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OLD FASHIONED Telephones

December 13, 2017

Nowadays, most people, both young and old, know what SMART phones are. Interestingly enough, at one time, phones, in general, were considered to be cutting edge and sophisticated.The invention...

Hemp/Cannabis … Why Not?

December 12, 2017

Indian hemp / Cannabis plant (Cannabis indica / Cannabis sativa) growing on plantation for medicinal purposes or as drug. (Photo by: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images) “HEMP”Noun:1. Also called In...

The Vinyl We Grew Up Listening to is Back, Baby!

December 11, 2017

People are obviously diverse in countless ways. We all come from different cultures and ways of life, but there is a common thread that unites us. That being music. ...

Public School Air Raid Drills – Do You Remember?

December 3, 2017

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram ar...

A Guy and His Car ... It's a Beautiful Thing!

November 21, 2017

It goes without saying that a guy’s first (true) love is probably his car. That being said, the car may come only after his first dog and possibly, his mother (or so she ...

Rare Photos Reveal The Simple Innocence Of The Most Fas...

November 19, 2017

Thinking back to simpler days is comforting. The majority of the new 'pop icons' of today are pretty lackluster when compared to those of yesterday. The cultural ...

“Hippie Anthems” – The Music We Grew Up To!

November 17, 2017

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, America’s young people were fed up with all of the ugly, political violence. They were in search of a more accepting, loving and peaceful...

“I Love You, Alice B. Toklas” – Marijuana Brownie Queen...

November 15, 2017

Leigh Taylor-Young flashing finger signs as Peter Sellers smiles in a scene from the film 'I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!', 1968. (Photo by Warner Brothers-...

The Gas Shortage of the 1970’s - Oh, The Madness!

November 14, 2017

UNITED STATES - MAY 06: Paul Pierson with signs during New Jersey gas shortage. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) I was in elementary sc...

Evolution Of The Daytime Soap Opera

November 4, 2017

Originally, television programming was mostly conservative. Programs mimicked the likes of radio melodramas that were so very popular. Early on in the history of television broadcas...

“The Mod Squad," Cool Cops!

November 3, 2017

The Mod Squad was a crime/drama television series that ran from 1968 to 1973. At the time, the show pushed the limits on what we, as a society, were willing to accept and buy into. Amer...

Is it True What They Say About Puff, the Magic Dragon?

November 2, 2017

For as long as I can remember, there has been a debate about the true meaning of the words to the song, “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and the story behind it. Folk m...

The Strangest Trade In Baseball History - Wife Swap?

November 1, 2017

Although you may or may not have heard of wife swapping; also known as “swinging,” I am going to go out on a limb and say that you probably have. Make no mistake th...

Groovy Photos You've Never Seen Before

October 30, 2017

It’s once again time to take a peek into the old Groovy History archives and when you see what we have collected here you’ll be full of nostalgia in no time. Old school toys, long ou...

Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!

October 23, 2017

Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy/variety show, first aired in 1975. The show was the brainchild of genius producer, Lorne Michaels, and was originally titled, NBC’s Saturd...

59 Rare Moments In Time Never To Be Forgotten 

October 19, 2017

There are just some moments in history that should never be forgotten: The ones that impart the most wisdom, the ones that remind us to express gratitude, make us laugh the ...

Beach Beauties of the 60's

October 18, 2017

The girls of summer back in the 60’s, images of Annette frolicking with Frankie or Gidget on her surfboard. Southern California was the place to be in the 60’s, with Beach Boys tunes blaring...

1960’s Trivia, Did you Know?

October 6, 2017

The 1960’s was a considerable time of change for the United States. Some good, and some not so good. Current political events during that time included the counterculture movement, civ...

All in the Family… “THOSE WERE THE DAYS!”

October 3, 2017

Television sitcom, All in the Family, was one of those shows that premiered in the early 1970’s intended to relate to “real,” and current social issues. Prior to its fi...

The Mike Douglas Show

October 3, 2017

The Mike Douglas Show went into syndication in 1963 and was a staple on American television until 1981. Douglas was a former big-band singer turned TV host whose 7 million viewers tuned in to see...

National Lampoon’s Animal House

October 2, 2017

National Lampoon’s Animal House was an epic comedy movie released in 1978 by Universal Pictures. The movie was a spinoff of the antics written about in the iconic National Lampoon ma...

