Groovy Photos So Beautiful We Can't Look Away

By Sarah Norman | August 29, 2023

Alexandra Bastedo, a British actress, in the series "The Champions"

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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Star of The Champions, one of the weirdest British shows about the occult to come out of the 1960s, Alexandra Bastedo is one actress who's work has definitely flown under the radar throughout the 20th century in spite of her appearances in films like Batman Begins and EastEnders, however her real calling was as an animal rights activist.

As the founder of Alexandra Bastedo Champions (ABC) Animal Sanctuary, Bastedo oversaw the day to day at the animal sanctuary at her home in West Chiltington, West Sussex where she helped dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, pigs and goats live a life free from harm. Sadly, she passed away in 2014 at the age of 67.

Valley of the Dolls -- Sharon Tate -- 1967

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1967's Valley of the Dolls has been described as a "dirty soap opera capable of the most offensive and appalling vulgarity ever thrown up by any civilization," but it's also a whole lot of campy fun.

Most well know for starring Sharon Tate as Linda, a hairspray lacquered beauty who steals every scene with plenty of cleavage and cheekbones that look like they're sculpted out of marble. But she's not the only star in the film. Patty Duke ad Barbara Perkins fill out the rest of the film as Neely and Anne, the film has become iconic for its representation of '60s fashion.

The film follows the three women as they become addicted to pills while in the entertainment industry, and unfortunately its kitschy delights were overshadowed by Tate's murder just two years later at the hands of Charles Manson's followers. At the time of her death, she was eight and a half months pregnant. She had just gotten married a year before to her director, Roman Polanski.