Groovy Photos So Beautiful We Can't Look Away 

By Sarah Norman | May 30, 2023

Party-time at the U.S. Whiskey A Go Go - historic nightclub in West Hollywood (1964)

Photos from the past have the power to inspire and intrigue, but this collection of beautiful shots have something more going on just beneath the surface. Each of these rare historical photos tells a story about a person, sure, but they can also transport us to a time and a place.

Featuring icons from the past that we all dream about, these photos are sure to induce a haze of nostalgia over everyone who sees them. They'll take you back to most magical decades, when anything was possible and life was less chaotic.

Make sure to take a closer look at each of these photos, and spend plenty of time enjoying these rarely seen nostalgic moments in history.

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The Whiskey A Go Go towers over the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles as one of the most important rock clubs in history. Since its doors opened in 1964 it's been the home of bands like The Byrds, The Doors, and even Mötley Crüe. The club is so deeply entwined with the DNA of popular culture that even artists like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin asked to see the place when they came to Los Angeles.

When the club first opened in 1964, it wasn't the rock 'n' roll free for all that we think of. Initially it was a kind of dance club where acts like Johnny Rivers of "Secret Agent Man" fame played three sets a night. Between his sets the audience danced to records played by a DJ. Initially, that DJ was a young woman who spun records in a glass booth hanging above the dance floor, making her the first go-go girl. The club's original owner, Elmer Valentine described the scene to Vanity Fair:

So she's up there playing the records. She's a young girl, so while she's playing 'em, all of a sudden she starts dancing to 'em! It was a dream. It worked.

Bewitching Elizabeth Montgomery in the '60s

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Elizabeth Montgomery may look as cool as a cucumber in this photo, but she admits that before her first big break she nearly had a panic attack. In 1952 she beat out a series of actresses to play her father's daughter on his series Robert Montgomery Presents, something that must have been a breeze, but she says that before the cameras started rolling she nearly ran from the studio screaming:

Everyone was on pins and needles as the hour for the show approached. Dad called me into his dressing room for an old-fashioned, last-minute pep talk. I assured him everything was under control so far as I was concerned. I don’t know whether he could tell that I was shaking all over. But when the cameras came alive for the show, I had no trouble concentrating on my part and the program went off without a hitch.