Groovy Photos So Beautiful We Can't Look Away

By Sarah Norman | August 1, 2023

The glamorous Elizabeth Taylor, 1956

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 the 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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We don't often think of Elizabeth Taylor as a "method" performer. Sure, we know about her marriages and her work as Cleopatra, but it's hard to think of her digging deep into a character. However, that's exactly what she did on some of her biggest films, although it wasn't always easy to get out of the role.

She notes that while filming Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with her then-husband Richard Burton the couple had to work out a system of getting out of character so they could make sure they had a pleasant evening at home rather than continuing to tear each other's heads off:

We’d get it all out on the set and when we got home it was like taking off an overcoat and leaving it at the studio. We’d learn our lines in the car on the way home. Fortunately, we were both very quick studies. Then when we got home we had shed George and Martha and we had the kids. We had dinner with the kids every night and we played games with them, word games that we invented, and we’d become totally involved in the family. We became Richard and Elizabeth and it worked. We became a united family and forgot all about the two [characters] who wanted to kill each other. And we survived.

Dee Dee Ramone, Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1978

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In the heady days of punk rock's rise to glory, few could match the raw power and unbridled energy of Douglas Glenn Colvin - better known to legions of fans as Dee Dee Ramone, the iconic lead singer of The Ramones. With a career spanning an astonishing 22 years and an unrivaled record number of concert performances, Dee Dee's voice and songwriting were the lifeblood of the band, propelling them to the pinnacle of success and earning him the title of their beloved mascot. And though their time together would eventually draw to a close, the band's legacy would live on, cementing their place among the true legends of rock and roll with an induction into the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, followed by the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.