Revisit Over 200 Beautiful Moments In American Culture Like We Have Never Seen Before

Written by Lyra Radford

Looking back through times past can be just as entertaining as it is comforting. Especially during the 1960s and 1970s, so much happened between those decades. We put a man on the moon, pop culture icons favorites were in their prime, and music actually meant something.

America gained and then tragically lost one of its most charismatic leaders, John F. Kennedy. We had the hippie movement and Woodstock. The rise of rock ‘n’ roll brought some of the most talented musicians in history out of the woodwork and redefined what it was to make music.

Here we've gathered some iconic memories, some whimsical and amusing while others are powerful and may even leave you speechless. Collected here are over 200 photographs of some of the most meaningful moments and people in American culture in a way you have never seen them before.

Sophia Loren on the set of Boccacio, 1962.

Sophia Loren, the Italian born beauty who began acting in 1950, at 15-years old. She managed to go from playing bit parts to reaching international stardom by 1958. She won the hearts of Americans and was the first Italian actress to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress, for a non-English-language role. 

Pictured here is the ever graceful Sophia Loren on the set of "Boccaccio", a lighthearted Italian comedy that aired in the 70s. The actress won an Oscar for her role in "Two Women" in 1960, she played a mother trying to protect her daughter in World War II.

Françoise Hardy, 1960s

French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy made her musical debut back in the early 1960s on Disques Vogue. Her song "Tous les garçons et les filles" was an immediate success. She recorded in multiple languages and began appearing in movies in between touring throughout Europe. She found herself at the very forefront of the French music scene and even gained the admiration of successful musicians such as Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger.

She began modeling and her unique style paired with the talents of photographer Jean-Marie Périer, Hardy soon became a popular fashion and cultural icon as well.

Her lyrics are still being referenced and used in soundtracks in many popular shows like Gilmore Girls, proving that her music has remained relevant and admired throughout the decades since their initial release.