60 Retro Photos

Written by Lyra Radford

When flower power was in full bloom, it was as if pop culture had been waiting for it with open arms all along. There was an explosion of color in clothing, furniture, and advertisements. Television shows took on trippy vibes and films soon followed suit. Music became politically charged and full of free love toting duos. Gathered here are some favorite bits of the era.

Farrah Fawcett showed up on Hollywood's doorstep back in 1968 and was signed to a $350 we contract with screen gems. She first began her acting career with guest roles on television shows and commercials for products like Noxzema Max Factor and Beautyrest mattress among others.

Young Farrah Fawcett on the Dating Game Show 1969 with braces on her teeth.

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She was in her first film in 1969, The French romantic drama titled love is a funny thing. You line she was also given the role of Mary Ann Pringle in Myra Breckinridge in 1970. During the 1970s Farrah continued her television appearances including recurring roles on Harry-O which ran from 1974 to 1976. She also appeared in the Six Million Dollar Man which with her then-husband Lee Majors.

Keith Richards, James Brown and John Belushi partying at Studio 54 in 1980.

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Everyone flocked to Studio 54 when they were in town, actors, writers, musicians from all different genres were able to kick back and have some fun within the walls of this iconic club. Pictured here is actor John Belushi, legendary rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry having a drink and a few laughs with fellow guitarist and frontman of the "Rolling Stones", Keith Richards.

This particular photo was taken on Feb. 28, 1980, and Keith Richards has been spotted at this nightclub quite often partying with the likes of James Brown, John Belushi, and more often than not, model Patti Hanson (who he ended up marrying). 

Terri Nunn, who later became the lead singer of 'Berlin', auditioning for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars with Harrison Ford in 1976.

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Here’s a photograph of Terri Nunn auditioning for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars with Harrison Ford back in 1976. Obviously the role went to Carrie Fisher, but Harrison Ford "did not like" Nunn and that may have been a big contributing factor. That same year Nunn posed nude for the February issue of Penthouse under the name Betsy Harris.

She went on to join Berlin in 1978 and took time off to do some acting here and there. By 1981, she had shifted her focus to the band and rejoined as the lead vocalist and soon forged her recording career. Her greatest hits were the top-selling 1986 single "Take My Breath Away", the theme song for the film Top Gun which reached the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

There she is... Phyllis George of Denton, Texas receiving the crown as 'Miss America' from her predecessor, Miss America 1970 in 1971.

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Phyllis George of Denton, Texas was first made Miss Texas in 1970, and was then and was crowned Miss America 1971. She was also First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. The businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster. 

In 1975 she joined the cast of The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame shows before National Football League games. She was actually one of the first women to secure a prominent role in national television sports coverage.

In 1985, she became a permanent anchor for the CBS morning news program.

She has founded two companies, the first of which was "By George" chicken fillets, which she sold to Hormel Foods. The second is Phyllis George Beauty, which markets cosmetics and skincare on the Home Shopping Network.

Swedish model and actress Maud Adams in 1966.

Pictured here is Swedish actress Maud Solveig Christina Adams, who is best known for her roles as two different Bond girls. The first was in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and then as the eponymous character in Octopussy (1983). She also made a brief uncredited appearance in A View to a Kill (1985).

When Adams initially moved New York City to work for Eileen Ford, she was one of the highest paid and most exposed models in the world. It was in 1970, with an appearance in the movie The Boys in the Band,when her acting career really began. Then she went on to guest-star in TV series’ like Hawaii Five-O and Kojak. But after her role as he doomed mistress of the villain in The Man with the Golden Gun, Adams was catapulted to international fame.

Totally crushing on Jaclyn Smith sitting on a Jaguar in 1976.

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Pictured here is a stunning Jaclyn Smith sitting on a Jaguar back in 1976, around the time she first took on the role of Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels back. This is probably her best-known role, the show ran from 1976 until 1981 and she was the only original female lead to stay on the series for its full run. She even came back to make a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Smith had numerous film roles and miniseries over the years. She was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film for the title role in the TV film Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981). She developed and launched her own brands of clothing and perfumes. 

In the Swinging '60s from 1963-67, she was a mysterious model who broke the heart of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett.

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Pictured here is the mysterious Iggy the Eskimo. She graced the Swinging London’s Scene in the 1960s and vanished just as abruptly as she appeared. Her real name is Evelyn, but no one knew that at that time, not even Syd (and they lived together for a time).

