Rediscovering A Lost Era: Unseen Gems of the 60s and 70s
By Sarah Norman | October 24, 2023
Actress Irish McCalla. (1955)
Welcome to a journey through time, a step back into the mesmerizing world of the 1960s and 1970s – decades that defined an era of cultural transformation, rebellion, and artistic innovation. In this captivating slideshow gallery, we invite you to uncover a treasure trove of rare and nostalgia-inducing photographs that have been tucked away, hidden from the world's gaze for far too long.
These images are not just snapshots; they are windows into a bygone age, capturing the essence of moments that defined generations, from iconic events to candid glimpses of everyday life. As you embark on this visual adventure, prepare to be transported to a time when peace, love, and rock 'n' roll reigned supreme, and where the spirit of change permeated the air. Join us on this unforgettable journey as we rediscover the magic of the 60s and 70s through the lens of these seldom-seen, vintage photographs.
Irish McCalla was an actress and model known for her daring roles in the 1950s, most notably as Sheena Queen of The Jungle. Her striking beauty made it easy to see why she became so popular; onscreen or off, you could always tell just how much authenticity Irish brought with each performance - making sure we all remember what kind of impact someone like Ms. McCalla had during those days!
Michelle Pfeiffer in a promo photo for Scarface, 1983.
In 1983, Michelle Pfeiffer's career was just beginning to take off with her memorable performance in Scarface. Her character Elvira Hancock quickly became a fan favorite due to the actress' captivating beauty and strong presence on screen - which is also reflected perfectly in this classic promotional photo for the movie. This iconic image has become part of film history as one that will never lose its charm or appeal – making it truly unforgettable.
Jane Seymour in a little, green crocheted crop top. (1970s.)
In the 1970s, Jane Seymour made a name for herself in Hollywood with her unique sense of style. One particular look that became iconic was when she wore an emerald-green crocheted crop top during filming - something which has since become synonymous with this era! Her outfit showed off both confidence and femininity while still maintaining an air of sophistication. Even after 40+ years have passed by, there are many fashionistas out there who continue to find inspiration from images like these as they recreate similar looks today.
70s catalog with mens suits and their mini-me's, groovy baby!!
The 1970s was a time of fashion exploration when bold colors and unique styles were all the rage. Men’s suits from this era featured wide lapels, bright plaid prints with matching vests, and pantsuits in earthy tones like mustard yellow or olive green. It wasn't uncommon to see these groovy ensembles on the street or even in catalogs, featuring vibrant images that brought life to each stylish look – complete with flared trousers for an extra bit of flair! These classic 70s menswear looks remain timeless today; they're as popular now as they ever have been thanks to their eye-catching designs, which always turn heads no matter what decade it is.
A 15 year-old Joey Ramone in 1965.
Joey Ramone was a punk rock icon, and at the tender age of 15, he already had his sights set on becoming a renowned musician. Armed with nothing but an electric guitar, Joey began to hone in on his craft as every free moment afforded him time for practice. He first started out playing covers from other bands before striking out and creating original songs that would make up some of The Ramones' most memorable hits, such as “Blitzkrieg Bop” or "I Wanna Be Sedated". Even back then, it seemed like everyone could tell that this young teenager was destined for greatness, given how effortlessly he strummed away at those strings while singing along – showing us all just what kind of talent existed within this humble young man's soul!
A 20 year-old Jerry Garcia with his banjo in 1963.
At just 20 years old, Jerry Garcia had already become an accomplished musician by the time 1963 rolled around. His mastery of string instruments such as guitar and banjo earned him a spot in bluegrass bands like Old & In The Way, which featured musicians from all walks of life who shared his passion for music. He often joked that he was “just another hippie with a banjo” but it became obvious to anyone watching how much skill went into each note he plucked on those strings – eventually leading him up onto bigger stages playing alongside Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh at places like Winterland Ballroom or Fillmore West! Even back then, you could tell this young man's career would be something special; no one will ever forget what kind of magic came out when someone so talented got their hands on an instrument!
A 27 year-old Janis Joplin, 1970.
