There are some many moments that never will be forgotten; the ones that make us reflect the deepest, the ones that teach us a great lesson of wisdom, the ones that make us laugh, the ones that remind us to always show gratitude. Most of these moments happened during a time when peace, love, and many wonderful ideals began to circulate.
As a result, there were different forms of artistic expression, some of the biggest pop culture icons were at the top of their careers, and the rise of rock n’ roll redefined what it was known as music. Here are some groovy moments of the past that never will be forgotten.
Claudia Cardinale, 1967
The Italian actress Claudia Cardinale took the rest of the world by surprise. The gorgeous actress considered as a sex symbol of that time, appeared in some acclaimed films of the 1960s and 1970s, proving she was more than a cute face, she had real talent that can be appreciated in her performances in films such as The Leopard (1963), Girl with a Suitcase (1961), Blindfold (1965), The Professionals (1966), and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
The Solar Eclipse, February 26th, 1979
This is how people watched the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. Some made little robot-like helmets from boxes or brown paper bags to view the eclipse although it was a cold winter day.
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field starred in “Smokey and the Bandit” in 1977
In that time, Sally Field and Burt Reynolds were more than just colleagues, in fact, they started dating while filming Smokey and the Bandit. According to Reynolds, she was the love of his life and “I screwed the relationship up. That sense of loss never goes away.”
1970 Eclipse Over Washington DC Through Multi-Exposure Photos
Here are ten separate exposures on a single frame to display the phases of a partial solar eclipse of 1970 over Washington DC.
A group of schoolboys hanging out between classes in Havana, Cuba in 1937
You may wonder what special is this old photo of kids hanging out at the school. Here is the detail: the kid with the lollipop is a young Fidel Castro before becoming the dictator who establishes the first communist regime in the Western Hemisphere.
Ringo and Barbara Bach getting married on April 27, 1981
Actress and model Barbara Bach who played Bond Girl in the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) getting married to the former drummer of the legendary rock group the Beatles, Ringo Starr. Their marriage has been solid for over 35 years and they are still living together.
Julie Andrews, 1959
Julie Andrews is best remembered for her performance as Mary Poppins, but her role in the movie “The Sound of Music” is also worth to be mentioned. More recently, Julie has starred in the movies “The Princess Diaries” (2001), “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” (2004), and then launched her own children’s series, “Julie’s Green Room” on Netflix.
An American soldier in Vietnam, 1965
This iconic photograph was taken by the photojournalist Horst Faas on June 18, 1965, during the Vietnam War. This soldier was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion which was on defense duty of Phouc Vinh landing field in South Vietnam.
A 17-Year-Old Norma Jean (Aka Marilyn Monroe) In 1943
This photo here is of a young Marilyn Monroe (17). Although she was considered as a very outgoing woman and a sex symbol, she was actually a very shy child and that didn’t change even when she became famous. In fact, Marilyn suffered from depression and insecurities her whole life.
Andre The Giant And Minnie Mouse At Disney Land – 1975
André the Giant was a famous professional wrestler who curiously decided to take a day trip to Disneyland in 1975. In fact, there are many photos of André posing with classic characters such as Goofy and Minnie Mouse.
Andre the Giant holding Carol Vadnais and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins (1972)
Here we have another photo of André the giant but with his afro in 1972. Curiously, Carol Vadnais and Bobby Orr were both around 6 tall and 200lbs but the “Eighth Wonder of the World” had no problem at all to carry and hold both hockey players on his shoulders.
Billie Holiday and her dog, Mister, in New York, 1947
Billie Holiday was not only a just dog lover, in fact, her dogs were an integral part of her life. She found comfort in her dogs as she did her music when faced with relationship issues, racism in the music industry, addiction, past traumas, and even physical abuse.
Bob Dylan and George Harrison in Woodstock, NY (1968)
Here is a photo of the rock legends Bob Dylan and George Harrison (lead guitar of the Beatles) hanging out at Dylan’s home in Woodstock, New York in 1968. The two talents became friends since they met in 1964. George’s first wife Pattie Boyd, later stated about their friendship, “What bonded them was a shared love for music and humanity and a great respect for each other’s talents.”
Carrie Fisher (1983)
This is a gorgeous shot of Carrie Fisher portraying her iconic gold bikini in her most memorable role, Princess Leia of Star Wars saga. Besides of her role in the most famous Space Opera, she also wrote books, appeared on other films and TV shows, and gave her voice for video games. Sadly, she passed away on December 27, 2016.