Freddie Prinze - Chico and the Man

September 29, 2017

Television sitcom, Chico and the Man, created by James Komak, first aired on NBC in 1974 and ran for 4 seasons. Actor, Freddie Prinze (Frederick Karl Pruetzel), was cast as Chico R...

It's A Family Affair

September 29, 2017

In 1966, the sitcom Family Affair won the hearts of TV viewers when three cute orphaned children from Indiana come to live with their well-to-do Uncle Bill and his British butler, Mr. French, in M...

Dazed and Confused… Cheech & Chong!

September 28, 2017

In 1967 at the age of 21, after graduating from California State University with a writing degree, and during the uproar surrounding the Vietnam War, Richard “Cheech” Marin, fled ...

Tina Louise - So Much More Than Just a Pretty Face!

September 28, 2017

We all remember Tina Louise as ‘Ginger Grant’ on “Gilligan’s Island”, but do you really know what she did before or after the sitcom? Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blac...

Reflections of the Door to Door Salesman

September 27, 2017

Do you ever find yourself sitting at home, needing or wanting something but don’t feel like going out? How about the disappointment of waking up on Monday morning to find that...

“I am the GREATEST!” Muhammad Ali

September 27, 2017

Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, was born, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in 1942. Throughout his spectacular career, Ali boxed under the names of Cassius Clay, Cassius X and finally, ...

Women Flipped For The Flip Hairdo In The 60's!

September 26, 2017

Iconic hairdos--who will ever forget Dorothy Hamill’s wedge hairstyle in the 70’s or Farrah Fawcett’s feathered-winged ‘do, and “The Rachel” haircut from ‘Friends’ that w...

I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher!

September 26, 2017

Sonny & Cher were a dynamic, POP, husband and wife duo that took the entertainment world, not only by surprise, but also by storm during the 1960’s & 1970’s. Salvatore Bono (Sonny) m...

Did The Weight Loss Fads of the 1960’s & 1970’s Work? F...

September 25, 2017

It’s no secret that among other things, Americans have been obsessed with weight loss for a long time. Ideally, the motivation for most of us is that we ...

Charlie's Angels, The Curvy Crime Fighting Trio!

September 22, 2017

Charlie’s Angels was a crime/drama television series that first aired in September 1976. The show was created by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts and was produced by the well-k...

The Old and New Adventures of Wonder Woman

September 22, 2017

Wonder Woman made the leap from DC Comics to television in 1975, starring Lynda Carter (who was Miss World America 1972) as the Amazon super heroine for three seasons. With h...

Baby You Can Drive My Muscle Car

September 21, 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the term, ‘muscle car’? Vehicles associated with speed, big engines and the car everyone has to look at twice or more with envy and admiration.In the e...

Jiggle TV – “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!”

September 20, 2017

“Jiggle, or T&A, TV, as it has also been called, refers to the marvel of scantily clad women depicted, in television sitcoms, who capitalize on their curvy, physical ...

Hey Hey, It's The Monkees!

September 20, 2017

With the success of The Beatles came an idea for a sitcom about four comedic musicians ala Three Stooges-style and their adventures. “The Monkees” premiered in 1966 and was on TV until 1968....

Having a 'Ball' on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy!

September 19, 2017

Two years after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball returned to TV in 1962 with her own wacky sitcom, “The Lucy Show”. The series ran for six seasons and because...

“Don’t look, Ethel!” Do You Remember, STREAKING?

September 19, 2017

Those of you who remember the spectacle of streaking, remember that it was widely recognized, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, as the act of a person running nude throug...

Free Love – Get on the Love Train!

September 18, 2017

When remembering the counterculture of the 1960’s and 1970’s, many things come to mind. First and foremost, was the mindset among the hippy population who was actively seeking to ...

You’re Gonna Make It After All!

September 18, 2017

Who can turn the world on with her smile? Mary Richards, that’s who! Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) was the beautiful, fresh-faced, single, career woman on the hit television sitc...

What happened to the Variety Shows of the 60's and 70's...

September 15, 2017

Back in the 60’s and 70’s almost every well-known celebrity had their own variety show. They were goofy, groovy and sometimes great! With comedy, music acts, ...