She was a beautiful, unique, lively, young girl and she drew Syd Barrett in with ease. She inspired them. Many who have spoken of her, say she completely embodied the free spirit of the decade like no other, a true flower child. She didn’t even realize who Syd was, or that the photo of her posed behind them, gracefully posed in the nude, ended up on the back cover of The Madcap Laughs. Talk about carefree! 

Actress and model Lois Chiles in 1978, she had roles in films such as The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, Moonraker, and Coma.

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The lovely Lois chiles, the actress and former fashion model is best remembered for what’s perhaps her most iconic role, that of Astronaut and Bond girl Doctor Holly Goodhead in the James Bond film Moonraker. All this may be here most popular roll it certainly wasn't her most impressive, she was after all in The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, Broadcast News, and the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (as the murder victim Linnet Ridgeway Doyle). She also appeared in Creepshow 2 as a hit and run driver and she had a small role in the thriller Coma (1978)

Soap was a comedy TV show about the soap-operish antics of two families - the Campbells and the Tates from 1977 until 1981.

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Soap was a primetime comedy that served as a daytime soap opera parody. Just the premise alone makes you laugh. But taking on (already ridiculous) daytime TV tropes for comedic reasons only works with a strong cast–which is exactly what Soap had. Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, and a young Billy Crystal rocked this hilarious show in ways that demand a revival.

All kidding aside, Soap could do well with modern audiences, it was ahead of its time in so many ways. It dove into topics like homosexuality, prostitution, and murder. Not that these subjects were unheard of in the late 1970s but they were still pretty taboo. They also threw in alien abductions, demonic possession, and a little kidnapping for good measure. It was a bold show and earned itself a loyal fanbase.

Sally Field starred in the 1979 film, Norma Rae, which was an Oscar-winning drama about her crusade as she leads a shutdown, despite the opposition of her family and employers.

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The award-winning actress Sally Field began her career with roles in hit sitcoms like, “Gidget", "The Flying Nun," and "The Girl with Something Extra." It wasn't until 1977 that she took on her first film role, which was "Smokey and the Bandit." She was in a relationship with Burt Reynolds at the time and the two lovebirds went on to co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit II", "The End", and "Hooper" together. She later went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979 for her performance in “Norma Rae” and the award nominations just kept rolling in from there.  

Audrey Hepburn on set of 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s' 1961

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Here's a classic photo of Audrey Hepburn, the sweet-natured, doe-eyed British actress who starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and became a film and fashion icon seemingly overnight. Over the years, Hepburn began appearing in fewer films and devoting more time to the United Nations Children's Fund but stepping out of the spotlight didn't take away from her fanbase. She always remained one of America's favorite sweethearts. She went on to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF and worked in some of the poorest communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her efforts.

Lucille Ball and John Wayne in a scene from The Lucy Show in 1966.

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Here we have everyone's favorate red head, Lucille Ball, giving none other than John Wayne a dose of her brand of shananigans. This classic episode of the Lucy Show aired November 21, 1966. 

In it, "Mr. Mooney sends Lucy to deliver some papers pertaining to the financing of John Wayne's latest production. Despite his orders to drop off the papers with one of the studio's secretaries, Lucy insists on meeting Mr. Wayne in person at lunch and spills ketchup all over him. She then trails him to his movie set and causes all sorts of havoc."

But really, come on Mr. Mooney, anyone who knows Lucy, knows better than to let her near Hollywood stars.

Helen Mirren appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Troilus and Cressida in June, 1968.

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Shakespearean actress, Helen Mirren is one of the few to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting: Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, (after two previous nominations), for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Audience in 2013, in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II. Then she took home the Tony Award for Best Actress for a Play in 2015 for her Broadway performance in the play. Mirren has gone on to win three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actress, several Emmy Awards, and in 2003, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Performing Arts.

Julie Christie as 'Lara' in Dr. Zhivago 1965, which is the 8th-highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the US.

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Here’s a shot of actress Julie Christie as 'Lara' in Dr. Zhivago back in 1965. The Epic romantic drama is set in Russia between the years prior to World War 1 and the Russian Civil War of 1917 to 1922. The plot is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak. While immensely popular in the West, the book was banned in the Soviet Union which is why the film couldn’t be made there. Instead, the production was moved to Spain.

Doctor Zhivago is now the eighth highest-grossing film of all time in the United States and Canada. It won five Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design– and it was nominated for five others!

In the 1958 film, Raw Wind in Eden, a fashion model (Esther Williams) and a playboy crash-land on an island, where she falls for a mystery man (Jeff Chandler).