In the year 1970, 27-year-old Janis Joplin had already taken over as one of the most influential figures in music. Her unique and powerful voice combined with her passionate lyrics made each song an emotional experience that connected deeply with her listeners. She was never afraid to be herself or follow what she believed, regardless of how many people disagreed – a quality that earned her respect from everyone around.
When Janis took the stage, it felt like something out of this world; you could feel every ounce of emotion radiating off those high notes while everybody sang along together in harmony! Even now, 50 years later, we all still remember just what kind of impact someone so young can have on our lives when they let their true colors shine through for others to enjoy.
A great group shot of Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe and John Candy, 1970s.
The 1970s was a time of unbridled hilarity and =no group embodied this more than the cast of Second City TV - Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe and John Candy. This iconic troupe brought with them years' worth of experience in comedy to create some one-of-a-kind sketches that made us laugh until we cried. Their chemistry on screen was undeniable; their ability to improvise together seamlessly while playing off each other's strengths allowed for something truly special every single week! To this day, they all still remain, close friends, who never forget just how much joy they shared back when it started – making sure these five talented performers will always be remembered as an integral part of bringing sketch comedy into the homes (and hearts!) around Canada & America!
A sexy and beautiful Cybill Shepherd in the 70s.
Cybill Shepherd was one of the most beautiful and stylish women to grace television screens in the 70s. She was known for her sexy yet sophisticated style, often featuring pieces like figure-hugging jumpsuits or colorful blouses that accentuated her beauty without ever looking too overbearing. Her approachable demeanor made it easy for anyone watching at home to relate with Cybill - making sure this iconic star will never be forgotten! From shows such as Moonlighting alongside Bruce Willis where they helped define what a modern love story should look & feel like, all the way through movies such as The Last Picture Show which earned numerous awards – no matter how you remember Ms. Shepherd, she'll always remain timelessly cool thanks to everything we've seen from someone so talented during their heyday!
Alfred Hitchcock and the MGM Lion having a spot of tea in 1958.
In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock and the MGM Lion were captured having a spot of tea together – an iconic moment! Hitchcock was known for his eye-catching films such as Psycho & Rear Window, which captivated audiences worldwide with their suspenseful yet witty plots. The MGM lion on the other hand has been part of Hollywood since 1924, acting as a symbol to represent all that is grand about this beloved industry; even now when you hear those three words (“Ars Gratia Artis”) it brings back memories from generations past.
Angie Dickinson shows off her long and shapely legs on the set of Rio Bravo in 1959.
Angie Dickinson was a gorgeous actress in the 1950s, known for her elegant yet daring roles – most notably as Feathers McGraw in Rio Bravo (1959). She quickly became an icon during these years thanks to movies such as Ocean's 11 or The Killers, which showcased just what kind of talent exists when someone so beautiful is given enough room to express themselves without fear.
Aretha Franklin, 1970s.
Aretha Franklin was an iconic figure in the 1970s, known for her powerful and soulful voice, which moved generations of listeners. Her career began in 1952 when she signed with Columbia Records; over time, Aretha’s sound developed into something unique that will never be forgotten thanks to songs like “Respect” or “Chain Of Fools” – showing us all just how much control someone can have when they let their true colors shine through regardless of what other people might think!
Betty White getting into the swing of things playing golf in the 1950s.
Betty White was an iconic figure in the 1950s, known for her charming and witty demeanor, which captivated viewers around the world. She began her career as a radio host before eventually transitioning into television – making sure everyone at home could feel something special emanating from within each moment! Betty’s approachable demeanor made it easy to see why she became so popular; even now when looking back at photographs taken during this time such as one of Ms. White playing golf.
Country music legends Johnny Cash and his buddy George Jones in the late 70s.
Johnny Cash and George Jones were two of the biggest names in country music during the late 70s, known for their powerful performances, which captivated audiences around the world. Both these men had a unique chemistry together that was evident onscreen; they would often joke & sing along to one another while playing off each other’s strengths. Even now, photographs taken around this time still resonate with viewers as are reminded once again why legends such as these will never be forgotten.
Southern California surf scene in 1964.
