Vintage Photos Expose The Unexpected

By Sarah Norman | June 22, 2023

Frank Zappa and his parents in 1970

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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We often think of Frank Zappa as the king weirdo of the psychedelic rock scene, but as much as his music is characterized with a playful nature that verges on being ascorbic, he was much more a family man than people know. This photo shows him spending some family time with his parents, who were nothing like their son.

Zappa's father worked for the Department of Defense, so they moved around the country for years until they settled in California when Zappa was 15 years old. He had trouble forming friendships and never performed all that well in school but he was gifted with music and had a penchant for making chemicals explode. The same part of him that enjoyed creating science experiments had fun raising his own kids. His son, Ahmet, told the Guardian:

I think what my father appreciated was the science experiment of life. He had these kids, and they had their own experiences. He wanted us to discover the world for ourselves. My parents told us how they felt but never imposed their beliefs on us, although I appreciate I got a healthy sense of democracy from them. When it came to discipline my dad never spanked us. If he said to you, 'You're acting like a jerk,' that was the worst thing ever.

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

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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.