DIY Fallout Shelters
With growing anxieties about nuclear warfare during the Cold War, the 60s public became focused on their safety. Anxiety became so great that the media even encouraged the public to build their own fallout shelters at home.
The basement was the most obvious place to create the shelter and they were planned to be not simply shelters, but a place where a family could live comfortably for an extended time. Thankfully, they never needed to be used for nuclear warfare and typically became extra storage spaces or even storm shelters.
The Banana Bike
The banana bike was one of the coveted toys in the 60s. It was also known as the Wheelie bike and Spyder bike and featured oversized handlebars that vaguely resembled motorcycle handlebars.
Perhaps it was their understated “cool” factor that made them so popular but it was also a great way to encourage kids to get out of the house, get some fresh air and spend time with their friends.
I Dream Of Jeanie
Along with highly-rated TV shows like "Gilligan’s Island," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Star Trek" and "Bonanza," was the comedy, "I Dream of Jeanie." The whimsical plot centered around a woman (who happens to be a 2,000-year-old genie) and her astronaut husband trying to adjust to normal, suburban life.
Actress Barbara Eden’s outfit was a bit controversial for the day but it nonetheless became a beloved show for the time.
The Era of Brigitte Bardot
Among all of the notable starlets of the 60s, Bridget Bardot was certainly one of the top icons of the day. Bardot was born in France, giving her that exotic “it” factor that movie studios were looking for.
She was known for films like "The Night Heaven Fell," "Love Is My Profession" and "Contempt." She was often cast as the love interest in her movies but still managed to appear in a few different film genres.
Flying in Luxury
Considering the lack of legroom on most economy flights today, flying Pan-Am in the 60s was a luxurious experience. The cabins were much more spaced out and had generous legroom and seats.
However, there were other risks back then (even involving flight safety) that will still make today’s cramped flights much more attractive.
The first Batman TV series starring Adam West really took off in the 60s and aired in 1966. In comparison to the grittier Batman films that have been released in recent years, this one differed.
The original Batman may be seen as corny with its sound effect animated graphics, but it was the first successful TV adaptation of the comic book.
The Space Landing, 1969
When astronauts did finally step foot on the moon in 1969 it was, without question, one of the most defining moments in human history. Neil Armstrong’s first words about his experience are unforgettable and still quoted today.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Together with Buzz Aldrin, the two were officially the first humans to take their first steps on the moon.
The RetroVision of the Future
Previous decades (and even centuries) have, at times, held interesting ideas of what the future will be like and the 60s also adopted these bold ideas. As the 60s generation looked with anticipation for traveling to outer space, the trend of “retro-futurism” began to take off.
Retrofuturism often displayed itself in art but could also be seen in TV shows and commercials of the day and even at places like Disneyland (seen in this photo). The most popular display of retro-futurism may have been the cartoon series, "The Jetsons."
Johnny Cash Was Breakout Musician
Though he first came to public attention in the late 50s, Johnny Cash’s fame spread well into the 60s. His low, coarse voice and simple melodies gave listeners a unique sound that still stands out today.
Mixing the genres of Country, Folk, and a little bit of Rock and Roll, Cash was unafraid to make his own path in the world of music. And, despite his personal struggles, his courage to craft his own legacy is perhaps why his music is still so beloved today.
Jackie Kennedy, Style Icon
First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, became one of the biggest fashion icons of the 60s, and designers and stylists still gather inspiration from her today. Her style choices were feminine and classy and yet subtly playful.
But it was her graceful presence as the First Lady that cemented her as a timeless, style star. Today you can still find fashion brands that offer bright, whimsical prints, chunky sunglasses, and demure purses.
Records Were All the Rage
Aside from attending concerts, how did people listen to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and their other favorite performers? Records. Teens especially would spend time listening to their favorite bands and, with the advent of the stackable record player.
This allowed them to listen to the bands of the day without needing to change the records in between.
Sundays Were For Family
During the 60s, Sundays were sacred and it was time to relax and enjoy time with your family. Many stores were closed on Sunday and people would set aside time to truly stop and enjoy life without its routine demands, even if it was just for one day.
Children were not as glued to the TV as they are today and would spend more time outside. And, with all of the busyness today, there are probably many families who would like to adopt the 60s tradition of a quiet, family day.
Along with hippie culture in the 60s, came the surfer subculture. Popularized by films like "Gidget" and "Beach Party" and bands like The Beach Boys, surfer culture became about enjoying being young and carefree with friends by the water.
This of course further glamorized coastal living, specifically the West Coast.
Meet The Supremes 1968
Singing ensembles like The Supremes were very popular in the 60s with their catchy lyrics, harmonized voices, and synchronized dance moves. The Supremes were among the most popular and were famous for hits like "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and "You Keep Me Hanging On."
The Supremes gained international notoriety, even meeting the Queen in 1968. The most successful of the group was Diana Ross who went on to have a successful solo career.
Big Hair, Don’t Care 1967
One of the signature fashions of the 60s were the voluminous hairstyles. Big hair and hair spray to keep it in place all day were key elements for most women in the 60s.
And, while it’s common today to simply put your hair back in a ponytail for an athletic event or time spent at the gym, the women in this picture were dedicated to maintaining their updos, even on the race track.
Meet The Flintstones, 1960
The caveman cartoon, "The Flintstones," first aired in 1960 and pushed out 166 episodes from 1960 to 1966. The show was said to have been based on the sitcom "The Honeymooners" and was also one of the first shows that had a married couple sharing the same bed.
Even today, "The Flintstones" remains one of the most famous cartoons in pop culture.
Twiggy: A Fashion Icon, 1967
Fashion changes rapidly over the decades and the 60s were no exception. The look of the “ideal woman” also changed from fuller figures like Marilyn Monroe to more svelte types like “the face of 1966” model, Twiggy.
Twiggy (real name, Leslie Hornby) was discovered at a hair salon and it was her hairdresser that gave her the name that represented her image to the modeling world.
Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense, 1964
Before he was known to have grown too attached to actress Tippi Hedren, the legendary film director was snapped in this sort of behind the scenes style photo. Hitchcock’s films erupted during the 60s with now-classics like "The Birds," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo," to name a few.
This photo was taken around the time of his latest film, Marnie, which starred Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren.
One of the biggest highlights of the 60s was the Woodstock music festival. Woodstock may have gained a more lighthearted reputation in pop culture but two people actually died during the festival. Still, the mega-concert is considered a notable event in American history, with many performers like Joe Cocker and Creedence Clearwater Revival taking the stage.
The highlighted performer was Jimi Hendrix, who was paid $18,000 to perform at the event. Altogether, it is estimated that one million people attended Woodstock.
Coming To America, 1964
The boy band from across the pond that made waves in the world of music had finally landed in the U.S. This photo captured their first time in the U.S. after they landed at John F. Kennedy airport in 1964.