A Young Clint Eastwood, 1969
Here is a photo of the actor, film director, musician, and politician Clint Eastwood. He achieved an international fame thanks to his roles in the Western movies of the 1970s. After that, Clint set the archetype of the “anti-hero” cop with his role of Harry Callahan in the five “Dirty Harry” films through the 1970s and 1980s.
Coca-Cola ad of the 1960’s
The decade of the 60s brought any kind of changes to the US; from free love to the Vietnam War. And even Coca-Cola did a major makeover. The healthy culture of the 1950s was replaced with rock and roll and risqué advertisements. Coca-Cola began putting young girls in swimwear to replace the image of the dutiful housewife.
Hugh Hefner And His Playboy Mansion In 1979
This photograph was taken in 1979 during one of Hugh Hefner’s infamous parties at Playboy Mansion. As usual, the Playboy founder was surrounded by a crowd of beautiful women. Hefner quit his previous job at Esquire to launch the magazine in 1952.
Eleanor Donahue, Ron Howard, and Andy Griffith in The Andy Griffith Show (1960’s)
The Andy Griffith Show portrayed the life of Andy Taylor, a widowed country-sheriff who take care of the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Ron Howard played the role of Opie, Andy’s son and Eleanor Donahue played as a pharmacist who fell in love with Andy Taylor. The series had a total of 8 seasons from 1960 to 1968.
Jane Fonda on the Beach (late 1950’s)
Jane Fonda was a fashion model and fitness guru who was admired by the public. Moreover, she was one of 1,600 American citizens who was monitored by the NSA between 1967 and 1973. The reason: Jane was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and showed strong opposition to the Vietnam War during the 1960s.
Elvis Presley outside of the Warwick Hotel in New York (1956)
Here is the King” himself outside of this hotel in New York in 1956. Elvis began his successful music career two years before this picture was taken. His first single “Heartbreak Hotel” was released in 1965 and become a number 1 hit in the US in no time.
Farrah Fawcett, 1977
Farrah was one of the most popular actresses of her time. Thanks to her role of being one of Charlie’s Angels, she was considered a sex-icon in Hollywood and a culture pop icon. In fact, every woman wanted “Farrah Hair” style and every man had a swimsuit poster of her.
A Young Gene Wilder (1950)
Here is a photo of Gene Wilder in the 1950s before he became a famous actor. He graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee in 1951 and then studied Communication and Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa. He debuted on TV was in an episode of the TV series “The Play of the Week” in 1961.
Susan Anton in the 1970’s
After being labeled as one of the “Most Promising Faces of 1979” by Time Magazine, Susan jumped into stardom after her roles in films such as “Spring Fever,” “Cannonball Run II,” and “Goldengirl.”
Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1970s
Here is a photo of the legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. She is always remembered for her roles in horror films like “Terror Train,” “The Fog,” “Prom Night,” and “John Carpenter’s Halloween.”
Jerry Lewis In The “Nutty Professor” In 1963.
Here is a photo of the iconic comedic actor Jerry Lewis during his leading role as Professor Julius F. Kelp in the 1963 version of the Nutty Professor. Lewis always will be remembered for his tremendous performance portraying a professor plagued by insecurity who drank a formula to then an alter-ego came and did more things than he normally can do.
Jerry Lewis, 1970
Jerry Lewis was an actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, and a screenwriter. He had performed in films, TV shows, live stage performances, and radio. He was very famous for his slapstick humor and his partnership with Dean Martin between 1946 and 1956.
Jesse Ventura on the set of Predator – 1987
Here a photo of Jesse Ventura as Blain Cooper in the sci-fi action film “Predator.” As you can notice, he’s fitted with a chest piece needed to get blasted by the Predator’s plasma weapon.
John Travolta (1975)
Travolta became very popular in the 1970s for his role in the hit TV series “Welcome Back,” and starring the iconic movies “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), and “Grease” (1978). But he has been active since then and his most recent role was in 2016 in the first season of the compelling series American Crime Story.
John Lennon and Chuck Berry on the Mike Douglas show in 1972
Many may remember John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono co-hosting the Mike Douglas Show for about a week in February 1972. And one of Lennon’s guests was Chuck Berry, a person who Lennon considered as one of his idols.
