Back before photoshop and Instagram, pictures were taken with no thought of editing out flaws. Everything captured with a camera was raw, real, and full of emotion. From flower children making their way to Woodstock to Jimi Hendrix playing pool at a friend’s house, nostalgic and vintage photos tend to remind us of better, simpler, and happier times. Get ready to journey into the past with these old photographs; we trust a lot of them will have you reminiscing!
Ann-Margret Being Goofy In 1965
A certified star by 1965, Ann-Margret Being has a career in the entertainment industry that spans over five decades. Starring in films with huge acts such as Elvis in Viva Las Vegas surely helped her rise to fame!
But, she didn’t seem to let the celebrity status go to her head. As we can see in this beautiful black and white photograph, Ann-Margret Being still had time to goof off in front of the camera!
Diana Ross Dancing The Night Away At Studio 54
First becoming popular as a member of the group the Supremes, Diana Ross quickly made a name for herself in the music industry. Here, we see her dancing the night away in the infamous Studio 54 disco nightclub in Midtown Manhattan, New York.
From 1977 to 1980, people would flock to the club to forget about the world around them. Currently, the old Studio 54 location is being used as the location of a Broadway Theatre.
Deep Purple Going Full-On Rock & Roll In 1974
At the time, the British band Deep Purple was moving into a genre of music that no one really paid attention to, hard rock, and heavy metal. Later, they would become known as the pioneers of the genre, joining Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as “the unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies.”
Here, were see guitarist Ritchie Blackmore going full-on rock and roll during the California Jam tour in 1974, smashing his guitar over an amplifier.
Jungle Pam Hardy Posing For Hot Rod Magazine
In the 1970s, people would be hard-pressed not to find Jungle Pam Hardy walking up and down drag race tracks. As the trusty sidekick to Jungle Jim Lieberman, the track was more of a home for Pam than a place to race cars.
At the time, there were little to no women on the circuit; seeing Pam was a huge drawing point for the crowd. Here, we see the legendary lady posing next to a Chevy Vega Funny Car for Hot Rod magazine.
Kiss Taking Over London In 1976
In 1973, four men decided to form a little rock band called Kiss. Little did they know, but the New York group was about to become mega-stars in the music scene. Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, and Ace Frehley were unlike any band out there.
They were theatrical, with costumes, painted faces, and even fire breathing! As their popularity grew, Kiss saw their fanbase stretch overseas. Here, we see them posing in front of The Palace of Westminster in London.
Freddie Mercury And Mary Austin At The Ivor Novella Awards (1987)
The thing about Queen singer Freddie Mercury and Mary Austin is that they were infatuated with each other before he hit major stardom. The two met in 1969 after the singer graduated from college, and Austin was working as a shop-girl.
A few years later, in 1974, they married. Then, in 1976, they decided they were better as friends, divorcing but remaining extremely close. This image is the two at The Ivor Novella Awards in 1987, where Mercury received an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Johnny Cash Singing For 800 Inmates At Cummins Prison Farm
Country singer Johnny Cash began doing his infamous prison concerts in the 1950s. His first concert was held at San Quentin State Prison in 1958. There, he famously sang “A Boy Named Sue,” a rendition that reached number one on the country charts.
Cash went on to do concerts at Folsom Prison, where he sand “Folsom Prison Blues,” and Cummins Prison farm, where this picture was taken. At Cummins, he adapted the Folsom Blues song to include the lyrics “I’m locked in Cummin’s Prison.” He was made an honorary life-timer!
Fan-ilows At A Barry Manilow Concert in 1983
Singer and songwriter Barry Manilow came onto the scene in the 60s, composing an entirely original score used on the off-Broadway play The Drunkard. From there, he went on to have a successful career spanning over 50 years.
Throughout that time, Manilow went on to release 51 Top 40 singles, 13 platinum albums, six multi-platinum albums and has gained the praise of huge names like Frank Sinatra. So, it’s no wonder these ladies are decked out in their Fan-ilow garb, watching him perform at Blenheim Palace on August 28, 1983.