The Beatles were the number one band among the younger generation during the 60s, mixing genres and continuously breaking both sales and records. Though only two of the members remain alive today, fans will always remember them as “The Fab Four”.
“I Have A Dream” 1963
In perhaps one of the most iconic photos in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. gives his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963.
The speech not only inspired listeners but became the nationwide cry for racial peace. Martin Luther King Jr. may have lost his life for his beliefs, but the words he spoke at this historical march never lost their power and are still recited today.
Mohammad Ali Knocks Out Sonny Liston, 1965
A photographer captured this critical moment in one of Mohammad Ali’s fights. The referee had to hold young Ali back as he was ready for his opponent to rise again at any time, but Liston was defeated.
This would be one of many victories for the boxer who would go on to become one of the most famous athletes in sports history.
Jayne Mansfield and Cockatoo, 1959
As seen in this photograph with a cockatoo, Jayne Mansfield is known as one of the first Playboy Playmates and a huge Hollywood sex symbol throughout the 1950s and into the early 60s. By the time this photo was taken, Mansfield was already onto her second husband, Mickey Hargitay, whom she married in 1958. Throughout the couple’s marriage, the two made a total of four movies together: “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1957), “The Loves of Hercules” (1960), “Promises! Promises!” (1963), and “L’Amore Primitivo” (1964).
As an actress, many of Mansfield's’ films were considered major box-office successes. Her performance in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter” even won her a Theatre World Award, as well as a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1957, for her starring role in the 1956 musical comedy, “The Girl Can’t Help It.” Sadly, in 1967, this actress's successful career came to an abrupt, tragic end after she passed away in a fatal car accident at the young age of 34.
The Real Girl From Ipanema’ - The Girl Behind the Song, 17-year-old Helo Pinheiro
‘The Girl from Ipanema’: a song jazz-lovers all over the world have come to know and love. But what is the story behind the song? Who was the girl from Ipanema? Meet Helo Pinheiro: the actual girl from Ipanema; the inspiration behind this iconic 1962 song. At just 17-years-old, Pinheiro became the ultimate musical muse for this world-renowned Bossa Nova jazz song after writers of the song, composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes, spotted the young bikini-clad girl—“tall and tan and lovely”—venturing to a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1962.
Jobim and de Moraes would ultimately use Pinheiro as the inspiration when they created this ultimate Bossa nova classic. In 1984, decades after the release of this hit song, Pinheiro became a Brazilian Playboy Playmate. In 2003, she again posed for a pictorial, this time alongside her daughter, Ticiane Pinheiro. In 2016, a 71-year-old Pinhero ventured back to her old beach hangout, holding the prestigious position of a flame carrier for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
The American Chopper: the Epitome of Coolness in the 1970s
The below picture of a cool dude in “groovy threads,” sitting upon his motorcycle throne, was an image quite common in the decade of disco. Indeed, in the age of the groovy ‘70s, a chopper—otherwise known as a custom motorcycle—was considered the ultimate symbol of coolness. First appearing in California back in the late 1950s, custom choppers are most known for their ability to turn at extreme angles, and its lengthened fork, a part of the motorcycle that connects the vehicle's front wheel and axle to its frame.
Of the many choppers that emerged during the 1970s, the most famous of these were two customized Harley-Davidsons: the “Captain America” chopper, and the “Billy Blake”—a chopper first popularized by the 1969 film, “Easy Rider." While the popularity of the chopper exploded in the 1970s, the chopper movement first began in the U.S. post-World War II, ignited by GI’s returning home from the war, who desired motorcycles comparable to the faster, sleeker bikes they were exposed to while serving in Europe.
A ‘Happy Day’ for Newlywed “Happy Day” Cast Members Ron and Cheryl Howard on Their Wedding Day, 1975
The below picture captures a “real-life happy day” moment from the “Happy Day” cast members and newlyweds, Ron and Cheryl Howard on their wedding day, posing happily alongside Ron’s parents and brother, in 1975. Ever since his breakout childhood role of little Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Ron Howard has continued to succeed as a professional TV actor. Eventually, Howard transitioned from acting to directing, quickly establishing himself as a multi-talented actor and award-winning director.
He has directed a wide array of films, some of which include “Backdraft,” “Apollo 13,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” Eventually, his directing work would earn him the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as Best Picture, for the film “A Beautiful Mind.” In 2002, Howard became widely known by fans as the narrator of the hilarious television series, “Arrested Development,” a show which he also produced and appeared in, as a “semi-fictionalized” version of himself.
Actor John Belushi as Captain ‘Wild Bill’ Kelso in the 1979 Spielberg Comedy “1941” (1979)
Below is a shot of famed comedian and actor John Belushi, playing the role of Captain ‘Wild Bill’ Kelso in the 1979 comedy film, “1941.” Directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg, this film takes place during World War II and follows the story of “Hysterical Californians” as they prepare for the Japanese invasion of the U.S. in the wake of the infamous Pearl Harbor attack. While nowhere near as financially or critically successful as the majority of Spielberg’s films, still “1941” was awarded three Academy Award nominations, and eventually earned the reputation of an official “cult film.”
In addition to Belushi, other actors among the film's cast include well-known names, like Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, and Robert Stack. Sadly, at just 33 years old, the infamously erratic and energized Belushi tragically passed away from a drug overdose.
The Troops All Here! Members of the TV Series “F Troop” (1965-67) Poses for a Group Shot
Below, the troop of the hit TV series, “F-Troop” smiles for the camera! A satirical sitcom that ran from 1965-1967, “F-Troop” took place in 1860s Fort Courage, a fictional U.S. Army outpost in Kansas. The show is centered on the stories of U.S. soldiers and Native Americans in the wild, wild west in 1860. Though not always historically accurate, preferring instead to create parodies on historical events, the bulk of this show’s humor was largely character-based and included many visual gag slapsticks and physical comedy bits.
Many times, the comedy even included “elements of burlesque,” with no shortage of visual gags. Several of these gags recurred on more than one occasion, one of these involving Corporal Argan’s (played by actor Larry Storch) tendency to discipline his Troopers by hitting them on the head with his hat. Another recurring joke on “F-Troop” is the classic case of the malfunctioning cannon.
Lucy and Viv: The Beatniks - The Lucy Show,1967
Photographed below is a still image of actresses Lucy and Viv, dressed up as beatniks in The Lucy Show, in 1967. In line with the usual, troublemaking antics of these quirky besties throughout the show, in this particular episode, Viv flies to California to visit Lucy to admit to her that she is looking for a young college student from her hometown, whom she believes has fallen into the “no-good beatnik crowd.” To help the student, Lucy and Viv decide to disguise themselves as hippies, in order to “track the youth down.”