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The film-noir adventure/thriller Raw Wind in Eden stars model/actress Esther Williams (as supermodel Laura), Jeff Chandler (as Mark Moore / Scott Moorehouse), and Rossana Podestà (as Costanza Varno).

The summary reads as follows: "On a small Mediterranean island live Costanza, her father Urbano, and beachcomber Moore, whom she plans to marry. Into this Eden come two plane crash survivors, supermodel Laura and her playboy friend Wally. The shapely, worldly Laura becomes a bad influence, especially when triangles start to develop. But beyond this, little mysteries lead Laura and Wally to wonder what's going on and who Moore really is."

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille Wilson at the Pyramids of Giza (1961).

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Such an iconic shot, Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille Wilson at the Pyramids of Giza. Believe it or not, music was pretty unique to America during the Cold War, so unique in fact, that the United States would send Jazz musicians abroad as ambassadors. Jazz was said to represent the harmonious fusion of African and American culture. It demonstrated what it meant to be in the ‘melting pot’ of the world. In 1961, as an act of cultural diplomacy, Louis Armstrong went to Egypt with his wife Lucille. From this trip was the birth of this iconic photo. Louis playing the trumpet for Lucille in Giza, at the foot of the Great Sphinx.

Now that's a bike! A chopper bike meant coolness in the '70s, along with the groovy threads!

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 A chopper or a custom motercylce in general was the epitome of cool back in the '70s. Check out this guy's ride and groovy threads!

Custom choppers originally emerged in California back in the late 1950s. They are notable for their extreme steering angles and lengthened forks. They had a surge in popularity in the 1970s. The most famous choppers would probably have to be the two customized Harley-Davidsons the "Captain America" chopper and of course the "Billy Bike" from the 1969 film Easy Rider. 

Eartha Kitt as 'Catwoman' and her onscreen cat on the set of Batman, 1968.

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Known for her highly distinctive singing style, Eartha Mae Kitt began her career on stage back in 1943. The singer, actress, and dancer even appeared in the 1945 original Broadway production of the musical Carib Song. She is also widely known for her role as Catwoman in 1967, in the third and final season of the television series Batman.The woman once described by Orson Welles as the "most exciting woman in the world", had six US Top 30 hits in the 1950’s, including "Uska Dara" and "I Want to be Evil". Also on the UK Top 10 chart was "Under the Bridges of Paris", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", and "Where Is My Man". 

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in 1968.

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Pictured here is George Harrison of the Beatles with former wife, model, photographer and author Pattie Boyd. Boyd was the center of one of rock lore's most infamous love triangles. She had two of the most famous guitar players of all time, Eric Clapton and George Harrison vying for her hand. One of Clapton’s greatest hits, Layla as well as the bulk of the material on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs were actually inspired by Eric Clapton’s love and obsession with George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd. Harrison and Clapton were best friends at the time the rock legend penned the song of unrequited love for Boyd. But after dealing with Harrison’s non-stop cheating and blatant disrespect for too long, Boyd began returning Clapton’s feelings and eventually walked away from Harrison to be with him instead. 

A very pink Pink Floyd in 1968.

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Here we have a very pink, Pink Floyd. Members Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright posed for this picture in 1968. Whether it be in photographs or while playing to a massive crowd, Pink Floyd always made sure to leave a lasting impression.

Pink Floyd was originally formed in London, but their progressive and psychedelic music quickly achieved international success. They distinguished themselves from other psychedelic groups of the time with their philosophical lyrics, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows. Not only did they become one of the most commercially successful groups of the era, but also one of the most influential groups in music history.

Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, Barbara Eden and Lori Nelson at Barbara's baby shower in 1965.

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Here are Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, Barbara Eden and Lori Nelson all gathered together at Barbara's baby shower back in 1965.

Barbara Eden remains best known as Jeannie in “I Dream of Jeannie”. After Jeannie, Eden filmed the unaired pilot of “The Barbara Eden Show” and the pilot for “The Toy Game”. Another popular role Eden played was that of Stella Johnson, in the movie Harper Valley P.T.A. The film was later adapted into a television series, also starring Eden.October 1986, Eden published her autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story in 1986 and then followed it up with her memoir, Jeannie Out of the Bottle in 2011.

A smiling contestant on 'The Dating Game' in 1972.

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The Dating Game first aired on December 20, 1965, on ABC and was dropped on July 6, 1973. Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 1973 and 1978 syndicated editions. In 1986, for its revival, The Dating Game was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and the remaining two seasons were taken over by Jeff MacGregor.

The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game, especially when they were both running in syndication. In fact, the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour" in 1996. Brad Sherwood was the host in 1996, Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 for the last two seasons.