The Southern California surf scene in 1964 was an exciting time for anyone who wanted to catch some waves! Surfers from all walks of life would flock towards the beach with their boards. This era has become synonymous with icons such as Burt Lancaster and Malibu's original surfing pioneer Miki Dora - both these men helped shape what this culture looked like back then thanks to movies such The Endless Summer or Beach Party which showcased just why so many were drawn towards something unique during those days.
Crooner actor Robert Goulet in the studio, 1960s.
In the 1960s, Canadian-born singer and actor Robert Goulet began to make a name for himself as one of America's favorite crooners. His magnetic personality and smooth baritone voice made him an instant hit with audiences across the country, who were eager to hear his romantic renditions of classic songs from Broadway shows like Camelot. In between performing live concerts or filming on set, he could often be found in recording studios around Los Angeles laying down tracks that would become popular hits among fans everywhere.
David Bowie striking a pose in Paris, 1976.
David Bowie is an iconic figure in the world of music, and in 1976 he was at his peak. During a photo shoot that year on the streets of Paris, it became clear why David Bowie's legacy endures today; He had a unique sense of fashion and style which made him stand out among other musicians during this time period.
Debbie Reynolds photographed between scenes while filming, 1959.
In 1959, Debbie Reynolds was a rising star in Hollywood. She had already starred in some of the most popular films of that decade, and her career only continued to skyrocket as she took on more roles. During this time period, photographers often captured candid shots between scenes while filming - it is from one such photo shoot, we get an intimate look into what life must have been like for the 19-year-old actress at the height of her fame! In these pictures, you can see not just an incredibly talented performer, but also a young woman who has become immortalized forever through classic movies like Singin' In The Rain and Tammy And The Bachelor.
Elvis and Priscilla together, green shag carpet and all, 1970s.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley were a golden couple of their eras, with a whirlwind romance that began in Germany during Elvis' military service. After they married in 1967 at Graceland, they lived together happily until 1972 when they decided to separate - but if you had visited them around 1970-71 it would have been like walking into an iconic time capsule! The walls of their living room featured bright psychedelic wallpaper, while the floor was covered by lush green shag carpeting; this created such a unique atmosphere that made spending time with them even more special.
Faye Dunaway in 1968.
Faye Dunaway's career skyrocketed in the late 1960s, with acclaimed performances that earned her a Best Actress Oscar for Network (1976). But it was in 1968 when she first made an impression on audiences and critics alike. That year saw Faye starring alongside Warren Beatty in Bonnie & Clyde - one of the most iconic films to come out of Hollywood during this period. Her portrayal as Bonnie Parker showcased not only her beauty but also her talent as an actress who could take command of any scene!
Grace Kelly on her wedding day, 1956.
Grace Kelly remains one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history, and her wedding day was no exception. On April 19th, 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco wearing an exquisite gown designed by Helen Rose - making it a true fairy tale event that captivated audiences worldwide! Her veil was made from pure silk tulle with beaded lace edging; its length reached all the way to the floor, creating an ethereal look as Grace walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with her prince charming.
Helen Mirren seriously posing in all black, 1970s.
Helen Mirren has been an icon of beauty and elegance for decades, but it was in the 1970s when she truly established her style! During this time period, she could often be seen wearing all black - a look that reflected both strength and confidence. One particular photograph taken around 1977 shows Helen standing with her chin held high while striking a serious pose; something which would become synonymous with her entire career later on.
In 1959, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu met Elvis Presley while he was stationed in West Germany.
In 1959, the world was introduced to a burgeoning young starlet named Priscilla Beaulieu. At only 14 years old when she first met Elvis Presley while he served in West Germany - an encounter that would ultimately change her life forever! From their initial meeting as friends and pen pals, they quickly fell madly in love, which continued even after his return to America for military service. Although it seemed like such a whirlwind romance at the time (they married just eight years later!), this couple has stood the test over six decades now, becoming widely known not just as two icons from history but also beloved figures within pop culture today.