People Making Their Way To Woodstock In The Summer Of ’69
August of 1969 will always be remembered for a few certain dates, the 15th through the 18th. That weekend, 32 bands and solo acts came together for what is considered one of the pivotal moments in popular music history.
The celebration of love, peace, and music was one of the signature events for the counterculture generation going against the establishment. Here, we see a sea of young adults making their way to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the festival.
Jimi Hendrix Shooting Billiards At A Friends House In 1967
Although Jimi Hendrix’s mainstream career only lasted a short four years, he is one of the most celebrated guitarists of the 20th century. Not only is he widely regarded as an influential musician, but The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers him to be “the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”
Just because he is a high-profile star doesn’t mean Hendrix didn’t like his downtime. Here, we see the guitarist smiling while playing a game of pool at a friend’s house back in 1967.
Marjorie Kelso Doing A Door By Door Census In 1950
Before the United States Census was mailed to each American household, or the internet was up and running, people would walk door-to-door, counting heads to determine the population in each state.
In this case, United States Census taker Marjorie Kelso of Oakland, California, was captured via photograph walking among the docks of the ark community of houseboats off Alameda Avenue. Tucked into her side is a large book, where she will tally the heads living in each household.
Dustin Hoffman And The Graduate Poster
Before Dustin Hoffman was known as a huge name in Hollywood, he was Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate with no real plan for the future. Enter Mrs. Robinson, the older woman who gets on Braddock’s radar only for him to fall for her daughter.
The Graduate went on to be the highest-grossing film worldwide when it was released in 1967. Little did Hoffman know while he was standing next to the theater poster that he was about to become a huge star.
The 1950s Were A Time To Bring A Date To The Drive-In
Even in the 1950s, bringing your crush or partner to see the latest film after a nice dinner out was high on the “date list.” Only going to the theater looked a bit different. Instead of going to a traditional theater with a huge marquee, a lot of young people opted for the drive-in.
This way, they could be alone in a car, order food, and also socialize with other people their age. We hope no one reading this has ever been “stranded at the drive-in” like Danny Zucko!
Barbara Bach And Robert Moore Promoting James Bond
The James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me was released in 1977, quickly becoming a wildly popular spy film. Eon executive Charles Juroe, said, “I have never seen a reaction in the cinema as there was that night. You couldn’t help it. You could not help but stand up. Even Prince Charles stood up.”
Here, we see the two lead actors of the film, Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, posing with the Lotus Esprit to promote the movie. Obviously, their promotions worked, as the film grossed $185.4 million in the box office.
Sylvester Stallone Signing Rocky Autographs At The Premiere
In 1976, the rag- to-riches sports drama Rocky hit theaters. An unknown talent at the time, Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay, fighting with each studio he brought it to because he wasn’t willing to work unless he was Rocky Balboa.
His hard work and patience were worth it, as the film went on to gross $225 million in the global box office. It even won three Academy Awards that year, including Best Picture.
Jayne Mansfield Reading Fan Mail In 1955
In the 50s and 60s, Jayne Mansfield was regarded as one of the primo Hollywood ladies. She was a movie and television actress, as well as a nightclub entertainer and singer — a triple threat.
Although her career was short-lived due to a horrible accident, Mansfield was loved by many. Here, we see her in an old-school mailroom, looking quite happy reading fan mail from one of her adoring fans.
Mick Jagger And Jerry Hall Skating At A Groovy Rink
Rolling Stones founder and lead singer Mick Jagger has had a career spanning over five decades. He’s been touring since the 60s, slowly but surely becoming known as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll.”
While they’re not together anymore, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall were quite the couple for some time. Here, we see them having some fun at a skating rink, with Jagger trading in his boyish looks for a full beard!
Frank Sinatra Being Congratulated By Dean Martin
On July 20, 1965, the grounds surrounding Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, was packed. It was a movie premiere, but rather the handprint ceremony for singer Frank Sinatra. As you can tell from the picture, fellow singer, Dean Martin, was very happy for his long-time friend.
Sinatra was one of the most influential and popular artists of the 20th century, going on to sell more than 150 million records worldwide.