'The Warlocks', later to be known as the Grateful Dead, clowning around in the Bay area in 1965.

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At the end of 1964 a band was formed, they called themselves The Warlocks and had their very first gig in '65. A year later, they changed their name to The Grateful Dead.

The Grateful Dead isn’t just a rock band, they are a cultural phenomenon. Their sound is a fusion of rock, psychedelia, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and space rock. They are famous for their lengthy live jam sessions, in fact, they have been called "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world". They have an incredibly devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads" that are willing to follow them to the ends of the earth.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and they rank 57 on according to Rolling Stone magazine in its The Greatest Artists of All Time issue.

Happy Day! Ron and Cheryl Howard's wedding day photo with his parents and brother Clint in 1975.

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Here was a real-life happy day for Ron and Cheryl Howard back in 1975! Their wedding day! In this photo with the newlyweds are Ron's parents and brother Clint. Ron Howard has been kicking butt (professionally) since his childhood role of little Opie Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, then his teen/young adult years was dedicated to Happy Days. He matured into an award-winning director since then. He's directed films like Backdraft, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind.

Lori Saunders and wolf in the adventure movie Mara of the Wilderness in 1965.

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Here's a shot of Lori Saunders and wolf in the adventure movie Mara of the Wilderness in 1965. Actress Lori Saunders is probably best known for her role as Bobbie Jo Bradley in the television series Petticoat Junction (1965–1970). Saunders played the brunette middle-sister in 147 episodes of the rural situation-comedy. A role she took over in 1965 from Pat Woodell.

She also played Mr. Drysdale's secretary, "Betty Gordon", in the last season of The Beverly Hillbillies. And in 1973 until 1974 Saunders played "Betsy" on the situation-comedy western Dusty's Trail. The show was a wild west version of Gilligan's Island and her character "Betsy" drew from Dawn Wells' character of "Mary Ann". Saunders quipped: "It was the same show, just no coconuts.

Italian film star Claudia Cardinale looking bored at an event in 1963.

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Claudia Cardinale took Europe by a storm, and soon the United States… and the rest of the world. The Italian film actress and sex symbol appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s. She was blessed with more than just beauty, she had real talent as can be seen in her performances in films such as Girl with a Suitcase (1961), The Leopard (1963), and Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963). Cardinale became known in the United States and Britain following her role in The Pink Panther. Then she began appearing in Hollywood films like Blindfold (1965) with Rock Hudson, The Professionals (1966), and the epic Western Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). She feared becoming a cliché and grew tired of Hollywood so she returned to Italian and French cinema. 

Here's Al Molinaro and Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) on a Happy Days episode in 1979.

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Here's Al Molinaro and Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) on a Happy Days episode titled Burlesque back in 1979. Peterson was uncredited in this episode but she'd soon have a show of her own and fame to last way beyond her lifetime. 

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.

Throughout the late 1980s and into 1990s, Elvira-themed computer games were released: “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.

The Pretenders in 1978- Pete Farndon, Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers.

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Pictured here are The Pretenders back in 1978. The original band lineup consisted of founder and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde– who provided lead vocals and rhythm guitar. James Honeyman-Scott on lead guitar, backing vocals, and keyboards. Pete Farndon played bass guitar and provided back up vocals. Last but not least, Martin Chambers hit the drums, backed vocals, and handled percussion instruments. Hynde remained the only constant member of the band throughout its entire history. She worked on side projects, releasing a number of songs with other musicians including Frank Sinatra, Cher, and UB40. In 2005, Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone was actually the biggest song of the 1970s, spending 10 weeks at #1, a record not beaten until 1991 when Boyz II Men stayed on top for 13 weeks.

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Singer, author, actress, Deborah Anne "Debby" Boone is best known for her 1977 hit, "You Light Up My Life", which spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100-chart. It also earned her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. It ended up being the biggest song of the 1970s, spending 10 weeks at #1, which is a record not beaten until 1991 when Boyz II Men stayed on top for 13 weeks.

Boone decided to switch her focus to country music, resulting in the 1980 No. 1 country hit "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". Throughout the 1980’s she went on to record Christian music which garnered her four top 10 Contemporary Christian albums and two more Grammys!

Big and bigger! Andre the Giant and Terry Todd compare hands on December 1981.

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Talk about Hulk hands! Check out Andre the Giant's massive fists as he clutches a normal 12-oz can.... the other man is Terry Todd, who is 6 ft 2 and 335 lbs, but Andre makes him look tiny! The photo was taken for the December 1981 issue of Sports Illustrated. Very few have captivated the public quite like André the Giant.The man was of mythological proportions; standing at nearly 7 feet tall and weighing in at over 500 pounds just before his death in 1993.