James Dean sharing his bottle of pop on the set of the film Giant, in Texas. (1956)
In 1956, James Dean was a young actor on the brink of superstardom. As he filmed Giant in Marfa Texas his laid-back attitude, cool style, and rebel spirit quickly made him an icon among film fans everywhere - but it also earned him some true friends as well! On set, there is one particular photograph that stands out among others, showing off Dean's signature smirk while sharing a bottle of soda with child cast members. This now classic image serves to remind us all why we still love this Hollywood legend today; because despite being surrounded by fame for most of his life, he never forgot who mattered most: those people around him who shared genuine moments together like these.
Jean Shrimpton feeling groovy in the 1960s.
Jean Shrimpton was an English model and actress who quickly rose to fame in the 1960s with iconic looks that embodied a sense of femininity, freedom, and fun. She could often be seen wearing bright colors which accentuated her natural beauty - giving off such vibes as if she had just stepped out of a time machine from 1965!
Joan Collins posing for the camera in 1961.
In 1961, Joan Collins was already a well-known actress in the entertainment world - appearing on various TV shows and films throughout Europe. But it wasn’t until that year that she posed for one particular photograph that would define her entire career! The image features Ms. Collins looking directly at the camera with confidence while wearing subtle makeup and classic wavy hair, creating such an iconic look that still resonates today nearly 60 years later.
John Wayne sporting a rather unique look in 1959.
John Wayne was an American icon who could be seen in some of the most popular films of his time. His presence alone made him stand out amongst other actors, and it wasn't just because of his impressive size or larger-than-life personality! In 1959, he sported a rather unique look that we don't typically associate with The Duke's signature style!
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1970s.
The 1970s saw the emergence of a new sound in music: Southern Rock. One band that came to define this genre was Lynyrd Skynyrd whose powerful vocals and guitar riffs made them an instant classic amongst fans everywhere! The group could often be seen posing together for photographs both on stage or off, such as one taken around 1973 featuring all members sporting long hair – truly embodying what it meant to rock out during this era! To this day, images like these remain timeless reminders of why we continue loving bands from years gone by; providing us solace through their unique sounds even today.
Madonna posing for the camera in 1979.
In 1979, Madonna Louise Ciccone was just starting to make a name for herself in the music industry. Her bold and daring attitude paved the way for her success as she began experimenting with fashion, makeup, and hairstyles that had never been seen before. She also didn't shy away from posing provocatively for photographers - such as Richard Corman's classic photo of her leaning against an old car while wearing fishnet stockings and lace gloves.
Marc Singer and Tanya Roberts in The Beastmaster (1982)
The Beastmaster is a cult classic from 1982 that follows the adventures of Dar, played by Marc Singer. He possesses an extraordinary ability to communicate with animals and uses his powers in order to protect people he loves - such as Tanya Roberts’ character Kiri who joins him on this epic journey. The two quickly develop a bond that comes across clearly through their electrifying chemistry both on-screen and off! Their charming performances make it hard not to root for them together, making The Beastmaster one of those rare films that will be remembered fondly.
Marilyn Monroe riding the bicicycle she was gifted from The Daily Sketch after a press conference in London, 1956.
In 1956, the radiant and iconic Marilyn Monroe was taking Europe by storm with her charming presence. During a press conference in London that year, she received an unexpected gift - a beautiful bicycle from The Daily Sketch newspaper! Her signature smile lit up as soon as she saw it - prompting photographers to snap pictures of her riding around on it afterward. This memorable moment captured has become part of film history due to its timelessness – reminding us all why we love Marilyn so much even after all these years!
Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie Ladyhawke, 1985.
In 1985, Michelle Pfeiffer graced the silver screen as Isabeau in Ladyhawke. In this classic fantasy movie, she stars alongside Rutger Hauer and Matthew Broderick - with her character being a beautiful but mysterious woman who is caught up in an ancient curse that prevents them from ever touching each other during daylight hours. Throughout this romantic adventure, we get to witness both their strength of spirit and unconditional love for one another – making it yet another timeless performance by Michelle Pfeiffer that will never be forgotten!
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins stand in front of the Apollo 11 Saturn 5 in 1969.