Believe it or not, despite Ball and Vance’s strong chemistry on the show, upon first meeting, the two didn't immediately hit it off as friends. In fact, Ball almost chose not to cast Vance on “I Love Lucy,” as Ball initially desired an older, frumpier actress to play the role of her neighbor on the show. However, Desi Arnaz believed in Vance and her exceptional work on stage and convinced Lucy that she was in fact the right actress for the job. As a result, the match turned out to be a huge success.
Twisting the Day Away! A Young, Happy Marine Dances the Twist With Jayne Mansfield - Newfoundland U.S. Naval Station, 1961
The below photo exhibits a clearly overjoyed, captivated Marine doing the twist with American actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield, at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland, in 1961. Infamous for her especially provocative nature, this actress, singer and Playboy Playmate always knew exactly how to appeal to her many adoring fans, always leaving them wanting more.
While in the limelight, Mansfield was notorious for her many raunchy publicity stunts, included “alleged” wardrobe malfunctions. As such, it comes as no surprise that the starlet secured her sex-icon status almost immediately after getting her big break into the entertainment industry. While she tragically passed away in an automobile accident back in 1967, at the young age of 34, the talented Mansfield was still able to see a number of box-office successes.
The Carpenters: Musical Sibling Duo Karen and Richard Carpenter at a Softball Tournament,1973
The below photo captures a shot of famed vocal duo Karen and Richard Carpenter, taken at a softball tournament in 1973. These iconic siblings first rose to fame after forming their vocal and instrumental duo, the “Carpenters.” In 1969, the two signed on with A&M Records, and the rest is history. These musical siblings are most known for their distinct, soft style of music. The following year, their hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” were both major successes.
Though less than 10 years after releasing more than a dozen hit records with her brother Richard, Karen Carpenter would pass away from heart failure, a complication caused by anorexia nervosa at the young age of 32. Despite her passing, the Carpenters' legacy still lives on to this day. Today, more than half a dozen websites are devoted entirely to the life and career of Karen. Additionally, there are more than a few Carpenters tribute bands that tour in America, and across the U.K.
Three-time National Motorcycle Champion Don Hawley Stands Alongside Arlene Hunter, Actress and Model, and His Triumph Motorcycle, 1957
Taken sometime around 1957, in the photo below, three-time National Motorcycle Champion Don Hawley poses happily alongside actress, model and Playboy’s Playmate of the Month (1954), Arlene Hunter, as she sits on Hawley’s iconic motorcycle, “Triumph.” Hailing from Inglewood, California, “Dangerous Don” Hawley is most famous for winning the first-ever TT race.
Held at the Ascot Stadium near Los Angeles on December 20th, 1960, this 15 lap competition course featured a total of eight right and left turns, along with an infamously one-story high jump which launched competitors completely airborne upon taking the leap. During this prestigious motorcycle competition, Hawley revved his way into first place, beating out famous Harley-Davidson racer Joe Leonard along the way.
The Pretenders, 1978
Pictured below is a 1978 group shot of the original members of the legendary English-American rock band, The Pretenders. Formed in 1978, the band was composed of bass guitarist Pete Farndon, lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde, keyboardist and lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and drummer and percussionist Martin Chambers. Throughout the longstanding history of this band, Hynde stood as the only consistent member of The Pretenders.
During her time as a member, Hynde would also work on a number of her own side projects, and collaborated with a long list of musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Cher, and UB40. In 2005, Hynde and The Pretenders were formally recognized for their talent and success with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite Honeyman-Scott’s passing in the early 1980s, during the height of the band’s success, today Hynde and Chambers still perform as members of The Pretenders.
Louis Armstrong Serenades His Wife Lucille Wilson - The Pyramids of Giza, 1961
In the vintage black and white photo below, with the grand Egyptian Pyramids of Giza as their backdrop, internationally renowned jazz musician and singer Louis Armstrong romantically plays the trumpet for his loving wife Lucille Wilson, as she affectionately sits and watches her husband, listening with a smile: a truly iconic shot. As the world became entrapped in the age of the Cold War, and relationships between world nations became increasingly strained, the U.S. sought out a unique approach to bring the world together in this time of great international conflict. Their solution? Jazz.
During the Cold War, the U.S. government harnessed the power of jazz—a type of music unique to America at this point in history, one which was said to symbolize the harmonious fusion of African and American culture—in an attempt to demonstrate the invaluable idea of what it meant to be a part of the ‘melting pot’ of the world. To carry out this international diplomatic attempt, the U.S. sent a number of prominent jazz musicians abroad to act as ambassadors for the nation. So, in 1961, as an act of cultural diplomacy, Louis Armstrong and his wife journeyed to Egypt.
Rock Band Blue Oyster Cult Poses for a City Group Shot During the Height of Their Career
Below, world-renowned classic, hard rock band, Blue Öyster Cult strikes a pose! Formed in 1967, since its creation this iconic band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide, and a staggering 7 million records in the US alone. Of its many successful hits, the band’s most widely known songs include hits like '(Don’t Fear) The Reaper', 'Godzilla' and 'Burnin’ for You'.
Though over the years, this band has had a number of different members, the combination of band members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard proved to be the longest-running and most commercially successful lineup.
Who’s Bigger? Andre the Giant vs. Terry Todd, December 1981
Nope, those hands aren’t Hulks'! These are the real-life, gigantic hands of Andre the Giant. Here, Andre shows off his huge fists while clutching a normal-sized 12-oz beer can. The other, seemingly puny hand? Why that’s none other than Terry Todd! While Todd stands tall at 6 ft. 2 inches and weighs 335 pounds, this otherwise tall man is tiny compared to the likes of Andre the Giant. The below photo was taken in 1981, for the Sports Illustrated December issue of that year.
Standing at almost 7 feet tall, and weighing over 500 pounds just before his passing in 1993, this gentle giant’s god-like proportions make few others able to captivate the world quite like André. Born as Andre Rene Roussimoff in Grenoble, France on May 19th, 1946 to parents of regular size, after suffering from acromegaly, also known as Giantism—a disease resulting in an excess amount of growth hormones in the body—the disease quickly caused Andre to grow, and continue to grow, for the rest of his life. By the time he was 17, Andre already stood at a whopping 6’7” tall.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Queen Parody “Another One Rides the Bus,” Recorded Live on the Dr. Demento Show, 1980
Pictured below is internationally recognized musical parody artist Weird Al Yankovic (right), goofily posing alongside Barret Eugene Hansen (aka “Dr. Demento”) during the comedian’s 1980 recording of his Queen parody, “Another One Rides the Bus,” performed live on the Dr. Demento Show. Most known for his comedic remakes of popular songs and lyrics, Yankovic is internationally recognized for his eccentric image in the public eye and his uniquely goofy fashion sense.
According to Yankovic, it was his love of Elton John and his album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in the 1970s that led him to want to learn how to play rock and roll songs on the accordion. As for his comedic influences and parody music, Yankovic credits artist like Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein, and Frank Zappa, as well as “all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show.” Weird Al’s unconventional music has earned him a myriad of awards, most notable being his four Grammy Awards and 11 nominations.