Putting their 'breast' foot forward.... A young, elated Marine dances the twist with Jayne Mansfield at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland in 1961.

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Here we have a photo of a very thrilled, and somewhat mesmerized looking young Marine doing the twist with sex-icon Jayne Mansfield at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland back in 1961. The famously provocative actress, singer, and Playboy Playmate certainly knew how to always leave her adoring fans wanting more. She was notorious for her publicity stunts, like alleged wardrobe malfunctions, and she secured sex-icon status almost as soon as she broke into the entertainment 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. 

F Troop was a TV series that took place in Fort Courage during the 1860s, a fictional U.S. Army outpost in Kansas led by commanding officer Capt. Wilton Parmente (Ken Berry) from 1965-67.

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The satirical sitcom F Troop is about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West back in the 1860s. It debuted in the US on September 14th, 1965 and ended on April 6th, 1967 with a total of 65 episodes under its belt.

It wasn't exactly historically accurate, it often preferred to parody historical events. The majority of humor in this comedy was character based there are plenty of visual gag slapstick and physical comedy. There are even elements of burlesque and no shortage of visual gags.

In fact, there were a lot of recurring gags like a Corporal Argan tendency to always hit Troopers over the head with his hat when he feels they need discipline. Then there's the malfunctioning Canon which seems to sputter out every time its fuse is lit, of course, as soon as the frustrated Trooper kicks it, the wheels collapse and that sets the darn thing off. 

The grooviness of Dawn Wells in 1970.

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Pictured here is a groovy Dawn Wells back in 1970. Wells is best know for her role as the charming Mary Ann Summers of Gilligan's Island. Her character was a farm girl from the town of Winfield, Kansas before getting stranded on the island. Not too much is known about the mysterious country bumpkin. She’s portrayed as a typical "girl next door" but not too much is known about the mysterious country bumpkin’s previous life. Her life on the island is pretty domestic, she does most of the laundry and cooking and her coconut cream pies are legendary. Perhaps the most mystifying thing about the lovely Mary Ann is her little crush on Gilligan.

Now that's a fish! A couple of happy fishermen with an enormous 300-lb halibut caught in Alaska back in 1969.

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One Reddit user submitted this old photo of his dad (he's the one with the beard) and an old buddy after just scoring 300 pounds of Halibut back in 1969. Which they're probably still eating, look at the size of that thing! Believe it or not, there's bigger.

While there is currently no "official world record", someone has caught a 515-pound halibut and it may be the largest caught yet! The Huffington Post reported on it. 

The current record for Pacific halibut stands at 459 pounds in 1996, it too was caught in Alaska.

As for Atlantic halibut, a 418 pounder was caught in Norway in 2004 according to the International Game Fishing Association.

Betty White and Lorne Greene were hosts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1968.

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Here’s Betty White with "Bonanza" actor Lorne Green co-hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade back in 1968. White and Greene hosted the annual parade from 1962 to 1971.

The year this was taken, 1968, the ever popular Snoopy balloon made his debut. The parade of their last year hosting together (1971) was an interesting event because the latter portion suffered from a torrential downpour, which grounded the entire cast of inflatables for the first time in the parade's history! Of course, NBC managed to work around it, they just edited in clips of some of balloons from the 1970's parade and the show went on. 

Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) dressed up like as a martian with Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalbán) in an episode of Fantasy Island 1977.

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Check it out! It's Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) dressed up like as a martian with Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalbán) in an episode of Fantasy Island back in 1977! 

The Fantasy Island television series was created by Gene Levitt and originally aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984 and then was revived for a 1998–99 season. In this iconic show, Tattoo would hustle to the bell tower shouting his iconic line: "De plane! De plane!" to announce the arrival of new guests for each episode. Mr. Roarke was the island’s man of mystery and intrigue (who only seems to have one name). He would grant the island’s guests all their fantasies... for a price. 

3-time National Motorcycle Champion Don Hawley with actress and model Arlene Hunter on his Triumph, 1957. 

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Here we have 3-time National Motorcycle Champion Don Hawley posed with actress and model Arlene Hunter on his Triumph, somewhere around 1957. She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month in 1954.

Don Hawley, was a Harley-Davidson factory rider, who won the first motorcycle TT race held at the famous Ascot Park in Los Angeles on December 20, 1960.