On July 16, 1969, the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins began their historic mission to land on the moon. The trio of astronauts was photographed standing proudly next to a Saturn 5 rocket - which would take them further than any human had ever gone before! This picture has since become an iconic part of space exploration history – reminding us all that with courage and determination, anything is possible.
Pattie Boyd and hubby George Harrison rocking some groovy sunglasses in the 60s.
In the 1960s, Pattie Boyd and hubby George Harrison were the epitome of cool. While they were taking the music world by storm, they also had a knack for rocking the latest fashion trends. One of the most iconic looks of the '60s was a pair of groovy sunglasses. Whether they were aviators, cat-eyes, or the ever-popular wayfarers, Pattie and George knew how to rock these shades with aplomb. From the Woodstock concert to the streets of London, the couple was never seen without their signature sunglasses. The look was a perfect blend of style and sophistication, which was in line with their music. Even today, when talking about the '60s, people often bring up the decade's look, and Pattie and George's sunglasses remain a lasting symbol of the era.
Paula Abdul at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.
The 1987 MTV Video Music Awards was a night to remember! One of the biggest stars in attendance was none other than the unstoppable Paula Abdul. She was a force to be reckoned with, and her look for the night was a perfect representation of her star power. The look was topped off with her signature voluminous curls and a pair of statement earrings. As she made her way down the red carpet, all eyes were on her. She was the definition of poise and grace, and her style was a reflection of her success.
R2-D2 and C-3PO visit Sesame Street in 1979.
In 1979, Sesame Street was visited by two of the most famous droids in the galaxy - R2-D2 and C-3PO! The duo made their way onto the show in an episode called "Star Wars on Sesame Street". The episode was an instant hit and featured the beloved characters interacting with Big Bird and the gang. Kids around the world were thrilled to see their favorite Star Wars characters come to life on the small screen. R2-D2 and C-3PO were a perfect fit for the show, bringing a sense of adventure and excitement to the beloved street. The episode was a huge success and is even remembered today as one of the most iconic and memorable moments from Sesame Street.
Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver, 1976.
In 1976, Robert De Niro was at the top of his craft, and his performance in Taxi Driver was one of the most iconic of the decade. He was known for his method acting style, and his look for the role was essential to his performance. On the set of Taxi Driver, he was often seen wearing a black leather jacket and a pair of aviator sunglasses. This look was a perfect representation of the character he was playing, and it was a look that was full of attitude and grit. Even today, De Niro's look from the movie is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '70s.
Robert Mitchum reading on set in the 50s, and looks great doing so!
In the 1950s, Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and his films were some of the most acclaimed of the decade. While he was on set, he was often seen with a book in hand, and it was this image of him that became so iconic. He was known for his cool and relaxed demeanor, and his love for reading was a perfect representation of that. He was often photographed in a crisp white shirt, a pair of slacks, and a pair of glasses, looking every bit the intelligent and sophisticated man he was. Even today, Mitchum's look while reading on set is remembered as one of the most stylish and timeless looks of the era.
Robert Plant holding a dove that flew into his hands during a Led Zeppelin concert in 1973.
In 1973, Led Zeppelin was in the middle of a sold-out show when something magical happened. During a guitar solo, a dove flew into the hands of frontman Robert Plant. The bird stayed in his hands for a few moments before taking off, leaving the crowd in awe. It was a moment full of symbolism and mystery and was even more memorable due to Plant's iconic look.
Ron Howard and Pat Morita on the set of Happy Days, 1974.
In 1974, Ron Howard and Pat Morita were hard at work on the set of the classic sitcom Happy Days. The show was an instant hit and the duo was a perfect match. Both actors had a unique style that was reflective of their characters, and they were the ideal representation of '50s cool. Even today, their look from the show is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade.
Russian-born actor Yul Brynner was also an accomplished photographer.