Italian Singer Patty Pravo Sitting Among Vinyls
Italian singer Patty Pravo made her debut in the music world in 1966. From there, she remained a popular artist through the 60s and 70s, losing traction the following decade and picking back up in the 90s.
Even so, she is reportedly the third-highest selling Italian artist in history. This picture captures Pravo in what we’d guess is her element: surrounded by vinyl records, a record player, and many pieces of paper that might be her artistic ramblings.
Robin Williams And Shelley Duvall As Popeye And Olive Oyl
1980 brought us the comedic genius of actors Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in the musical Popeye. Williams starred as the title character while Duvall played the role of his love interest Olive Oyl.
The film went on to gross $49.8 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics. This behind the scenes picture definitely illustrates the relationship the two had on set! With Duvall trying to be serious while Williams was his goofy self.
Behind The Scenes Of The Magnificent Seven
The Western film The Magnificent Seven hit theaters in 1960, introducing the world to seven gunslingers who were hired to protect a small town from bandits. While the film originally garnered mixed reviews, The Library of Congress still found it significant enough to add to the United States National Film Registry in 2013.
This behind the scenes shot shows the seven stars, Yul Brynner, Brad Dexter, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Horst Buchholz.
The CBS Sitcom The Honeymooners Had Fans Laughing Along
CBS aired the pilot episode of The Honeymooners on October 1, 1955, replacing a variety comedy sketch of the same name. Starring Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney, the sitcom quickly became must-watch primetime television.
The series is considered to be very influential, as it was the first United States sitcoms to portray a working-class family, instead of the All-American upper-middle class. The Honeymooners only lasted one season of 39 episodes.
Behind The Scenes Shot Of Michael Douglas And Kathleen Turner
Released in 1984, the romantic comedy-adventure Romancing The Stone starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in what is considered to be one of the greatest rom-coms of all time. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and funny while having enough adventure to keep action film enthusiasts engaged.
While the movie didn’t go on to win an Academy Award, it did win a few Golden Globes. One for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and another for Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy.
Brigitte Bardot Stretching Before Dancing On TV Variety Shows
Growing up, French actress Brigitte Bardot had her eyes set on becoming a professional ballerina. Ultimately, she went into modeling and acting instead of dancing, but continued to land roles in which her character would gracefully, or not so gracefully, twirl around the stage.
The black and white photograph shows Bardot and her dance partner Michel Renaud warming up and stretching before their performance on a French program called TV Variety Shows.
The Blues Brothers Knew How To Draw In A Crowd
Starting as a sketch from the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live, The Blue’s Brother quickly became popular, paving the way for the full-length motion picture. Starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, the movie was wildly popular and has since become known as a “cult classic.”
Garnering generally positive reviews from critics, the concept of “The Blues Brothers” led to The House of Blues venue franchise where people go to listen to good tunes.
Performing in 1960: The Rat Pack
The 1960s group of A-list entertainers known as the “Rat Pack” consisted of talents such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, among others through the years. Throughout the decade, these men were the people to see on a Las Vegas stage.
Ironically, the name “Rat Pack” came from the previous decade, the 50s, when Humphrey Bogart and his friends returned from Vegas to their home state of New York, looking “like a rat pack.” At least, according to his wife, Lauren Bacall!
Lloyd Bridges Taking His Acting To The Sea In 1960
Sea Hunt was an action-adventure television series that aired from 1958 to 1961, staying very popular for decades after the last episode. Starring Lloyd Bridges as ex-Navy diver Mike Nelson, the show features various underwater shots and daring rescues made by the lead character.
Along with its great visual effects, the series made sure to remind viewers of the importance of conserving the environment. The series ran for four seasons, with a total of 155 episodes.
Karen And Richard Carpenter With Their Many Awards
The vocal group, The Carpenters, was made up of the sibling team of Karen and Richard. Over a 14-years career, the duo recorded ten albums and released numerous hit singles. Their brand of music was interesting melodic pop, intriguing listeners, and shooting them straight to the Billboard Hot 100 a few different times.
By the time their career came to an end, The Carpenters had sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time.