Unedited Photos In History Will Give You Chills

By Sarah Norman | August 21, 2023

Sammy Davis, Jr. tearing it up on the drums on "The Ed Sullivan Show", 1963.

It is the people that make the past what it was. The lives people live, decisions they make, and things they accomplish are all woven into the tapestry of history and tell the story of the time period. That is true with the people shown in this collection of photos. These people – all icons of the groovy era – have left their imprint on the era. Let’s see how many of them you can remember. 

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Sammy Davis, Jr. was a mega-talent. He could do it all … and do it all well! He never received any formal musical or acting training, although he did study tap dancing under Bill ‘Bojangles” Robinson, yet he was an accomplished singer, dancer, comedian, mime, and musician. As we see in this photo of one of Davis’s appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, he excelled on the drums. He also played the piano, trumpet, and the vibraphone. An all-around gifted performer, Davis’s popularity helped other black entertainers break into the largely segregated entertainment industry in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Marilyn Monroe photographed by Baron, 1954

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In 1954, noted photographer Nahum Baron was in the United States to promote is ballet photography book when he visited Hollywood as the guest of wealthy socialite Harry Crocker. For more than two weeks, Baron had photo shoots with some of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies, including Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, and Anita Ekberg. On the last day of his visit, he photographed Marilyn Monroe. Baron chose an outdoor setting, Crocker’s lush garden, and took advantage of the California sun. He snapped about 50 images and later said, “They were some of the best pictures I have ever taken.”