‘The Warlocks’, Later Known by Their More Popular Band Name, the ‘Grateful Dead,’ Clowning Around in the Bay Area, 1965
This photograph captures the goofy antics of the band, 'The Warlocks'—most known by their later name, the Grateful Dead—taken while gathered in the Bay Area in 1965. Formed in 1964, ‘The Warlocks’ performed their very first gig in 1965. A year after the group’s first performance, the band would change their name to what most fans know today: The Grateful Dead.
An eclectic fusion of rock, psychedelia, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae and space rock, the Grateful Dead is most known for its “lengthy live jam sessions” and unique musical style, one which has captured the hearts of so many devoted fans, that followers of the band were given their own nickname: ‘Deadheads.’ In 1995, Jerry Garcia, the band’s leading guitarist, tragically passed away at the age of 53. Despite the loss of the band’s much-loved co-founding member, the Grateful Dead still continues to tour today, performing under the name “Dead and Company.”
A Contestant Smiles for the Camera - ‘The Dating Game’, 1972
Smile for the camera! The photo below captures a whimsical moment on the hit game show, “The Dating Game.” Its first episode aired on ABC on December 20th, 1965, and lasted until July 6th, 1973. The game show's host, Jim Lange, remained The Dating Game’s host for the entirety of the series’ run on ABC network. In 1986, the show was revived for another three seasons. While Elaine Joyce hosted the revival show’s first season, the remaining two seasons were hosted by Jeff MacGregor.
While on air, “The Dating Game” was frequently paired with “The Newlywed Game,” especially when both the shows were running in syndication. In fact, these two game shows were so often paired together, that when they were revived in 1996, they were sold together as a package deal with the joint name, “The Dating-Newlywed Hour.” The daytime version of this show is widely known as the first ABC broadcast regularly shown in color.
In the Studio: The Beatles and Yoko Ono, 1969
The below photo shows one of the most iconic rock legends, John Lennon with partner Yoko Ono, in a recording studio, listening to a song recorded for the film, “Let it Be Back”, in 1969. Despite the band's massive success all over the world, money and success don't always lead to happiness.
Especially in 1969, tensions were high during many of the band’s recording sessions, and it was no secret that the members of this British Invasion band were constantly at odds with each other. For Lennon, his addiction to heroin and Yoko Ono brought even more problems to the bands’ dynamic, as he was unwilling to ever be apart from Ono, since he considered them a “package deal.”
Striking a Wild Pose! “Mara of the Wilderness” Co-stars Lori Saunders and Wolf, 1965
Below is a truly iconic shot of actress Lori Saunders, posing alongside her wolf co-star in the hit adventure movie, “Mara of the Wilderness” (1965). Throughout her longstanding acting career, Saunders is most known for her performance as brunette middle-sister, Bobbie Jo Bradley, on the rural situation-comedy TV series, “Petticoat Junction” (1965–1970).
Following her role as Bobbie Jo, in 1973 Saunders went on to appear as Mr. Drysdale’s secretary “Betty Gordon” in the last season of the television series, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” a show she aced on for another year, up until 1974. Additionally, from 1973 until 1974 Saunders appeared as “Betsy” on the situation-comedy western TV show—described as “a wild west version of Gilligan’s Island”— "Dusty’s Trail".
Pretty in Pink: An Especially Pink Pink Floyd,1968
Below are the especially pink members of the world-renowned rock band, Pink Floyd, posing under a pink blanket, in front of a pink background, taken in 1968. Comprised of band members (from left to right) Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, whether it be through unique photographs like this one, or when playing live on stage in front of thousands, no matter what they do, or wherever they go, you better believe Pink Floyd will leave a lasting impression.
Though originally from London, Pink Floyd’s unique, progressive and psychedelic music style soon reached international recognition. But what made this band different from all the other psychedelic rock bands at the time was their ability to produce philosophical lyrics, lengthy musical compositions, and elaborately energetic live shows. Named by the lead singer of the band, Syd Barrett, the name was created by combining the names of two blues musicians, renowned for their bass-influenced style of picking: Pink Anderson, and Floyd Council.
A Sailor and His Playboy (1966)
Not much has changed since this photo was taken in 1966. Ever since Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire in 1952, in order to launch the legendary Playboy Magazine, this men's magazine has enjoyed overwhelming worldwide success. The magazine’s first issue, published in December of 1953—which featured a very much nude Marilyn Monroe; a photo shot during her 1949 calendar shoot—sold a whopping total of more than 50,000 copies. According to Hefner, it was Monroe’s raunchy shot that first put Playboy on the map.
In 1956, Playboy’s popular Playmate feature expands from a “double-page spread” to a “triple-page centerfold.” From then on, the act of opening up the center of the magazine to a photo of a pinup model is now considered a tradition, referenced many times in the pop culture industry. It was because of Playboy’s centerfold expansion that the term “centerfold” is now a part of the English language, referred to as a term for pinup photography. In 2014, Playboy celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Hall of Famer, Kenny “Snake” Stabler: Oakland Raiders Quarterback (1970-1979), Alongside Coach John Madden
Photographed below is legendary Hall-of-Famer Kenny “Snake” Stabler, pictured alongside his coach, John Madden. Before joining the NFL as the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Stabler played football for the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. Though no one is 100% sure how exactly this famous footballer player got his nickname, Stabler always says that it originated from a comment made by his high school football coach Denzil Hollis, who said, “Damn, that boy runs like a snake,” as he watched Stabler weave in and out on the football field.
Stabler is most known for bringing the Raiders a Super Bowl XI victory in 1976. Throughout the ‘70s, Stabler’s career blossomed. In 1974, he was named NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and was even selected to hold the honorable title as a quarterback on the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team! Though Stabler passed away in July of 2015, his legacy continues to live on in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an honor which the late football player earned posthumously in 2016, just a year after his death.
“Raw Wind in Eden”: A Fashion Model, a Playboy, a Crash Landing...and a Mystery Man (1958)
The below photo features the starring cast members of the 1958 film, “Raw Wind in Eden." Originally titled, “The Islander,” the plot of this film-noir adventure/thriller follows the story of a fashion supermodel named Laura (played by actress as Esther Williams, pictured below) and her playboy friend Wally Drucker (played by actor Carlos Thompson) in the events following their plane's crash landing on a small Mediterranean island.
Upon surviving their plane crash, Laura and Wally find themselves on this Eden-like island, and soon become acquainted with its fellow island dwellers. As the plane crash survivors begin to live among the island locals, new relationships form and complex love triangles emerge, as Laura falls for the mysterious Moore.
