed to an MGM contract in 1959 that brought her big screen fame with popular 60's with films like: 'Where The Boys Are,' 'Toys in the Attic,' and 'The Time Machine'.

After her MGM contract was up, she went on to land roles in a Western titled The Reward (1967) and then made a Disney comedy called Monkeys, Go Home! The same year. She was also in The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967), Dark of the Sun (1968), Three in the Attic (1969), and she appeared in the critically acclaimed movie The Picasso Summer (1969).  Her acting career remained consistent until she finally retired in 1992, her last film was Lady Boss.

6'6'' award-winning writer, actor, producer and director, Bo Svenson was in Walking Tall, Part II (1975) and Walking Tall - Final Chapter (1977).

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Here’s a shot of 6'6'' award-winning writer, actor, producer and director, Bo Svenson. Before his ‘Walking Tall” days, he was Lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen in the hit TV series Here Come the Brides back in the late 60s.Then in the mid 70s In the mid-1970s, he took over the role of lawman Buford Pusser from Joe Don Baker in both sequels to Walking Tall. He then reprised the role for a short-lived television series of the same name in 1981.

One of his most famous film roles is Michael McBain in the 1976 cult classic Breaking Point. Most recently he made a cameo as an American colonel in Inglourious Basterds, as a tribute to his role in The Inglorious Bastards.

Declan Patrick MacManus aka Elvis Costello in 1977.

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Pictured here is Declan Patrick MacManus, better known by his stage name Elvis Costello. The English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer began his career back in the 70’s as part of London's pub rock scene. Then in the mid to late 70’s he became apart of the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement.

Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True in 1977, he has gone on to become one of the greatest music artists of all time. He has won multiple awards over the years including a Grammy. He’s been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer twice, and Costello and the Attractions have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John and Ringo looking around the set before the 'Sgt. Pepper' album photoshoot. [1967]

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Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse of the 'Sgt. Pepper' album photoshoot back in 1967. As can be seen here, John and Ringo were looking around the set before getting started, they look pleased.  It was Paul McCartney who really spearheaded the whole cover concept. It was during this time period, that McCartney was making an effort to assert himself when it came to the Beatles' career decisions. Before he was going with the flow, but around this time he stepped up his game and this trend continued for the remainder of their time together as a band.  

How cool is this mini-bike with sidecar and the little kids in their outfits back in 1962!

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How cool is this vintage mini-bike with a sidecar from back in 1962? It wasn’t just the grown-ups that were into racing these bad boys, little tikes wanted in on the action too. These things are fun, there really is no denying the addictive nature of the sidecar. Even people who wouldn’t bat an eyelash at a regular motorcycle feel the allure of the sidecar, you can’t help but smile when you see one. Who wouldn’t want to hop on in one of these groovy little things? 

Here's how little kids used to play outside back in 1975.

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Remember this? It’s called playing outside and I’m pretty sure the children of the late 70s to early 80s were the last batch to spend their days doing so. Bicycles, scooters, trees, the garden hose… remember building forts and running wild through sprinklers? Long before the iPad existed and every home had multiple gaming consoles and personal computers, kids had to make their own fun and they usually did so in the great outdoors. Kids were active, social, and capable of some serious out of the box thinking when it came to coming up with ways to entertain themselves.

Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons and Tony Curtis on the set of Spartacus 1960

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Pictured here are stars Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons and Tony Curtis on the set of Spartacus back in 1960. The 1960 American epic historical drama was based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. The whole story was inspired by the life of the leader of a slave revolt in antiquity, Spartacus, and the events of the Third Servile War.

The film won four Academy Awards in all and became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios' history until it was surpassed by Airport (1970). It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2017. 

In February 1968, 13 years after they first met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter, he stopped the show during a live performance at the hockey arena in Ontario.

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In February 1968, 13 years after they first met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter, he stopped the show during a live performance at the hockey arena in Ontario.

