Rare Vintage Photo Discoveries Reveal Our Enigmatic Past

By Sarah Norman | September 5, 2023

Brooke Shields playing pinball, 1978.

This collection of unedited photos will bring an eerie feeling of nostalgia down your spine. Photographs give us a glimpse into the past. The serve as a reminder of days gone by and as a window into bygone days. This collection of photos from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s demonstrate the vide of the groovy era. What it shows is time of change when old traditions were going by the wayside and new societal norms were being established. What these photos show us is that the groovy era was filled with beautiful babes, hunky men, and talented celebrities. Let’s see how many you recognize.

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In this photo of Brooke Shields, taken in 1978, we see a wholesome young girl enjoying her childhood. But 1978 was the same year that Brooke Shields starred in her most controversial film, Pretty Baby. The movie caused quite a stir for several reasons. First was the subject matter of the movie. It dealt with child prostitution in New Orleans’s famous Red Light District in the early 1900s. Pretty Baby sparked a debate over art versus pornography and the rights of juveniles to have a voice in the manner in which they were filmed. 

President Ronald Reagan wearing a pair of sweatpants a la Fred Mertz aboard Air Force One in 1984.

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We get it … you want to be comfortable while traveling. Business pants can be binding so it is not uncommon for people to wear comfy sweatpants on planes. We just hope they don’t wear them was pulled up as Ronald Reagan wore his in this 1984 photo that was taken aboard Air Force One. Reagan, who was normally a pretty cool dude, has his sweats hiked up as far as Fred Mertz, the curmudgeonly neighbor on TV’s I Love Lucy. It wasn’t a good look for Fred Mertz and it certainly wasn’t a good look for the President of the United States. But, hey … as long as he’s comfortable.