Betty White and Lorne Greene Host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,1968
In the below photograph sits the legendary, eccentric actress Betty White, alongside “Bonanza” actor Lorne Green, as they host the 1968 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Americans, this celebrated New York City parade is just as much of a holiday tradition as is turkey, football and awkward family conversations at the Thanksgiving table. Back in the day, White and Green were regular hosts of this annual parade, hosting this traditional Thanksgiving for 9 straight years, from 1962 to 1971.
It was in 1968, the very year this photo was taken, that the iconic Snoopy balloon made its first official debut in the parade. While this quintessential Thanksgiving event first started back in 1924, it was not until the 1927 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that balloons appeared among the parade’s display. Before this, believe it or not, the first three years of this parade featured not floating fantasy creatures, but actual real-life animals from the Central Park Zoo!
An Oscar-winning Performance: Sally Field as “Norma Rae” (1979)
In the below photo, A-list actress Sally Field poses as Norma Rae, in the 1979 film, which would later earn her an Oscar for Best Actress in 1980. The drama follows Norma Rae's life, a worker at a local textile mill, as she goes against her family and employers' wishes, in order to lead a shutdown to protest the mill’s poor working conditions. Sally Field first rose to fame as a much-loved actress thanks to roles in popular sitcoms like “Gidget”, “The Flying Nun” and “The Girl with Something Extra” (1973-1974). In 1977, Field would take on her first-ever film role, in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”
It was not until 1979 that Fields would win the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her outstanding acting performance in “Norma Rae.” Of the many nominations and awards Fields’ has collected over the span of her acting career, some of the most notable include her 1985 Academy Award nomination and win in the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” category for her performance in the 1984 film, “Places in the Heart,” and her 2013 nomination for her compelling performance as Mary Todd Lincoln—Abraham Lincoln’s wife—in 2012.
The Mysterious Model and Rockstar Heartbreaker of the Swinging ‘60s
Taken during the cultural whirlwind known as the Swinging Sixties, of the mid-to-late ‘60s, this photograph captures the sultry, mysterious model known as “Iggy the Eskimo.” Born Evelyn Rose, Iggy was born in Pakistan and raised in India and Aden before moving to England. Given the name “Iggy the Eskimo” for her “alleged Inuit heritage,” she first rose to fame in Swinging London, the center of the swinging cultural revolution. Iggy is most known for breaking the heart of Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd.
Those who encountered her claimed Iggy “completely embodied the free spirit of the decade like no other,” calling her “a true flower child.” At the time the photo was taken, Iggy didn’t even recognize Syd, despite his prominence as one of the most known rock stars of that time. So carefree was Iggy, that when Syd released his debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs (1970), she didn’t even realize a nude image of her standing behind Syd was featured on the back of the album! On December 13, 2017, Iggy passed away at the age of 69, leaving the world almost as secretly as she entered it.
Tattoo the Martian and Mr. Roarke - Fantasy Island, 1977
Taken during one 1977 episode of the television series “Fantasy Island,” here Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize) stands alongside a kneeling Mr. Roarke (played by Ricardo Montalbán). Created by Gene Levitt, the ABC-made, classic television series “Fantasy Island” was on the air from 1977 to 1984, and then again for one 1998–99 season.
Starring the two characters seen in the photo below, this show takes place on an extraordinary resort island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. On this seemingly perfect Utopia-like island, guests travel far and wide to reach the mysterious island, in order to live out their ultimate fantasies…for a price.
There She is… ‘Miss America’ Phyllis George of Denton, Texas Receiving Her Crown From Her Predecessor, Miss America 1970 - 1971
Pictured below is none other than beauty queen Phyllis George, of Denton, TX. First crowned Miss Texas in 1970, George went on to win yet another crown, earning the prestigious title of Miss America in 1971. She also held the title of First Lady of Kentucky from 1971, up until 1983. Despite her image as a successful beauty queen, George—also a businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster—ultimately proved to be much more than just a pretty face.
In 1975, she joined the cast of The NFL Today. Here, she acted as co-host for the live pregame shows aired before the National Football League’s games. In fact, George was actually one of the first women to hold a prominent role in the world of national television sports coverage, paving the way for many more women after her.
They’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat. Happy Fishermen Pose With Their 300-lb Halibut Prize - Alaska, 1969
Now that’s a big fish! The photo below perfectly captures the emotions felt by two lucky fishermen, just moments after successfully catching a whopping 300-pound halibut fish off the coast of Alaska back in 1969. Originally submitted on Reddit by the son of the bearded fisherman on the right, it was not long before this vintage photo of the Reddit user’s dad and his old friend posing alongside their enormous trophy fish soon went viral.
And as if the size of the Halibut pictured below isn't unbelievable enough, believe it or not, bigger fishes have been caught. Currently, the record for the largest Pacific Halibut was broken in 1996, after fishermen caught an Alaskan Halibut weighing in at 459 pounds.
A Smiling Nadia Comaneci, World-renowned Romanian Gymnast, Performing on the Floor - Summer Olympics, 1976
In her element, the below photo captures famed Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci as she strikes a pose during her floor exercise performance, at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada. During this international gymnastics competition, the talented Comăneci—only 14-years old at the time—would go down in history as the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10.0 score at the Olympic Games, earning not just one, but a whopping 7 perfect 10’s; a score which earned the gymnast a total of three gold medals by the end of these Olympic games.
At the next Summer Olympics, held in 1980 in Moscow, Russia, Comăneci would compete once more, scoring two more perfect 10s, earning an additional two gold medals. By the end of her career, Comăneci would go on to win a total of nine Olympic medals, as well as four World Artistic Gymnastics Championship medals. Today, she is regarded as one of the world’s top gymnasts and is widely known for successfully popularizing this sport across the globe.
“You Light Up My Life” Hit Songwriter Debby Boone
Lighting up our lives in the portrait below is critically acclaimed singer, author, and actress Debby Boone, singer/songwriter of the 1977 hit single, “You Light Up My Life.” Noted as one of the most popular songs of the 1970s, it was this very song that first brought Boone to fame. Following the single’s release, the song spent a record-breaking 10 weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100-chart. It was not until 1991—an astonishing 14 years later—that pop band Boyz II Men would finally take over the songs’ spot on the charts, claiming the title for a total of 13 weeks.
Following her nearly unrivaled success with her hit single, Boone went on to transition over into the world of country music, where she proved her worth as more than just a one-hit-wonder. In 1980, the release of her No. 1 hit country song, “Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again” earned Boone’s much-praised reputation as a country singer. Later that decade, Boone would again shift musical genres, this time exploring the world of Contemporary Christian music.
On Set: Audrey Hepburn - ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, 1961
The photo below illustrates the style, class, and beauty that is Audrey Hepburn: the “sweet-natured, doe-eyed British actress,” whose iconic performance in the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) made her an overnight success in the world of film and fashion. However, despite her instant rise to fame in Hollywood, as the years passed by, Hepburn found herself spending less and less time acting in films, dedicating more of her time to her work with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Despite her decreased appearance in the limelight, still, Hepburn’s fanbase remained stronger than ever. To this day, she remains one of America’s most beloved sweethearts. Her activist work with the UN eventually led to her position as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, where she worked alongside volunteers in some of the poorest and most destitute communities across Africa, South America, and Asia.