Johnny Cash was known for his poignant love letters, and the one he penned to his wife in 1994 for her 65th Birthday was eventually named the greatest love letter of all time.

"Maybe sometimes take each other for granted, but once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much."

The Cash and Carter love story inspired two movies. Reese Witherspoon earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Carter in Walk the Line (2005), opposite Joaquin Phoenix. The singer and actress Jewel also portrayed June Cash in a Lifetime movie based on a memoir by John Carter Cash, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.

Suzanne Somers jogging at the beach in the early 70's.

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It’s an always sunny Suzanne Somers taking a jog on the beach back in the 70s. The actress, author, and spokesperson is best known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company who was an office secretary, portrayed as a stereotypical dumb blonde.

Her other popular role came in 1990 when she was cast as Carol Foster-Lambert on the family sitcom Step by Step. Then from 1997 to 1999, she co-hosted the revised Candid Camera with Peter Funt. Somers went on to author a series of best-selling self-help books, two autobiographies, four diet books, and a book of poetry.

Here's a couple modeling protective suits against nuclear fallout in New York City. (1961)

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Check out these fashionable atomic fallout suits, approved by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. That’s right folks, in case of nuclear fallout, just put on these plastic raincoats for 8 days of protection and peace of mind! This piece of hilarious history was photographed by Max Scheler in New York back in 1961.

Max Scheler became a photojournalist in the 1950s, observing and photographing social and historical events throughout the world. He was particularly drawn to capturing people’s emotions and reactions to social issues or during times of crisis.  

A gentlemanly Godzilla holding an umbrella for his lady companion in 1954.

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This has got to be one of the greatest Godzilla photos ever taken. Here he is, the king of “Stomp and Grrr” holding an umbrella while escorting his female companion like a true gentleman back in 1954.

This was the first year Godzilla appeared in a film and the monster quickly become a worldwide pop culture icon. Since the time this photo was taken, Godzilla has gone on to appear in 29 films produced by Toho, three Hollywood films, not to mention numerous video games, novels, comic books, television shows. It’s no wonder this enormous prehistoric beast is often referred to as the "King of the Monsters"!

For only $5995, you could buy the 10-Megabyte Computer System in 1977.

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Wow! Check out this old ad for the 10-Megabyte Computer System back in 1977! Can you believe there was a time that these dinosaurs were considered progressive? “Thinking ahead for the 80’s” the ad claims. Can you even get 12-inch monitors anymore? And look at that price tag! You read it right! Imagine the epic custom gaming desktop you could get for that price. 

Audrey Hepburn in the film, Two for the Road 1967.

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Here’s a shot of the always charming Audrey Hepburn in the film, Two for the Road back in 1967. The British comedic drama star Albert Finney along with Hepburn and tells the tale of a married couple who examine their twelve-year relationship while on a road trip to Southern France.

The story was told in a non-linear fashion so it was actually quite experimental for its time. Frederic Raphael received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing and Audrey Hepburn was nominated for a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. The film itself was ranked #57 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Passions list.

Maila Nurmi was a Finnish-American actress and TV personality who created the campy 1950's character, 'Vampira'.

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Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi (known professionally as Maila Nurmi), was the mastermind behind the campy 1950s character Vampira. It was after several minor film roles that she took her success into her own hands and became television's first horror host! Her series, The Vampira Show, ran from 1954 to 1955 on KABC-TV. After it was canceled she went on to appear in the cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space. She plays a beatnik poet in the 1959 movie, The Beat Generation where she is billed as Vampira. Vampira was also in the crime film The Big Operator (1959).

In 1981, Nurmi was asked to revive her Vampira character for television. After collaborating on the relaunch with producers, they cast Cassandra Peterson without consulting her and Nurmi eventually left the project. She also sued Cassandra Peterson after she launched her Elvira Mistress of the Dark character. The court eventually ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that "likeness means actual representation of another person's appearance, and not simply close resemblance."

Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey & Oliver Reed in a scene from Tommy (1975).

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Here’s a still from a scene in the film Tommy back in 1975. The iconic dramatic musical fantasy is based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy, which is about a seemingly disabled boy who becomes a religious pinball champion. The film’s star-studded ensemble cast, includes the band members themselves, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, Arthur Brown, and Jack Nicholson.

Ann-Margret’s performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and she was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pete Townshend was nominated for an Oscar for his work in scoring and adapting the music for the film. In 1975, the film won the award for Rock Movie of the Year in the First Annual Rock Music Awards.

Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel in the 1977 Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.

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The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the third to star Roger Moore as secret agent James Bond. Barbara Bach and Curt Jürgens co-star. In it, “James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.“

While it takes its title from Ian Fleming's novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the movie does not contain any of the novel’s plot elements. In fact, the film was later novelized in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amid many other nominations.

Debbie Harry and David Bowie cheek to cheek in 1977.

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In 1977, David Bowie was on tour with Iggy Pop to support Iggy's album THE IDIOT, which Bowie produced. For the North American leg of the tour, they brought in the punk/new wave band Blondie as their opening act! Pictured here are music legends David Bowie and Deborah Harry of Blondie. She always credited Bowie with having a huge hand in taking her career to great heights after this tour. Opening for David Bowie and Iggy Pop changed everything for Blondie.

Debbie Harry was later quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine: "Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like 'Heroes,' 'Rebel Rebel,' 'Young Americans,' 'Diamond Dogs,' 'The Jean Genie,' and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger. I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him."

French actress Pascale Petit (1960)

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French actress Pascale Petit appeared in more than fifty films from 1957 to 2001. She was born in Paris, France as Anne-Marie Petit and worked as a beautician before shifting her focus to acting. She performed on stage and in films, and in 1957, she was honored with the Susanne Bianchetti Award for best hopeful newcomer for her role as Mic, in Les Tricheurs. She is best known for her roles in A Queen for Caesar (1962), End of Desire (1958) and The Crucible (1957). 

Comedian-actors Jerry and Ben Stiller walking around in New York, 1978.

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Here’s a shot of father-son comedic actor duo, Jerry and Ben Stiller back in 1978. Jerry has been a comedian for decades and his son is now one of the most successful actors in Hollywood.But this little gem was taken when he was just 12 years old and heading to the theatre with his dad back in 1978. Little Ben’s sporting a 'Tele-bid 13' t-shirt and a rather bouffant style bob… he certainly has improved with age. They both have!

Now they are both looking great and are rocking the Hollywood film industry on a regular basis. Ben has titles like Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and Meet the Fockers. And who didn’t love Jerry in Seinfeld and The King of Queens? The guy is hilarious!

Perhaps even more remarkable though is his father Jerry who looks better now at age 86 than he did some 40 years ago which must be due to some special Hollywood magic only he knows how to use.

Christopher Reeve & son Matthew having fun at The Bronx Zoo in 1981.

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It’s Superman Christopher Reeve hanging out with his son Matthew at The Bronx Zoo back in 1981. Little Matthew grew up to take on Hollywood just like his dad. He now works as an independent producer/director, screenwriter, and activist. He graduated from Brown University in 2002, and produced and directed the documentary Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion - which won the Communicator Award for Excellence in documentary filmmaking and was nominated for an Emmy. The follow-up film Christopher Reeve: Choosing Hope aired on BBC1 in October 2004, shortly after Christopher Reeve's death.

Here's the University of Wisconsin cheerleaders making a pyramid back in 1975.

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Here’s a still of the University of Wisconsin cheerleaders at Camp Randall Stadium, Madison. The University of Wisconsin Spirit Squad has always prided themselves on being a highly visible and enthusiastic group of student-athletes. They are comprised of the Cheerleading Squad, the Dance Team, and of course the Bucky Badger Mascots.