KISS Member Paul Stanley Visiting A Michigan High School In 1975
This is a photo of Paul Stanley of KISS band getting fun on the football field at Cadillac High School on October 9, 1975, after hearing the school’s football team used the band’s music for motivation before games.
The Supermodel Cindy Crawford – 1987
This gorgeous model and Pepsi spokeswoman started her model career when she was a teenager. She graduated high school as valedictorian in 1984 and won an academic scholarship for chemical engineering at Northwestern University. Then she was signed with Elite New York modeling agency and by 1995, Cindy became the best-paid model of the world.
Lindsey Buckingham in The 1970’s
This is a pic of Lindsey Buckingham, the guitarist of Fleetwood Mac during a live performance in the 1970s. He joined the band when Mick Fleetwood asked him and Stevie Nicks to join his band in 1974.
Lisa and Louise Burns in “The Shining” set – 1979
This is a rare photo of Lisa and Louise Burns, the little girls who played the Grady daughters who always scared poor little Danny Torrance in the horror classic movie “The Shining.” Their creeping invitation, “Come and play with us Danny, forever and ever,” still haunts many fans to this day.
Marilyn Monroe Looking Into A Funhouse Mirror In The 1950’s
Curiously, Marilyn’s family was affected by mental illnesses. Her mother was institutionalized for suffering paranoid schizophrenic and her maternal grandmother committed suicide. Although she was an icon of beauty and sexuality, Marilyn had her own demons, in fact, she suffered from depression and shyness.
Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones At The 1984 Grammy Awards
Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones were musical giants at that time. That night in 1984, Michael made history when won 8 Grammy Awards in one night. His winnings included, “Album of the Year,” “Record of The Year,” and “Producer of The Year.”
Morrissey And A Very Lucky Fan in 1983
Steven Patrick Morrissey (better known as Morrissey) is a songwriter, singer, and author who became famous as the frontman of the rock band “The Smiths.” The band formed in Manchester in 1982 and consisted of Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Rourke (bassist), and drummer Mike Joyce.
Nancy Kwan and Lionel Blair in The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Here is a picture of Lionel Blair as a dancing sailor in the movie “The World of Suzie Wong” and next to him is Nancy Kwan who plays the main role. The film tells the story of Robert Lomax, a man who decided to be an artist and moved to Hong Kong to live in a hotel used mostly by prostitutes.
Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, And Mitch Mitchell – August 21, 1967
The lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience with the bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell between September of 1966 and June of 1969. The group released 3 albums and became one of the most popular rock bands of that time.
People dancing at Studio 54 – 1978
Studio 54 was the official place of celebrities and socialites in NY where they could party, drink, dance, and interact with the most interesting people the city could offer. It was said that go there felt like going to a new place every night.
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in 1969
Here are Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, members of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin checking their respective horoscopes. Such band is considered as one of the progenitors of heavy metal thanks to their unique style that included a variety of genres, from blues, psychedelia, and folk music.
Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Steven Spielberg, And Richard Dreyfuss during the filming of Jaws (1974-1975)
We have here the actors Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss with Director Steven Spielberg during the filming of “Jaws.” Although the movie became a classic, its production was not easy and was plagued with technical problems because of the pneumatically-powered shark which was nicknamed “Bruce.” In fact, Bruce was a beast weighing 1.2 tons and spanning 25 feet in length, therefore, it was not the easiest thing to maneuver during the film.
Robin Williams and his wife having a good time at Studio 54 in the 70’s
This is a rare photo of Robin Williams enjoying a good time with his then-wife Valerie Velardi. She was the first of three wives of the comedy legend. In fact, she is the mother of Zachary Pym Williams, his first son.
Marilyn Monroe And Arthur Miller While Going For A Drive In The 1950s
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller got married on June 29th,1956. But their union only lasted five years. Sadly, Marilyn found out that Miller felt quite disappointed about her because, according to him, he feared that his creativity was declining because of that “pitiable, dependent, and unpredictable wife he had married.”
A Group Of Londoners Watching A Partial Solar Eclipse In 1954
This particular moment was captured during the partial solar eclipse of 1954 in London. This stylish group of Londoners was relying on a (not very) protective film or smoked glass to appreciate the uncommon event.
