Forgotten Snapshots: Rediscovering the Past Through Photography

By Sarah Norman | May 9, 2024

The Rebel Yell-er, Billy Idol back in 1978.

Collected here are reminders of humanity's strength, sources of nostalgia, and moments of unity. Whether it be moments of victory, a place of common gatherings like a record store, or those special entertainers and public figures who somehow always managed to bring people together. Here are some snippets into our unified past. 

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William Michael Albert Broad, aka, Billy Idol, first achieved fame back in the 1970s as the lead singer of the punk band Generation X. He eventually embarked on a solo career which was a good call because that’s what led to Idol becoming an idol on an international level. He was pretty much the poster boy for the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion". His debut studio album Billy Idol (1982) was wildly successful, with hit singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding".

His second studio album Rebel Yell (1983) once again, was a huge commercial success. It was certified double platinum, selling two million copies in the United States. A number of successful albums followed these until the second half of the 90’s when he decided to step out of the public eye and focus on his personal life. He released comeback album Devil's Playground in 2005 and in 2014 came Kings & Queens of the Underground.

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (1960's).

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Pictured here is the lovely Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg back in the 1960s. As an actress, she is best known for her role as Sylvia in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita (1960), but she got her start in the industry as a model. It wouldn’t be until the mid-50’s when she finally broke into films.

The Swedish starlet with her voluptuous physique and colorful private life was a favorite among the gossip magazines. She had highly publicized romances with leading men like Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Yul Brynner, Rod Taylor, and Errol Flynn. For a time, she was even publicized as "Paramount's Marilyn Monroe".