The cheerleaders, dance team, and mascot could be found at all football and basketball games. All three teams represent Badger athletics and the University serve as ambassadors for the University of Wisconsin at various public relation events.

Dude looks like a lady! Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges (in a wig and dress) in a scene from the movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974.

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As the synopsis of this buddy-flick, road-trip, heist-movie reads, “With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.”

Pure gold! Jeff Bridges in full drag to pull off a heist! He dons a dress, wig, high heel shoes, and make-up for their plan which at one point, lands he and Eastwood posing as a couple at a drive-in movie theatre.

Thunderbolt and Lightning give audiences a robbery, tough guy talk, a high-speed chase, and a little bit of cross-dressing with some stunning countryside thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love?  

Jerry Lewis and Colonel Sanders enjoying a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1970.

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In 1968 KFC launched an advertisement campaign featuring Jerry Lewis chowing down on a bucket of KFC’s finest right alongside the chicken king himself, Colonel Sanders. “The Big Mouth Loves Kentucky Fried Chicken!” The ad boasted in reference to Lewis’ 1967 film “The Big Mouth”. The Big Mouth is a comedy which Jerry Lewis produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in. The film also features a cameo by Colonel Harland Sanders!

A group of female bikers, 1973.

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This group of female bikers are members of the Hells Angels. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is a worldwide biker club. Typically, the members ride Harleys and they are considered to be an organized crime syndicate by the United States Department of Justice.

While the organization is predominantly white males, but women have always played a role too. In fact, they can play the same role as men, helping out with anything asked of them. Back in the 60’s, they were called “Momas” and usually dating or married to one of the male members but things have changed over the years and women have become viewed as equals. 

Tania Mallet on the set of Goldfinger, 1964.

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Here’s a great shot of the beautiful Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger back in 1964.

Goldfinger is the third installment in the James Bond spy film series to be produced by Eon Productions, starring Sean Connery as Bond.

It shares many elements with other Bond films, such as the extensive use of technology and gadgets, an extensive pre-credits sequence, multiple foreign locations, and tongue in cheek humor like this classic exchange:

James Bond: Why were you shooting at me?

Tilly Masterson: I wasn't. I was shooting at Goldfinger.

James Bond: Then you're an awful shot.

Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award, opened to largely favorable critical reception, and it was ranked #70 on the BFI Top 100 British films list.

Kirk Douglas in the movie Spartacus 1960.

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Here’s Kirk Douglas in what many consider his career-defining role– that of the Thracian slave rebel Spartacus. Douglas was also the executive producer and raised $12 million to cover production costs, making it one of the most expensive films of the time. Initially Anthony Mann was set to direct, but Douglas replace him with Stanley Kubrick early on.

After the film’s release, Douglas did right by the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and gave him full credit even though he was on the Hollywood blacklist at the time. Which thereby effectively ended it! Later Douglas said, "I've made over 85 pictures, but the thing I'm most proud of is breaking the blacklist." 

Mustachioed Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner at the Flamingo (1952).

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Here’s a vintage photo of singer Frank Sinatra and his wife at the time, actress Ava Gardner. The couple were at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, on January 1, 1952. As you can see, Sinatra was rocking a pencil-thin mustache with his tux that night and Ava was just as stunning as always.

Gardner's third and last marriage was to singer and actor Frank Sinatra, from 1951 to 1957. She would later say in her autobiography that he was the love of her life. She later recalled their interaction just prior to their first date “He was so handsome, with his thin, boyish face, bright blue eyes, and ­incredible grin. And he was so ­enthusiastic and invigorated, clearly pleased with life, in general, himself, in particular, and, at that moment, me.”

He asked her out soon after that. Apparently the two went for a late-night drunken drive from Palm Springs to Indio. Sinatra had a .38 on him and they shot out streetlights and store windows as they drove by!

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Lyra Radford


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".