Family Feud: the Soap-operish Antics of the Campbells and the Tates (1977-1981)
Pictured in the below photo is the cast of “Soap,” a popular comedic television show following the “soap-operish antics” of the Campbell and Tate families. On air from 1977 to 1981, this primetime comedy show was created as a parody of television soap operas. As if the premise behind the series wasn’t funny enough, the hilarious acting performances of cast members like Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, and a young Billy Crystal only made this comedic parody series even better.
By bringing topics like homosexuality, prostitution, and murder to the screen—subjects considered taboo in the late 1970s—“Soap” was a show considered way ahead of its time, on multiple levels. Throw in alien abductions, demonic possession, and a little kidnapping on the side, and you’ve got yourself a bold, iconic television show, one which quickly earned itself a loyal, dedicated fanbase! Not known to many of the sitcom’s fans, this controversial show was actually almost canceled before being aired on TV!
Italian Film Star Claudia Cardinale Looking off into the Distance During an Event in 1963
The photograph below captures the beautiful Claudia Cardinale: an Italian film star who successfully captured the hearts of millions of adoring fans all over the world. Blessed with much more than just beauty, Cardinale’s raw talent is exemplified in her performances in films, including, “Girl with a Suitcase” (1961), “The Leopard” (1963), and Federico Fellini’s "8½" (1963).
Though Cardinale first caught the attention of Europeans through her performances in a myriad of hit European films throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, it was not long before this Italian film actress and international sex symbol became a household name in the U.S., and later the rest of the world, through her iconic performance in the film, “ The Pink Panther.”
TV’s Adam West and Batdog: the Ultimate Superhero Duo
Below we see TV's Adam West, posing on the beach with none other than his trusty Great Dane sidekick, Batdog! Beginning his acting career in the 1950s, West is most known for his iconic role of Batman, in the Batman television series. In recent years, West appeared as a cartoon version of himself on Nickelodeon’s “The Fairly OddParents” (2003–2008). Additionally, he also held a recurrent role as a cartoon version of himself as the mayor of Quahog, on the hit TV comedy, Family Guy and on The Simpsons .
On the big screen, West appeared as a wealthy husband who meets his untimely death in Paul Newman's The Young Philadelphians (1959), and in 1964, the role of one of the first two humans to arrive on Mars in “Robinson Crusoe on Mars.” Though West sadly passed away at the age of 88, on June 9th, 2017, his legacy still continues to live on to this day.
And Scene! Lucille Ball and John Wayne Posing During a Scene From “The Lucy Show” (1966)
Below, America’s favorite goofy redhead actress Lucille Ball gives actor John Wayne something to talk about! A scene from a classic episode of “The Lucy Show,” aired on November 21, 1966, in this episode of the comedy television series, “Mr. Mooney sends Lucy to deliver some papers pertaining to the financing of John Wayne’s latest production. Despite his orders to drop off the papers with one of the studio’s secretaries, Lucy insists on meeting Mr. Wayne in person at lunch and spills ketchup all over him. She then trails him to his movie set and causes all sorts of havoc.”
The oldest of two siblings, growing up Ball viewed herself as a tomboy, and not one who enjoyed frilly, fancy ribbons. Due to her somewhat boyish nature, she often rough-housed with her father, bonding time which would later further Ball’s rowdy, loud personality and demeanor. Because of Ball’s large amounts of high, often unmanageable energy, when doing laundry Ball’s mother would actually put a leash around her rambunctious daughter, to ensure she stayed close and caused as little trouble as possible.
The Swedish Model and Actress Maud Adams, in 1966
Pictured in the below photo is head-turning Sweedish actress Maud Solveig Christina Adams. Best known for her portrayal of not one, but two Bond girls in the iconic James Bond films—the first being “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), the second being the “eponymous” character in “Octopussy” (1983). In addition to her iconic roles in the James Bond movie franchise, little known to many of her fans, Adams also appeared briefly in an uncredited role in the film “A View to a Kill” (1985).
It wasn’t until her role as “the doomed mistress of the villain” in the Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun” that Adams was truly recognized as the ultimate face of international beauty and fame. Looking back on her appearances as minor characters in the Bond films over 30 years ago, Adams, now 74 years of age, still reflects back on roles like that of the infamous seductress, Octopussy.
The Terri Nunn Star Wars Audition, 1976
Below is a photograph of Terri Nunn, the soon-to-be lead singer of ‘Berlin’, auditioning for the role of Princess Leia from Star Wars, alongside Harrison Ford, taken back in 1976. This role would notably go on to be filled by the late actress Carrie Fisher, one of the main contributing factors for this decision being that leading heartthrob Harris Ford stated that he “did not like” Nunn.
The same year this photo was taken, Nunn also infamously posed nude for the February issue of Penthouse magazine, under the alias “Betsy Harris.” In 1978, she went on to join the band 'Berlin' but later took off some time from her rock-star life to partake in some small acting parts here and there. However, by 1981, Nunn had completely focused her attention on her music career with the band, and rejoined 'Berlin' as the band’s lead vocalist; this decision would soon ignite her music recording career.
George Harrison and Pattie Boyd,1968
The below photograph features Beatles’ guitar player and singer/songwriter George Harrison, alongside model, photographer and author Pattie Boyd, his former wife. At the time, Boyd was caught in between one of rock and roll history’s most infamous love triangles, between Harrison and Eric Clapton. In fact, one of Clapton’s most famous songs, “Layla” and a majority of the other songs on his album, “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” were actually written about his real-life love with Boyd, still Harrison’s wife at the time.
When Clapton first wrote this song of unrequited love for Boyd, surprisingly enough, Harrison and Clapton were actually best friends at the time. However, after suffering through Harrison’s nonstop infidelity and outright disrespect, Boyd soon became fed up with his antics, and eventually decided to leave Harrison to be with Clapton. Though she chose to leave Harrison for Clapton, Boyd, now 74-years old, still maintained her friendship with Harrison. The two would remain lifelong friends until he lost his battle with cancer and passed away in 2001.
Legendary Rockers Ted Nugent and Bob Seger Side-by-side,1972
The below photo of American singer-songwriters Ted Nugent and Bob Seger was taken in 1972, while the two performed together at several venues. At the time this photograph was taken, Nugent was a part of the Chicago-based American rock band “Amboy Dukes,” which is credited with helping Nugent first rise to fame. During this time, he was the lead guitarist of the musical group. First formed back in 1963, the Amboy Dukes were known for playing an interestingly unique musical combination of hard and psychedelic rock. Nugent eventually parted ways with the band, in order to pursue his career as a solo artist.
