Extraordinary Historical Photos Tell Untold Stories

By Sarah Norman | September 8, 2023

Try it before you buy it! Teens listening to singles at the record store, 1957.

These photographs of pop culture and historic events of the past will give you a wave of nostalgia and a look into our history. Our present is built on a foundation of the past, therefore understanding what life was like a decade or a millennium ago is vital to learning what was considered important to people of the past. Knowing our past and how it has impacted our present provides us with a way to anticipate the future. 

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Teenagers love their music! Long before Pandora and Spotify, teens had to purchase the music they wanted in the form of vinyl records. Mindful of the limited disposable income of the 1950s teenager, many record companies started to produce singles, small records with a popular hit song recorded on one side, the A side, and a lesser known song by the same artist on the B side. Most 1950s record stores offered an area of turntables to allow their customers to listen to a single before they purchased it. These teens are taking advantage of that service, with the help of the elderly record store clerk, shown on the left. 

The Addams Family, 1965.

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Did you know that the popular macabre sitcom of the mid-1960s, The Addams Family, originated as a cartoon in the “New Yorker”? Cartoonist Charles “Chas” Addams was known for his dark and twisted humor. In his cartoons, he created a series of off-beat and wacky characters that he referred to as the Addams Family. These characters, and the weird and spooky situations they encountered, were so well received among the “New Yorker” readers that he was asked to join forces with TV producer David Levy to develop the television series of the same name. Among the creepy characters on the show were Morticia and her husband, Gomez, their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, their butler, Lurch, along with Uncle Fester, Cousin Itt, and Thing.