Vintage Photos Expose The Unexpected

By Sarah Norman | June 14, 2023

Gloria Paul -- accomplished dancer, actress and singer in England in the late '60s and '70s

Vintage photos have a special power to captivate us, reminding us of a time when things were simpler and life moved at a different pace. This captivating gallery is a nostalgic journey through history, featuring rare and stunning photographs that transport us back to the most magical decades of the past. Each photo tells its own story, capturing moments in time that evoke feelings of nostalgia and longing for a simpler era.

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Just by looking at this photo it may seem like Gloria Paul has everything. This English beauty began her career as a ballet dancer before quitting her professional dance company to try her hand at acting. Her bet paid off and she quickly found herself in films like Goldfinger and For a Few Dollars More before transitioning to television where she appeared in the Benny Hill Show.

Paul continued acting in England until the '90s when she suffered a freak accident. While she was taking a shower in her home, the water heater fell through the ceiling and landed directly on her. She was paralyzed from the waist down. This accident ended her career and forced to her to retire completely. In a recent interview Paul said that she's lucky to have friends who've stuck by her side even now that she's not on screen:

After the accident I discovered that people truly wished me well and I’ve been very lucky in my choice of friends. As the saying goes: 'You discover who your true friends are in bad times,' and at bad times, they were always at my side. I had a good nose for friends, and when I need them they’re there. With my job, you know a thousand people, but in life one must be selective. You shouldn’t judge people too quickly, it takes time.

 Model wearing Mainbocher dress at the Eiffel Tower

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This model clearly took the phrase "high fashion" literally. Taken for Harper's Bazarre in 1939, this photo showcases a dress by the Mainbocher label in daredevil fashion. After all, if you want someone to notice your art you've got to get it out there in the most outrageous way possible.

This daring photo was taken in the days before Photoshop and digital tomfoolery. That means that the photogrpaher had to schlep their equipment up the tower along with a model in an incredibly expensive gown, take multiple shots and hope that one of them worked out so they didn't have to make the trek again. The things we do for fashion.