Magical Photos From The Past That Will Keep You Staring                                                                                               Cover Girl-Photo of the beautiful Christie Brinkley from the 70's.

Collected here are some enchanting photos of the past that will bring these moments back to life. You’ll find hilarious fashion fads, strange cultural trends, political protests, influential music, and various defining moments in history and pop culture. Come flip through these captivating photos that have left us in complete awe. 

Born Christine Lee Hudson, Christie Brinkley achieved worldwide fame after landing three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers from the late 1970s through 1981. After that, she landed yet another huge gig, not only did she become the face of CoverGirl, but she spent 25 years in the position. Which was unheard of considering modeling is considered a “time sensitive” career. She had the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history.

She also signed contracts with other major brands over the span of her three-decade career and has appeared on over 500 magazine covers. Brinkley remains a fashion and beauty icon but has also gone on to work as an actress, writer, illustrator, photographer, designer, and activist.

Photo showing Cousin Its' face (Felix Silla) on the set of the Addams Family. 1965

Here we have the face behind the hair, Cousin Its reveals the face of actor Felix Silla on the set of the Addams Family back in 1965. The Addams Family only aired for two seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1966, for a total of 64 episodes. It was in direct competition with The Munsters on CBS, which ran for the same two seasons but secured higher Nielsen ratings. 

The Addams Family consisted of the very wealthy Gomez Addams (John Astin), his wife and obsession Morticia, née Frump (Carolyn Jones); their daughter Wednesday (Lisa Loring), and their son Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax). Extended family included the odd Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan), and Grandma (Blossom Rock).                                                                                                                      A handsome, young John Wayne early on in his acting career. (1930)

Born Marion Robert Morrison, John Wayne, also known as the “Duke,” wasn’t just a man of many names, but also many talents. As an actor and a filmmaker he managed to spend three decades as one of the largest box office draws in the industry.

His first leading role came in 1930 with Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail, this part was just the first in a string of lead roles in B movies all throughout the 1930s– most of which were Westerns. In 1939 he landed the role of a lifetime in John Ford’s Stagecoach and from there he was a megastar. Literally, a megastar 142 pictures to be exact.

Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark in addition to being third cousins through Queen Victoria. It was while crossing paths at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, that young Elizabeth (only 13 years old at the time) fell head over heels in love with Philip.

The feeling was mutual and the two began exchanging love letters until July 9, 1947, when they officially announced their engagement. Elizabeth and Philip were married on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. They went on to have four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Jimi Hendrix at age 15 with his first electric guitar, 1958.

Pictured here is rock legend Jimi Hendrix, or as he was still known as in this photo, Johnny Allen Hendrix. Even back in elementary school, Hendrix had a habit of rocking out… of course it was with a broomstick he’d pretend was a guitar.In 1957, Hendrix happened to find a ukulele tossed out in a trash heap, so he began following along to Elvis songs.

By mid-1958, Hendrix was 15-years old and the proud owner of his very first acoustic guitar, which he scored for a whopping 5 bucks. Within three months of playing with his band the Velvetones, he knew he had to go electric. 

Cherie Currie of The Runaways listens to records at home, 1977.

Cherie Ann Currie is best known as the lead vocalist of the all-female rock band the Runaways. Alongside bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox and Vicki Blue, Currie rocked the mid-to-late 1970s so hard, she was dubbed "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot".

Currie went solo after the band parted ways, then went on to team up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie to create an album. Their duet "Since You Been Gone", charted number 95 on US charts. Currie has provided ‘guest vocals’ on many albums over the years, working with The Ramones and Rick Derringer. She also released some duet projects of her own including singles with ex-bandmate Lita Ford and Glenn Danzig. 

Aerial view of the launch pads along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 1960's.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, also known as “Cape Kennedy”, is an installation of the United States Air Force Space Command's 45th Space Wing. It’s headquartered at the Patrick Air Force Base on Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida.

A number of American space exploration pioneers were launched here and the station has three launch pads currently active. Launches include, the first U.S. Earth satellite in 1958, the first U.S. astronaut in 1961, and the first U.S. astronaut in orbit was in 1962. It was also the launch site for all of the first spacecraft to (separately) fly past each of the planets in the Solar System (1962–1977).