Fab Fashion Fads of the ‘70’s!

September 15, 2017

Have you ever heard the saying, “Life is about change”? Well, life isn’t the only thing that changes; so, does fashion. The concept of fashion has been around as long as people hav...

Let's Go To a Drive-In Movie!

September 14, 2017

Who remembers going to drive-in movies when you were a kid? I remember going a few times in my youth with my parents, we went to see “Smokey and the Bandit” on one outing. There was somet...

One Of These Days These Boots Are Gonna Walk All Over Y...

September 14, 2017

Nancy Sinatra captured our attention back in the 1960’s when she came out with her hit song, “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and wore her boots with little...

One Hit Wonders of the 1960’s

September 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered about what became of all of those true one-hit wonders? One-hit wonder, meaning artists who had a song go to #1 on the Billboard pop charts and then disappeared into ...

Life Before Cell Phones

September 12, 2017

If you remember life before cell phones and electronics, you probably possess the ability to entertain yourself (if necessary) and relate to what you are about to read. Prior to society being ...

School’s In! Reminiscences From The Good Old Days

September 12, 2017

Summer always seemed to come to an end with the local fair or carnival and it was unheard of to go back to school before Labor Day. Strangely enough, anticipation o...

Bewitching Facts About Bewitched

September 11, 2017

Here are some bewitching facts about “Bewitched”:Sol Saks, who created the series Bewitched, admitted in several interviews that his script for the pilot episode was inspired by the fi...

Can You Dig it?

September 11, 2017

“Don’t have a cow!” That was a gas!” “Here comes the fuzz!” If you understand the meaning of these statements, chances are pretty good that you are a hip product of the 1960’s – 1970’s culture or co...

Raquel Welch - International Sex Symbol

September 8, 2017

Jo Raquel Tejada aka Raquel Welch was born on September 5, 1940 to Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father was of Bolivian descent while her mother’s ...

The Beatles Record-breaking American TV Debut

September 8, 2017

Who remembers turning on the TV back on February 9, 1964 and witnessing history? It was a Sunday afternoon like any other, but on this particular day a young British rock ...

Come on Get Happy!

September 8, 2017

Who doesn’t remember the iconic 1970’s television sitcom, The Partridge Family? The hit show first aired in 1970 and ran through early 1974. It was a show about a widowed mother raising 5 children ...

63 Rare Historical Photos

August 25, 2017

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 ...

Rare Photos You'll Never Find In History Books

April 9, 2017

The history books tend to leave out a lot of pictures. Particularly ones like what we're about to show you in this gallery. They capture moments with some of the most iconic ...

Hippies vs Hipsters: Aren't They The Same Thing? 

March 30, 2017

Hippies and Hipsters. These terms are used to describe a way of life of people; to label them. They sound similar and are somewhat related, so they are often used int...

Entertaining Historical Images From The Groovy Era

February 24, 2017

Many times when looking at history we can get bored by the constant memorization of facts and repetition of important dates. In this aspect, rarely do we ever find histor...

30 Things You Probably Didn't Know About John Lennon

January 10, 2017

Anyone who knows anything about 1960's music knows who the Beatles are, or sadly, were. The four-member band made waves for years with their tunes. They had fans from e...

Celebrities Had Way More Fun Than We Thought At Studio ...

January 5, 2017

If you've never heard of Studio 54, either you've been living under a rock since the dawn of mankind, or you're opposed to having a great time at clubs. Gen X'ers...

Marilyn Monroe - A Picture For Every Year of Her Life

December 23, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Was Flawless Come with us on a journey through the life of Marilyn Monroe - In Photos. We get a close look at the life of Marilyn Monroe, formerly N...

The Lingo Of The Groovy Era That Drove Your Parents And...

December 17, 2016

Sometimes it is hard to stop, look back, and see how much things can change in just a few years. Language in particular seems to be an amorphous liquid; it is alw...

Twiggy And The Beginning Of The Skinny Model

December 5, 2016

Twiggy, a.k.a Lesley Lawson, was born in 1949 in London, England, to a factory worker mother and carpenter father. Twiggy’s inspiration to be involved in the fashion industry l...

Is Albert Einstein The Coolest Nerd To Ever Live?