Approximately a year after this photo was captured, Bob Seger would go on to form the “Silver Bullet Band,” which was comprised of a group of Detroit-based musicians. In addition to his work with the Silver Bullet Band, throughout his musical career, Seger was also known for his extensive work with a number of other talented musicians. Similar to Nugent, Seger would also go on to pursue a solo career in music. Today, both Nugent and Seger still tour and perform their music all over the country.
Julie Christie as 'Lara' in Dr. Zhivago (1965)
The below photograph is a shot of actress Julie Christie, appearing as the female love interest in the classic novel turned blockbuster hit, “Dr. Zhivago,” filmed in 1965. Though widely popular in the West at the time of its publication, not surprisingly, this book was banned in the Soviet Union. As a result, the production of the film was unable to be carried out anywhere near the borders of the powerful, socialist state. Instead, filmmakers chose to shoot this epic love story in Spain.
Interestingly enough, while a majority of the movie is set in a snow-covered, icy tundra, in reality, most of these dramatic, snow-clad scenes were filmed in Spain, during the country’s hot, sunny summer months. This epic film would go on to win a record-breaking five Oscars, taking home the winning nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.
Helen Mirren, The Triple Crown of the Acting World, Posing During Her Performance With the Royal Shakespeare Company in Troilus and Cressida (June, 1968)
Few actors and actresses are able to achieve what Shakespearean actress and A-list movie star, Helen Mirren has achieved: the “Triple Crown of Acting: Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award.” Born in 1945 as Ilynea Lydia Mironoff, Mirren first began her formal acting career after joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1960s. Though nominated twice before for an Emmy, it was Mirren’s 2007 performance as the late Queen Elizabeth II in the critically acclaimed film, “The Queen” that would finally earn the actress the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Additionally, Mirren would also go on to win an Oliver Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the drama, “The Audience” in 2013, a role in which she again acted as Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003, Mirren was formally recognized for her years of dedication and talent in the world of the Performing Arts after being appointed as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Performing Arts.
Siblings Share a Coke, 1956
As the old saying goes, “Sharing is caring!” The below photo, captured in 1956, perfectly (and adorably) highlights this concept, as one sister is captured sharing her Coke with her fellow sibling. Coca-Cola was first introduced to the public on May 8th, 1886, by a curious, Atlanta-based pharmacist by the name of Dr. John S. Pemberton.
While Pemberton is credited with creating this famously “distinctive tasting soft drink,” it was his bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, that is credited with not only naming Pemberton’s soda drink “Coca-Cola,” but is also known as the man who designed the “trademarked, distinct script” stilled used by Coca-Cola today.
Moviegoers Wait in Line to Watch “The Exorcist” in Theaters, 1973
The below photo depicts the overwhelmingly large amount of people that anxiously waited in long lines out-the-door and around-the-corner, just to buy a ticket to see the 1973 horror film, “The Exorcist.” Released in cinemas on December 26th, 1973, this image illustrates the astonishing popularity of the film labeled as “one of the greatest horror films of all time”, both at the time of its release and up until today. The movie proved itself a “major commercial success”, bringing in a whopping $441 million worldwide!
Believe it or not, this terrifying horror classic is actually based on a true story. Indeed, the novel that inspired the movie, written by author William Peter Blatty, is actually based on the real-life exorcism of a young boy, known by the pseudonym Roland Doe, in 1949. After hearing about the exorcism on national news, Blatty, a student at Georgetown University at the time, soon became intrigued with the story, and ended up writing a novel based upon these terrifying real-life events.
Veronica Hamel: Supporting Actress in the 1979 Film, “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure”
The below photo is of actress and fashion model, Veronica Hamel. First discovered by Eileen Ford, Hamel first entered the limelight through a career as a fashion model. Interestingly enough, in her first film role in the 1971 film, “Klute”, Hamel actually played the role of a model! Following this breakout role into the film industry, this model-turned-actress later landed a supporting role in the disaster movie sequel, “Beyond The Poseidon Adventure” (1979), and again in “When Time Ran Out” (1980).
Of Hamel’s many acting performances over the years, she is most remembered for the recurring role of Choice Davenport on the long-running television series, “Hill Street Blues”, for which she received five Emmy nominations. Hamel was actually considered for the role of Kelly Garrett on the hit show “Charlie’s Angels,” but ultimately turned down the role. Hamel went on to act in a number of TV movies and series, appearing in recurring roles on shows like “Philly”, and “Lost", in which she played Margo Shepherd, the mother of the show’s main character, Jack Shephard.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet: Man Turned Animated, Talking Fish, 1964
Featured in the below photo is a shot from the American live-action/animated adventure movie, “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (1964). Based on the 1942 novel, “Mr. Limpet, this Warner Bros. film follows the story of a man by the name of Henry Limpet (played by leading actor Don Knotts), a “mild-mannered man” turned animated talking fish. Taking place in World War II, Limpet, who takes on the appearance of a tilefish, ultimately aids the U.S. Navy in locating and destroying Nazi submarines.
Best known for his five-time Emmy-winning role as the “over-anxious” Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on the 1960s sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show—a show which earned him five Emmys—Knotts also acted as the leading man in a number of other comedic films. In 1979, TV Guide even ranked Knotts #27 on its “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time” list! The onscreen dynamic between Andy Griffith and Knotts propelled the two actors to the very top of the list of the best comedy duos in the entire history of television. In 2006, Knotts died from lung cancer complications at the age of 82.
Host Allen Funt Smiling for the Camera on ’Smile, You’re on Candid Camera!’ (1948-1990)
Smile, you’re on ‘Candid Camera’! Here, Allen Funt, host of the hit, 1940s American reality series, “Candid Camera”, flashes a grin alongside a woman holding a sign with the show’s title. Considered America’s favorite hidden camera and practical joke reality TV series, Candid Camera was created and produced by Funt. While the show was initially broadcast on the radio as “The Candid Microphone,” its first broadcast being released on June 28th, 1947.
Funt’s reality show soon transitioned over to television, and on August 10th, 1948, the series’ first episode was aired across TVs across the U.S. and would stay on air well into the 1970s. Throughout this show, those being pranked were faced with unusually silly situations and objects, such as talking mailboxes, and throwing a bowling ball, only to have the ball returned to them without any finger wholes on it. For the most part, people on the show were in complete bewilderment, up until they heard the show’s familiar tagline, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera.”
Tommy Chong: Comedian, Actor and Father of Six
Pictured below is the widely known comedian, actor, writer, and musician Thomas B. Kin Chong, most known as Tommy Chong to both fans and critics alike. Notoriously known for his efforts as an activist in the fight for cannabis rights, Chong’s success is due largely in part to his marijuana-centered comedy series of which Chong is most known for, “Cheech & Chong.”