An impromptu kickline around 1950

While these lovely ladies have great gams, no one pulled off a kickline quite like the Rockettes. Looking back it seems so strange that such simplicity would grow so popular, although the attire of the Rockettes was able to bring it to life. One could easily come to the conclusion that the simplicity (not to mention the conformity) of the kickline was symbolic of the entire decade. The 1950s and its seemingly ‘Stepford-like’ norms displaying a complete lack creativity or any sort of individuality are perfectly expressed in this very basic but charming dance move.   

Author Ernest Hemingway and bullfighter Antonio Ordonez enjoy a drink, behind bars. (1959)

Pictured here is a toasty Ernest Hemingway alongside an equally sloshed Antonio Ordonez, having a laugh and a few too many drinks behind bars in Spain. Ernest Hemingway is just as famous for his drinking as he is for writing. He frequented many bars throughout his lifetime. It seemed he had a favorite bar and even a signature drink in every place he ever lived or visited. He’s even credited with immortalizing a few of his favorite haunts through his writing. His favorite bar in Cuba, El Floridita even erected a life-sized bronze statue of the great Hemingway. They also dedicated a bar stool to him. 

Caroline Kennedy holding her father’s hand, 1961

Pictured here is John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States escorting his adorable daughter Caroline. JFK’s administration ran from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Little Caroline was just shy of her sixth birthday when she lost her father.

Today, Caroline is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis. She grew up to become a prominent author, attorney, and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. Much like her mother, she's an advocate for education reform and stays involved with charitable work.                                                                                                                                                                                         Marilyn Monroe's film studio wanted to prove that she would look good even in a Potato Sack Dress, 1951.

Marilyn Monroe has long sat high up on the list of sexiest women in Hollywood history. That old saying about someone looking good, even look good in a potato sack applied first figuratively and then literally to Miss Monroe. Thanks to studio reps at Twentieth Century Fox, they proved Marilyn certainly could look good in anything.

What sparked this strange experiment was a comment made about a revealing red dress Marilyn wore to a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The columnist called her cheap and vulgar and went on to suggest the actress would have looked better in a potato sack. So, there it was, Marilyn Monroe, looking just as sexy in burlap as she did in slinky designer dresses.                                                                                                                                                                         Charlie Chaplin and his four wives (1918-1977)

Charlie Chaplin’s first wife was actress Mildred Harris. The two wed in 1918 after a pregnancy scare and while it ended up being a false alarm, Mildred did go on to mother Chaplin’s first child. Tragically, the baby died after only three days and the couple divorced in 1920.

Next up was Lita Grey, she too was an actress. She fell for Chaplin and the two were married from 1924 until 1927. Before their incredibly bitter divorce, the couple had two children: Charles Jr. and Sydney Earl.

Charlie Chaplin’s third marriage was to actress Paulette Goddard, who appeared in Modern Times and The Great Dictator. Their marriage lasted from 1936 to 1942 and by all accounts, it ended on amicable terms.

Charlie Chaplin’s fourth and final wife was Oona O’Neill. They married in June of 1943, and it seemed the star had found happiness at last. Of course, Oona was only 18 and Chaplin was 53… Before Chaplin’s death in 1977, he and Oona had eight children together: Geraldine, Michael, Josephine, Victoria, Eugene, Jane, Annette, and Christopher. 

Claudia Cardinal (1959)

Claudia Cardinale took Europe by a storm, and soon the United States… and the rest of the world. The Italian film actress and sex symbol appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s. She was blessed with more than just beauty, she had real talent as can be seen in her performances in films such as Girl with a Suitcase (1961), The Leopard (1963), and Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963).

It was her role in The Pink Panther opposite David Niven that got her noticed in the US. Then she began appearing in Hollywood films like Blindfold (1965) with Rock Hudson, The Professionals (1966), and the epic Western Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). She feared becoming a cliché and grew tired of Hollywood so she returned to Italian and French cinema. 

Did you feed your pet rock today?