The Triumph is its own legend. The romanticised bike has won the affections not only of this bike racing hero but it also seduced "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen and "The King" himself, Elvis Presley.    

People waiting in line to see The Exorcist outside of a cinema in 1973.

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The Exorcist was released on December 26th 1973 and quickly became regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time. The film which was initially only book to release in 26 theaters in the United States, Quickly became a major commercial success. In fact it became one of the highest grossing films in history, bringing in $441million worldwide! It was the second most popular film of the year.

The Exorcist was also the first horror film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It earned 10 Academy Award nomination in all, winning for Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Adam West and his trusty canine sidekick, Batdog!

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Pictured here is Adam West and his true trusty sidekick, his Great Dane Batdog. West began acting in films in the 1950s, and while he’ll always be best remembered as Batman, he’s done some other pretty cool stuff and very recently. He’s been playing a fictionalized version of himself regularly on Family Guy, as well as on The Fairly OddParents (2003–2008), and The Simpsons. He just wrapped up two animated feature films before his death Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and his final work Batman vs. Two-Face (2017) released posthumously.

Sharing is caring! Here's a pair of cute siblings sharing a Coca Cola in 1956.

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Here's an adorable photo of a pair of siblings sharing a Coca-Cola back in 1956. Coca Cola did well in the United States when it first launched, (so did most soft drinks in general), but they had a rough go of it overseas. They first began officially marketing in France back in 1950. Coca-Cola had already been available in France since 1919 but in an unofficial capacity. It wasn't until after the war and the increase in refrigerators found in French homes that Coke decided to really market. Vans toured the streets handing out samples in what Coke now calls "La révolution du froid" (The cold revolution).

Veronica Hamel had a supporting role in the 1979 film, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.

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After being discovered by Eileen Ford Veronica Hamel begin a career in fashion modeling. Her first film role was actually the part of a model in 1971 Klute. It was after that, she scored a supporting role in the disaster films Beyond The Poseidon Adventure and when time ran out.

Hamel is probably best remembered for the role of choice Davenport in the long-running television series Hill Street Blues. Her character was a public defender and the love interest of Police Captain FrankFurllio, she received 5 Emmy nominations for this role. What many don't know is that Hamill was also being considered for the role of Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels but she turn the role down and Aaron Spelling cast Jaclyn Smith instead. 

Here's Jayne Mansfield holding a cockatoo in 1959.

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Mansfield was one of the early Playboy Playmates and a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. As an actress, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. 

At the time this photo was taken, she was on her second husband, Mickey Hargitay, who she married in 1958. In addition to being 1955’s Mr. Universe, Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay was also an actor. During the course of his marriage to Jayne Mansfield, the couple made four movies together: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), The Loves of Hercules (1960), Promises! Promises! (1963), and L'Amore Primitivo (1964). She died tragically at only 34-years old after a car accident in 1967.  

The Beatles joined by Yoko Ono in the studio back in 1969, not a happy time by the looks on all of their faces.

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The Beatles listening to a playback of a song that they recorded for the film Let it Be back in 1969. From left to right George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. As you can see, there are a whole lot of unhappy campers.  

Not all, but a great deal of the sessions in January of 1969 was pretty tense. The members of the iconic band were at odds with each other. George Harrison made no secret of the fact that he found McCartney to be bossy and domineering. John Lennon was addicted to heroin and Yoko Ono, he was completely unwilling to be separated from her they were a packaged deal. Ringo Starr was said to be largely subdued throughout the entire month....he didn't want to deal with any of their drama.

In the comedy-fantasy film, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Don Knotts plays a mild-mannered man named Henry Limpet who turns into a talking animated fish.

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Don Knotts was a five-time Emmy winner for his role as Barney Fife. The over-anxious deputy with his unloaded gun remains one of the funniest sitcom character of all time. His onscreen dynamic with Andy Griffith has secured them a top-ranking spot on the list of best comedy duos in the history of television.

It was 1965 when Knotts left Mayberry. He went on to star in classic film comedies such as The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, and The Shakiest Gun in the West. He also made guest appearances as Barney Fife throughout the late ‘60s. Knotts did a little slapstick work before taking on another television role as landlord Ralph Furley on Three’s Company, (1979-1984). Knotts died from complications related to lung cancer back in 2006. 

Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard and Andy Griffith pose for a Holiday publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show in 1960.