Crystal Gayle in 1977
This beautiful songstress was destined to be famous, in fact, her twenty Number 1 country hits (18 on Billboard and 2 on Cashbox) and 6 albums going gold, proved why Brenda Gail Webb (aka Crystal Gayle) was considered not only one of the most famous country music artists but also the first female artist to reach platinum sales on that genre.
The New York Dolls, 1975
This rock band was formed in 1981, becoming one of the first to arrive in the punk rock scene. Their first two albums, “New York Dolls” (1973) and “Too Much Too Soon” (1974) are considered as cult records in the punk scene. This band is also considered as one of the major influences on the future bands like Sex Pistols, KISS, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, The Damned, The Smiths, among others.
The Opening Day Of Star Wars Episode IV – 1977
This photo shows a large line of people waiting for watching the blockbuster film for the first time. As you may see, hundreds of patient fans had to wait outside each movie theater to be able of enjoying the original epic space opera.
When Patrick Stewart had hair! – 1975
This is a very rare sight indeed: Patrick Stewart with his head full of hair. Curiously, this talented actor has been famous in part thanks to his iconic bald head. Patrick openly talked about his hair loss which began when he was just 19 and the trauma he felt because of it was devastating. In fact, he spent a considerable amount of time trying to cover it with hats, loose comb-overs, and even a toupée.
Tippi Hedren Feeding The Pigeons In Trafalgar Square In 1963
Tippi was a successful model, appearing on the cover of many magazines and TV Commercials until Director Alfred Hitchcock convinced her to change into acting. “I was very happy doing TV and modeling, and doing quite financially. But I was happier right from the start in the movies because it’s more of a challenge,” she said.
And indeed it was a brilliant decision. After signing an exclusive 7-year contract with Hitchcock, she received world recognition especially for her role in the film “The Birds” in 1963, for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
Pro Wrestler Rocky Johnson With His Son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – 1981
This photo portrayed a young Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) with his father the pro-wrestler Rocky Johnson. Dwayne followed his dad’ steps gaining mainstream fame in the WWF from 1996 to 2004. In 2000, he began his acting career with a role in the film, “The Mummy Returns” and he has not stopped since then.
According to the actor, his father had a hard life and that’s why he admires him.
Xerox Office Meeting On Bean Bags And Smoking – 1970s
This unique photo was taken during an office meeting at Xerox during the 1970s. as you can notice, people were very casual back then, sitting in bean bag chairs and smoking indoors. In fact, in that time smoking was considered something cool and socially acceptable.
Ralph Fiennes in the 1980’s
Fiennes is mostly known as the villain Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film saga. But this Britain actor, director, and producer jumped into stardom thanks to his portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in the film “The Schindler’s List” (1993).
Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Jerry Lewis at the Redbook Awards – 1953
Here are Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe at the Redbook Awards in 1953. The actors were both in attendance at the magazine’s party to celebrate and show their love and support for the young icon who received the “Best Young Star of The Year Award.”
David Bowie In The Mid 1970’s
Born as David Robert Jones, was one of the most iconic singers and songwriters in the world of music. Bowie was awarded 9 Platinum album certifications, 11 gold, and 8 silver. Moreover, he released 11 number-one albums in the UK, while in the US he received 5 platinum and 9 gold certifications.
Skateboarding With Bare Feet During The 1970’s
During the 1970s, the skate scene was in full motion in California and its popularity became so wide even female skateboarders decided to get into it. In fact, when these ladies hit the streets with the guys, the way of how women were viewed in sporting circles changed completely.
Chilling out on Piccadilly rooftop in London, 1953
This is a casual glimpse of the bustling tourist hub of Piccadilly road which is lined with a group of tower-top terraces that offer a glamorous atmosphere complemented with food, wines, and even bars above the busy street, making London look different from its usual old-school look.
Catherine Bach On The Dukes of Hazzard – 1980
Here is a photo of a young Catherine Bach portraying her iconic character Daisy Duke from the hit TV series Dukes of Hazzard in the early 1980s. The series was aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985.
Elvira Mistress Of The Dark – 1975
This vintage photo shows actress Cassandra Peterson portraying her iconic role of the horror hostess, Elvira Mistress of the Dark. As she hosted the weekly horror movie presentation, “Elvira’s Movie Macabre,” and thanks to her gothic (and revealing) appearance, peculiar personality, and Valley girl-type speech, her rise in fame and popularity was not a big surprise.