Ah yes, the Pet Rock, the best, worst collectible conceived in 1975. Advertising executive Gary Dahl conceptualized the product, proving that marketing really is everything in business. These smooth stones from Mexico's Rosarito Beach (which you could always choose to decorate with paint and googly eyes), were marketed like live pets and sold in custom cardboard boxes complete with breathing holes. The fad only lasted about six months but it’s amazing it ever got going in the first place. Dahl sold about 1.5 million Pet Rocks at a whopping $4 each and became a millionaire…. An actual millionaire selling people rocks as pets. 

In 1940 the Douglas DC-3 was the ultimate way to fly.

The Douglas DC-3 is credited with revolutionizing air travel. Prior to this legendary aircraft taking flight, it was a long grueling 25 hours to make the trip from New York to Los Angeles. It also often took at least two plane changes and around 15 stops to make the trip. Now, it takes one plane to cross the country and you’re only stopping three times at most to refuel.

The plane first took to the skies December 17, 1935 and airlines like TWA, Delta, American, and United ordered entire fleets of DC-3s, establishing the model as the official for long-distance travel. The Douglas DC-3 is widely considered the first airliner that was able to make money just from carrying passengers.

Jeannie Rousseau 1939, member of the French Resistance in WWII. She was caught and sent to three different concentration camps.

Pictured here is a smirking Jeannie Yvonne Ghislaine Rousseau. This brave beauty was an Allied intelligence agent working in occupied France during World War II. Rousseau was able to evade the Gestapo while behind enemy lines gathering intelligence on the Germans' emerging rocket weapons programs.

She forwarded her findings to London and her successful mission led directly to the British raid on Peenemünde and to saving thousands of lives in the West. Rousseau was captured twice and did end up spending time in three concentration camps but she made it through alive and after the war, she went on to work as a freelance interpreter.

Jon Bon Jovi and a few of his admirers (1985).

Pictured here is rock star Jon Bon Jovi, getting away with wearing sunglasses indoors. His band, Bon Jovi, formed in 1983 and included lead guitarist Richie Sambora, pianist and keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, and bassist Alec John Such (who was replaced by Hugh McDonald).

By 1986, Bon Jovi had achieved worldwide fame with their third album, Slippery When Wet. The band spent pretty much all of the late 80’s touring and recording non-stop. Finally, they took a hiatus in 1990, but that didn’t mean relaxation, it was just a break from each other because during this time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both went ahead and released their own successful solo albums.

Thus far, Bon Jovi has released 13 studio albums, six compilations, and three live albums. The band has sold more than 130 million records worldwide and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. As of October 5, 2017, Bon Jovi has been listed as a nominee for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions.

Clint Eastwood and Manis the orangutan bonding on the set of Every Which Way But Loose,1978.

Pictured here is Clint Eastwood, Hollywood’s resident badass and the official cultural icon of masculinity cuddled up with an orangutan. The orangutan in question is Manis; who was Eastwood’s sidekick Clyde in the 1978 box office hit Every Which Way But Loose.

Unfortunately, Manis could not reprise his role in the 1980 sequel, Any Which Way You Can, because he had grown too much by the time they were ready to start shooting. After leaving Eastwood’s side, Manis went back to his Las Vega act before appearing in Going Ape! (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984), Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1985), and the hit series Cheers (1988). 

Little Hippie dancing at WoodStock, 1969.

Hippy parents didn’t see anything wrong with dragging their kids to a weekend long, drug-fueled rock concert. There were probably a great deal of children conceived at Woodstock as well.

There were at least two confirmed birth’s at Woodstock. Can you image being at a three-day rock festival and then going into labor? There were reports of a new mother being airlifted to the hospital by helicopter and another birth happened in the nine-mile traffic jam just outside the festival.

At one point John Sebastian, lead singer with Lovin' Spoonful, announced from the stage: 'Some cat's old lady just had a baby, a kid destined to be far out!' 

Looks like these ladies were having a good time at a bachelorette party in 1920!

Decadence, glamor, and apparently careless lounging on staircases was the type of fun young gals had in the roaring 20s. But it wasn’t all fun and games. The women of this era would go on to be remembered as a “new woman” because of all the changes that the decade brought. Significant changes put into motion during this time were in politics, the home, the workplace, and in education for women.

Women began to stand up and voice that they felt it was their right to take a serious part in politics, as it was their daily lives that political decisions were affecting too. When passed in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. By 1929, women were represented on local, state, and national political committees.