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Here we have actors Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard, and Andy Griffith posed for a Holiday promotional photo for The Andy Griffith Show back in 1960. The Andy Griffith Show followed Andy Taylor, a widowed country-bumpkin of a sheriff who oversaw the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Ron Howard was cast as Andy’s son, Opie Taylor. In her 12 episodes, Eleanor Donahue played a pharmacist that was sweet on Andy Taylor. She was meant to be Andy's main love interest and was even given a mention in the opening credits. But, she asked to be released from her contract and left the show after just one season. The show ran for eight seasons, from 1960 to 1968. 

The 17-year-old girl who inspired the 1962 song, 'The Girl from Ipanema' Helo Pinheiro.

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At the age of 17, Pinheiro became the source of inspiration for the song "The Girl from Ipanema" after songwriters Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes saw her taking a stroll to the beach in Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1987, she became a Brazilian Playboy Playmate, then again in 2003 she did a pictorial along with her daughter, Ticiane Pinheiro.

The model ventured in the business world and in 2001 she wound up with a lawsuit on her hands. Apparently, the heirs of the composers (not the actual composers themselves) became the song's copyright owners and decided to sue Pinheiro for using the song’s title "Garota de Ipanema" as the name of her boutique. In their obnoxious complaint, they stated that her status as the inspiration for the song did not entitle her to use the title of the song commercially. The court ruled in favor of Pinheiro.

Rock band Blue Oyster Cult has been around since 1967 and have sold over 24,000,000 records worldwide with hits like (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Godzilla and Burnin' for You.

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Hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult formed in 1967, and went on to create wildly successful hits such as ”(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You". The band has sold over an astounding 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million records in the United States alone. 

Their longest running and most commercially successful lineup has included Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitar, vocals), Eric Bloom (lead vocals, "stun guitar"), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, backing vocals) and Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Here they are, rocking their cool shades and "casual rock star" poses.

'Smile, You're on Candid Camera!' Allen Funt was the host of the show from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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Ah yes, America’s favorite hidden camera and practical joke reality television series, Candid Camera. The show was created and produced by Allen Funt. The concept initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. Funt's program made its way to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s.

Aside from occasional specials in the 1980s and 1990s, the show was off air until a comeback in 1996. This incarnation of the series ended on May 5, 2004, but it returned with hour-long episodes on August 11, 2014, on TV Land.

'Weird Al' Yankovic's Queen parody Another One Rides the Bus was recorded live on the Dr. Demento Show in 1980.

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Some may be surprised to know that famous parody artist Weird Al graduated as valedictorian of his senior class and that he went on to earn a bachelor’s in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University. This singer-songwriter is known for his humorous take on popular lyrics and for his eccentric method of dress. His style and parodies must have started when he was young, just look at his mischievous face. Ever since his very first comedy song aired back in 1976, Weird Al has sold more than 12 million albums. He has recorded over 150 songs, both parody and original, and he has done over a thousand live performances. As far as awards go, Weird Al's work has earned him four Grammy Awards in addition to another 11 nominations. He has achieved worldwide success but in the United States, he has four gold records and six platinum records. 

Actor John Belushi as Captain 'Wild Bill' Kelso in the comedy film 1941 in 1979, directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Here's a shot of actor John Belushi in the role of Captain 'Wild Bill' Kelso in the comedy film 1941 in 1979, directed by Steven Spielberg. In addition to John Belushi, it featured an ensemble cast including, Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, and Robert Stack.

 In it, "Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor." Although it was nowhere near as financially or even critically successful as most of Spielberg's other films, it still received three Academy Award nominations and eventually found its way into official "cult film" status. 

Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci smiles as she performs in the floor exercise competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada

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Here is a photo of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, smiling as she performs in the floor exercise competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada, in which she won 3 gold medals and scored 7 perfect 10's. Comăneci is the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games. She won two more gold medals while earning two more perfect 10s at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. During her career she won nine Olympic medals and four World Artistic Gymnastics Championship medals. She’s one of the world's best-known gymnasts and is credited with helping to popularize the sport around the globe.

Happy Day's Chachi (Scott Baio) and Joanie (Erin Moran) at the beach in 1981.

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Aw look, it's Happy Day's couple Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) and Joanie Cunningham (Erin Moran) at the beach back in 1981. After proving to be fan favorites, Joanie and Chachi got their own spinoff show, titled Joanie Loves Chachi. The sitcom aired on ABC from March 23, 1982, to May 24, 1983.

The series also starred Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio, Chachi's stepfather (and formerly the owner of Arnold's Drive-In in Happy Days). Ellen Travolta was cast as Louisa Delvecchio, Chachi's mother (Travolta and Baio would go on to co-star again as mother and son in the show Charles in Charge).

Hall of Famer, Kenny Snake Stabler was quarterback for the Oakland Raiders during 1970–1979, here he is with coach John Madden.

