Glimpses of Yesteryears: Rare and Forgotten Photos

By Sarah Norman | May 18, 2024

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (1960's).

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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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".

1955 photoshoot with Marilyn and cute pup.

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This photograph taken by Milton H. Greene back in 1955 was for Look magazine's editorial on Oriental Gowns. On this occasion, Milton photographed Marilyn at his New York studio on March 28, 1955. As you can see the staging area included an embroidered ottoman, an abundance of cushions, and folding dressing screen. He had her dressed in an Oriental style black robe and snuggled up with an adorable Pekinese pup.

Marilyn loved animals, Frank Sinatra once gifted her an adorable white fluff she named Mafia Honey, or Maf for short. The name was said to be in jest and as a reference to his alleged “mafia ties” through Sinatra.