Maybe this diver with an umbrella was afraid to get wet...Paris, 1949

This photo is dated 1949 and features the odd sight of a deep sea diver with an umbrella overhead. What looks like a strange hybrid of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Mary Poppins taken on the Disney backlot, was actually shot in Paris back in 1949.

These strange suits for exploring underwater worlds have a long history. Crude and often frightening designs date all the way back in 1715 when Pierre Remy de Beauve crafted his iron corseted suit and helmet that made sea explorers look like martians. 

Mod fashion of the 1960's with psychedelic glasses and cut-out gloves. Far out!

Mod Fashion of the 1960s was marvelously innovative and bold and the British are credited with really setting the tone... and the world happily followed suit. The 1960’s really ushered in that whole “anything goes” with fashion attitude. A concept which may morph in its execution but the root sentiment still continued on in the decades that followed. The Baby Boomers were coming of age and the fashion revolution of the 60’s was youth-oriented. These modern looks weren’t confined to runways: ‘Mod’ took to the streets. The muted pastels of the1950s were fading into obscurity and Day Glow made its splash amongst bold geometric patterns. 

Mr. Paul Newman, 1963.

Award-winning actor Paul Newman was also a director, producer, philanthropist, and had an immense love for race car driving. As old ‘cool hand’ once explained, auto racing was "the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in". 

Pictured here is Kathrine Switzer competing in the 1967 Boston Marathon even though she wasn’t allowed to as a woman. Because she was dressed in oversized sweat clothes, she was able to go undetected long enough to get started. The problem was when a reporter spotted her and alerted Boston Marathon race directors Will Cloney and Jock Semple to her presence, “Hey, Jock, you’ve got a broad on your hands today.”

The next thing Switzer knows is she’s being charged at by Cloney and Semple. Both men tried to physically stop Switzer, but she managed to out maneuver them. Despite their efforts to stop her, she persisted and became the first woman to finish the race.                                                                                                                          One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. A young George Carlin, 1950's.

It was in 1959 when comedian, actor, and author George Carlin met Jack Burns and formed a comedy team. The duo did local performances in Fort Worth before heading out to California in February of 1960. The as they say… a legend was born.

Carlin is now most known noted for his hilariously dark way of conveying his thoughts on…. Well on pretty much everything. He’s taken on politics, psychology, religion, just about every taboo he could get his hands on, and even the English language. Sadly he passed on June 22, 2008, but his work continues to influence the work of writers and comedians every day.

Some who credit Carlin as an influence are, Kevin Smith, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Lewis Black, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher among many others. 

Protesters back in the 70's.

As we all know, the 1970s were a tumultuous time (on its own as a decade and as an extension of the issues from the 1960s). Everyone being marginalized fought for equality: Women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the gay community. Many stood up to protest the ongoing war in The Rolling Stones is easily the greatest rock band in the world, drawing in crowds of a cool 90 to 100,000 as they did in June 1978 in no surprise. Those roaring crowds in attendance consisted of your average rockers, frantic starstruck girls, and even other celebrities.

You can count on seeing it all at a Stone’s show; police escorting the more ‘enthusiastic’ fans out of the hall, girls flashing the stage, Jagger doing weird things with his tongue and skinny hips for a sea of adoring fans.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rolling Stones Fans, 1978.

The Rolling Stones is easily the greatest rock band in the world, drawing in crowds of a cool 90 to 100,000 as they did in June 1978 in no surprise. Those roaring crowds in attendance consisted of your average rockers, frantic starstruck girls, and even other celebrities.

You can count on seeing it all at a Stone’s show; police escorting the more ‘enthusiastic’ fans out of the hall, girls flashing the stage, Jagger doing weird things with his tongue and skinny hips for a sea of adoring fans. 

Stevie Wonder visiting a children’s school for the blind in London.... (circa 1970)

Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder. Wonder is an accurate description of the brilliant singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

He was a child prodigy who has been blind since (shortly after) birth and is now considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. Pictured here is the beloved musician visiting a children’s school for the blind in London back in the 1970s. Stevie was good with kids and apparently had a way with the ladies... having an impressive nine children of his own with five different women. 

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