Vintage Photos Expose The Unexpected

By Sarah Norman | October 27, 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.

The discovery of an ancient Maya statue deep within the jungles of Honduras, 1885

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Modern researchers and historians have long been infatuated with the Mayan culture and its people. Long before European settlers were traipsing across the Americas, the Maya were constructing massive pieces of architecture, putting together a dense written language, and even studying the stars. It's no wonder that we're still fascinated by these mysterious people.

At the tail end of the 19th century explorers were discovering Mayan artifacts left and right on journies through Central America. Alfred Maudslay and Teoberto Maler were two of the leading researchers who traveled through Honduras to find pieces of this former civilization. It's through their work and the work of countless others that we now know about this astounding tribe.