December 1, 2016

Einstein was born in 1879 in Ulm, Germany, and grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Munich. He played the violin as a child, which led to a fascination with music. ...

When The Royal Sport Of Surfing Came To America

December 1, 2016

Arguably the most iconic surfing picture ever. Greg Noll, Waimea Bay 1957 Surfing is hailed as one of the oldest sports known to man. Riding the wave has evolved into a...

The Psychedelic Experiments And Experiences Of Timothy ...

December 1, 2016

Timothy Leary was born in 1920, in Springfield, Massachusetts, into an Irish-Catholic family. Leary graduated from the University of Alabama in 1943, and by 1950 ...

The Inspiring Rise To Success Of Hugh Hefner!

November 29, 2016

It is hard to believe that the son of two devoted methodists would be the person to create the most popular men's adult entertainment magazine in the world.  Hugh Hefner w...

Did These Predictions Of The Future From The Groovy Era...

November 29, 2016

Every generation dreams of the wonders of the future. Sometimes they envision something wacky and impossible, other times their dreams of tomorrow actually come t...

Vietnam the First Televised War

November 29, 2016

In 1955 a long and drawn out conflict began between the Communist North and the anti-communist South in Vietnam. While countless people fought and died, this entire conflict served as just ...

The Best Kung Fu Movies Of All Time

November 29, 2016

I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the 70s produced the best kung fu movies of all time. After all, Bruce Lee movies were debuting during this time. The year was 1972 a...

Deep Throat And The Birth Of Adult Movies

November 29, 2016

Sex has been around for many millennia. Depending on what you believe, it could've started with Adam and Eve or the primitive cave men that people are rumored to be descended ...

Bruce Lee - The Man, The Myth, The Legend

November 29, 2016

Bruce Lee, also known as Lee Jun-Fan was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27th, 1940. His family moved back to Hong Kong when he was only 3 months old. Despite Lee's m...

Tricky Dick: The Watergate Scandal

November 29, 2016

Despite all that has happened in politics I think this still takes the cake for the biggest political scandal in Washington. How did this all start? Let me tell you. Republican Presi...

How The Invention Of The Mini Skirt Shook Up The 1960s

November 29, 2016

The miniskirt is easily one of the most controversial statements a woman could make in the 1960s. Here’s why! For many women, especially teens, fashion was never ...

Everybody Had A Pinto: The Car Of The 70's

November 29, 2016

Robert Eidschun was the mastermind behind the classic Ford Pinto. This groovy design captured the attention of everyone in the 70s. It was in production from 71 till the end of t...

Bob Dylan: The Best Songwriter There Ever Was

November 29, 2016

  Bob Dylan Bob Dylan- a college dropout who happens to be one of the most significant American singer/song writers of our time. His compilation of music has covered an im...

Grateful Dead And The San Francisco Hippie Movement

November 29, 2016

The year was 1967 and you can say that love was in the air.  “The Summer of Love” is what comes to mind when people think of 1967. The hippie movement was growing as...

The Inspiring Success Story Of The Founder Of Benihana

November 29, 2016

We've all heard of Benihana. Heck you may have even been to one recently but do you know the story behind one of the most popular Japanese restaurants? As cliché ...

Spacewar! When Gamers Were Born

November 29, 2016

Some folks think that Pong in 72 is what started the whole video game craze, but that couldn't be further from the truth. A whole decade earlier, Spacewar!, popped into existence at MIT. Th...

The Assassination Of MLK

November 29, 2016

Martin Luther King was an American civil rights leader best known for making great advancements in civil rights for Black people. Born on January 15th 1929 to Alberta Williams King and Marti...

Today's Icons Who Stayed True To Their Hippie Roots

November 29, 2016

The Hippie or Hippy Movement began in the mid-1960s amongst youth or young adults from the ages of 15 to 25 in the US and the UK. Although the root word ‘hip’ meant ...

How MLK's Speech Changed The Minds Of Millions

November 29, 2016

The Honorable Martin Luther King Jr and his many works as it relates to the Civil Rights Movement created not only in America but the world, a fresh perspective on the eq...

Crazy Scientific Revelations Founded In The Groovy Era

November 29, 2016

Among the many funky inventions that came about during the 60s and 70s, the continued research and development of the personal computer was the most important. This t...