Yul Brynner was a Russian-born actor who was best known for his role in the classic 1956 film The King and I. But what many people don't know is that he was also an accomplished photographer. In the 1950s and '60s, he traveled around the world, taking photographs of some of the most famous faces of the era. He had a great eye for capturing the essence of his subjects, and his pictures were often full of life and energy. He was often seen with a camera in hand, wearing a fedora and a pair of sunglasses. This look was a perfect representation of Brynner's cool and collected personality, and it is still remembered today as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the era.
Sally Field doing a promotional shoot for Smokey and the Bandit in 1977.
In 1977, Sally Field was at the top of her game. She was starring in the classic film Smokey and the Bandit and was busy doing promotional shoots for the movie. For one of these shoots, she wore a denim jumpsuit with a white tank top and a wide-brimmed hat. The look was a perfect blend of classic Western style and modern glamour, and it was the perfect representation of Field's star power. This look was a nod to the Western films of the past and a symbol of the changing times. Even today, her look from the shoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '70s.
Sharon Stone, photographed by George Hurrell in 1987.
In 1987, Sharon Stone was photographed by renowned Hollywood photographer George Hurrell. The pictures taken were genuinely iconic and captured Stone's beauty and grace in a way no one had seen before. The look perfectly represented Stone's classic style and timeless beauty. Even today, her look from the shoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the '80s.
She's Got Legs!! A young Lady Diana Spencer playing tennis barefoot in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, a young Lady Diana Spencer was often seen playing tennis at her family's estate. She was often photographed playing the game, and she was known for her love of doing things barefoot. She was often seen wearing a crisp white shirt and a pair of shorts, her long curly hair cascading down her back. This look was a perfect representation of her free-spirited nature and her sense of style. Even today, Lady Diana's barefoot tennis look is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the era.
Sophia Loren posing for a few photographers, 1960s.
In the 1960s, Sophia Loren was a style icon, and her career was in full swing. She was often seen posing for a few photographers, and the pictures taken were truly iconic. She had already starred in several films and was becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Even today, her look from the photoshoot is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade.
The sexy Jacqueline Bisset, 1970s.
In the 1970s, Jacqueline Bisset was a sultry and sophisticated star. She was often seen wearing a simple black dress with a pair of statement earrings and her signature long locks cascading down her back. This look was a perfect representation of her timeless style and her effortless beauty. Even today, her look from the '70s is remembered as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the era.
Tina Turner rockin out in the 70s.
In the 1970s, Tina Turner was the queen of rock and roll. She was known for her energetic and powerful performances, and her style was a perfect reflection of her music. She was often seen wearing vibrant, colorful outfits with sky-high heels and her signature voluminous locks. This look was a perfect representation of her passion and her unique style, and it is still remembered today as one of the most iconic fashion moments of the 70s.
Video vixen Tawny Kitaen and David Coverdale of Whitesnake also attended the same VMAs back in 1987.
Back in 1987, the MTV Video Music Awards were the talk of the town. All the decade's biggest stars were in attendance, including video vixen Tawny Kitaen and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. It was a glamorous affair, and Tawny and David were no exception. It was a night to remember for both of them and for music fans everywhere. The VMAs that year featured some of the most memorable performances of the decade, and Tawny and David were right in the middle of it all. Even today, it's impossible to talk about the '80s without mentioning the iconic looks of these two stars.
Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in a photo booth, 1950s.
Back in the 1950s, close friends Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly were at the top of the music game. They were often seen together in public, and one of their favorite pastimes was taking photos in a photo booth. The results were always classic, capturing the two friends in all their youthful glory. Waylon's signature cowboy hat and Buddy's Buddy Holly glasses made the images iconic, and they remain some of the most beloved photos of the era.
Womens groovy fashion finds in the 60s.
The 1960s were a time of revolution and change, and women's fashion was no exception. From bold colors and patterns to mini skirts and go-go boots, the '60s were a period of experimentation and creativity. Women embraced the fashion of the era, wearing bright colors and bold prints. Women also loved to accessorize with statement jewelry and bold sunglasses. The result was a look that was both daring and glamorous, a perfect combination for the decade. Even today, when people think of the '60s, they often think of the groovy fashion finds that women were wearing. From the Beatles-inspired style to the mod look of the era, '60s fashion remains a beloved part of the decade.