Aside from the series Chong starred in alongside his fellow comedic partner in crime, Cheech Marin, Cheech and Chong are also known for their numerous musical albums. And while the idea of Chong as a father would most likely be viewed as another one of the infamous comedian’s jokes, in reality, Tommy Chong is actually considered “quite the family man.” In total, throughout his marriages, notorious stoner-turned-family-man would go on to raise a whopping six children.
Heather Thomas, aka ’Jody Banks’ - The Fall Guy From 1981-86
Pictured in the photograph below is popular actress Heather Thomas as the popular character ‘Jody Banks’, on the show, “The Fall Guy,” a role which Banks played from 1981 to 1986. The basis of this series? A plot widely revolving around “The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.”
The TV series is known for its frequent celebrity cameos, as well as its occasional in-joke references of the series, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” one of Major’s previously starring roles. Before her breakout role as Banks on “The Fall Guy,” Thomas first entered the limelight at the young age of 14, acting as a host and celebrity interviewer on the NBC series, “Talking with a Giant.”
Donna Douglas as ‘Elly May Clampett’ - The Beverly Hillbillies, 1962
Pictured below is famed actress and singer, Donna Douglass, as the character Elly May Clampett from the hit ‘60s CBS television series, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” A role Douglass played from 1962 to 1971, she captured the hearts of viewers with her performance as a sweet and animal-loving daughter; the only child of characters Jed and Rose Ellen Clampett. Born in an East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana, reflecting her Hillbilly character, in real life Douglass was also an “honest-to-goodness critter loving Southern Belle.”
Douglass also appeared in what is still considered today as one of the most famous episodes of “The Twilight Zone”: “Eye of the Beholder.” In addition to her acting career, in 2013, Douglass also published her “nostalgic” cookbook, “Southern Favorites with a Taste of Hollywood.”
Happy Day’s Chachi (Scott Baio) and Joanie (Erin Moran) Go to the Beach, 1981
Pictured in the vintage picture below is Happy Day’s much-loved television couple, Chachi Arcola (played by Scott Baio) and Joanie Cunningham (played by Erin Moran), having a very happy day at the beach back in 1981. Fan favorites of the widely successful show, in 1982 these Happy Day characters would go on to star in their very own spinoff show, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”
In addition to Chachi and Joanie, the series also featured characters like Al Delvecchio (played by Al Molinaro), Chachi’s stepfather and former owner of Happy Day’s fictional Arnold’s Drive-In. In addition, Chachi’s mother, Louisa Delvecchio (played by Ellen Travolta), was also a member of this Happy Days spinoff. Years later, Travolta and Baio would again work together in 1984, co-starring as mother and son duo in the hit American television sitcom, “Charles in Charge.”
Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard and Andy Griffith, Posing for a Holiday Publicity Photo for “The Andy Griffith Show”, 1960
Below, actors Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard, and Andy Griffith strike a pose, as they take a picture for a Holiday promotional photograph for “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1960. The iconic Andy Griffith Show captured viewers from all over, as it followed the life of the fictional lead character Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith), a widowed country-bumpkin sheriff in charge of the tiny town of Mayberry, North Carolina.
The show went on to run for a total of 8 seasons, lasting from 1960, up until 1968. Following Donahue’s last role as Judge Marie Anderson in the soap opera, “The Young and the Restless", she eventually chose to step out of the limelight. Today, she is happy to lead a life away from the cameras. “As far as I know, and nobody knows what’s around the corner, it’s no more,” she said. “I’m done, finished… But all told, it was all just so magical. Honestly, I’ve had a lot of fun.”
The Groovy Dawn Wells, 1970
Taken in 1970, the photograph below captures a shot of the beautiful American actress, Dawn Wells, as she elegantly sits, legs crossed, with a drink in her hand. Of Wells' many appearances on TV and film, she is most known for her recurring role on the 1960s CBS American sitcom, Gilligan’s Island . In this series, Wells plays Mary Ann Summers, a farm girl who lived in the town of Winfield, Kansas before becoming stranded on Gilligan’s Island.
In addition to acting on Gilligan’s Island, Wells has also appeared in more than 150 television shows, as well as 7 motion picture films, some of which include the 1975 adventure western film, “Winterhawk,” the comedy “Super Sucker,” the 1964 drama, “The New Interns,” “It’s Our Time” (2013), and most recently, the 2012 film, “Silent But Deadly.” Sadly, Dawn Wells passed away in December 2020, she was 82-years-old.
Heartthrob Jaclyn Smith Sits on a Jaguar, 1976
Captured in the photo below is the stunning actress Jaclyn Smith, posing on a Jaguar back in 1976. Around the time this photograph was taken, Smith took on the iconic role of Kelly Garrett in the hit television series, “Charlie’s Angels.” She was the only original female lead to remain on this TV series from the start of the show in 1976, all the way to the very end, in 1981. She even made a cameo appearance in the 2003 Charlie’s Angels film, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”.
Smith also appeared in a number of other film and television roles, acting in episodes of popular series like CSI, Law and Order SVU, and many more. In 1981, she landed the role of former first lady, Jackie Kennedy, in the biographical made-for-television film, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.” A role that earned her a 1982 Golden Globe nomination. Apart from a successful acting career, following the 1985 release of her Kmart collection of women’s apparel and accessories, she soon established herself as a prominent businesswoman.
A Young, Brace-faced Farrah Fawcett Appears on "The Dating Game", 1969
In the photo below, we see a brace-wearing, young Farrah Fawcett. She first appeared on Hollywood’s radar back in 1968, when she signed a $350 contract with the American film company, Screen Gems. Her acting career was jumpstarted with a series of guest roles and appearances on a number of television shows and commercials for products like Noxzema Max Factor and Beautyrest mattress, among many others. She starred in her first film, the French romantic drama “Love is a Funny Thing,” in 1969.
Fawcett would continue her television legacy, appearing in a recurring role on the TV detective show “Harry-O,” which ran from 1974 to 1976. She would also go on to appear in the American TV series, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” a show about a cyborg-like astronaut, where she would meet her then-husband, Lee Majors. Sadly, this internationally recognized actress passed away on June 25th, 2009, at the age of 62.
Barbara Eden’s Baby Shower, 1965
In the below photo, a very happy Barbara Eden, actress, and soon-to-be mother celebrates her 1965 baby shower alongside friends Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares and Lori Nelson. Eden was captivated audiences on TV all across America with her mystical alter ego on her role in the sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Throughout the shows’ episodes, the beautiful Eden stars as a genie in a bottle, whose bottle was discovered on a deserted island by a stranded astronaut called Tony Nelson.
Eden went on to film the unaired pilot of the 1973 television short, “The Barbara Eden Show,” as well as the pilot for the 1973 TV movie, “The Toy Game.” Following her many successful hits on-screen, Eden went on to write several books about her life and career, including her memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle.”