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Prior to his NFL days, Hall of Famer, Kenny “Snake” Stabler played college football for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After his college days were over, Stabler went on to quarterback in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders during 1970–1979, here he is with coach John Madden.

He quarterbacked the Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI, was the 1974 NFL Most Valuable Player, and was selected as a quarterback for the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team! He also a quarterback for the Houston Oilers (1980–1981) and New Orleans Saints (1982–1984). He was posthumously elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ted Nugent and Bob Seger did a few venues together in 1972, Ted was with the Amboy Dukes at the time.

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Here’s a shot of Ted Nugent and Bob Seger together back when they did a few venues together in 1972. Ted was with the Amboy Dukes at the time, he initially gained fame as their lead guitarist. The Amboy Dukes formed back in 1963 and played a combination of both hard and psychedelic rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, Nugent embarked on a solo career.

About a year after this was taken Bob Seger put together the Silver Bullet Band, with a group of Detroit-area musicians. He also worked extensively with other musicians and like Nugent embarked on a solo career.

Karen and Richard Carpenter representing themselves at a softball tournament in 1973.

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Pictured here are Karen and Richard Carpenter at a softball tournament in 1973. The siblings formed a vocal and instrumental duo, The Carpenters, which produced a distinct soft musical style. They were signed to A&M Records in 1969, they achieved major success the following year with the hit singles "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". Their brand of melodic pop earned them record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts.

During their 14-year career, they recorded ten albums, numerous singles, and did several television specials. They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. 

Here's a sailor looking at a Playboy magazine back in 1966, not much has changed!

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Well... not much has changed since 1966, sailors still love their monthly issues of Playboy Magazine. Since Playboy founder Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire back in 1952 to launch Playboy, the men's magazine has been a huge success. The very first issue of Playboy was published in December 1953 and feature a nude of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 calendar shoot. It ended up selling over 50,000 copies and the rest is history! Hef always credited Marilyn for putting Playboy on the map and now, and now he is spending eternity with her, after having purchased the crypt next to hers in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donna Douglas as 'Elly May Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962.

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Actress and singer Donna Douglas will always be best known for her role as the sweet, animal-loving Elly May Clampett in the hit television series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). Born in the community of Pride, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Donna was an honest-to-goodness critter loving Southern Belle in real life.

She was also in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone in 1959, called Eye of the Beholder. In it, she plays a girl who keeps being sent in for treatments to make her “beautiful” but they keep failing.Of course, she already is beautiful but she’s surrounded by a bunch of pig-faced people so to them, she’s ugly! 

Comedian & Actor Tommy Chong has 6 children; Rae Dawn, Robbi, Precious, Paris, Gilbran, and his adopted his son Marcus.

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Comedic actor, writer, musician Thomas B. Kin Chong is a notorious cannabis rights activist. His marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy films and albums with Cheech Marin are what both men are best-known for. Fatherhood isn’t exactly one of the first things that would come to mind at the mention of Tommy Chong, but he is quite the family man.

In 1960, Chong married Maxine Sneed and they have two daughters, Rae Dawn (b. 1961), and Robbi Chong (b. 1965). They divorced in 1970 and he married Shelby Fiddis in 1975, they went on to have two sons Paris (b. 1974) and Gilbran (b. 1981), and one daughter Precious Chong. The couple went ahead and In 1978, the couple adopted another child, Marcus Wyatt. Bringing the grand total of children fathered by notorious stoner Tommy Chong up to six!

Heather Thomas as 'Jody Banks' on The Fall Guy from 1981-86.

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Here's actress Heather Thomas as 'Jody Banks' on The Fall Guy from 1981-86. The plot of the series centers around “The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.” In it, Lee Majors plays Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter. With the assistance of Jody, his beautiful stunt colleague, and his cousin (bounty hunter in training), Howie (Barr), they track down fugitives. The series is known for having frequent celebrity cameos and the occasional in-jokes referencing the series The Six Million Dollar Man, Majors' previous starring role.

Lucy and Viv dressed as beatniks in The Lucy Show in 1967.

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Here's a still of Lucy and Viv dressed up as beatniks in an episode of The Lucy Show back in 1967. Season 5, episode 2, titled: Viv Visits Lucy. As usual, these two zany besties get themselves into trouble. In it, "Viv flies to California to visit Lucy and admits that she's looking for a young college student from her hometown whom she believes has fallen in with the no-good beatnik crowd. Lucy and Viv disguise themselves as hippies to track the youth down."

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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".