If you’re on the lookout for something heartwarming in these uncertain times, look no further than recent history. It wasn’t all doom and gloom back then. Indeed, from the ’30s to the ’90s, there were plenty of times that things happened that put a great big smile on people’s faces, and luckily there was someone there with a camera to capture these heartwarming moments. Here we present twenty one hip and groovy moments from history that we guarantee will put a smile on you face. Enjoy!
Bunny Yeager Photographs Bettie Page And Friends in 1954
Former Playboy Playmate Bunny Yeager swapped appearing in front of the camera to appearing behind it, and as a result became one of the most accomplished and successful photographers of the 1960s and ’70s. One of her most famous pieces was the iconic shot of a bikini-clad Ursula Andress emerging from the sea on the Caribbean location shoot for the 1962 James Bond movie, Dr. No. Here she’s seen photographing the infamous pin-up girl Bettie Page, along with two leopards.
Bill Gates Arrested In 1977
He may now be one of the richest men in the world, but there was a time when Bill Gates was just a goofy young man who found himself on the wrong side of the law in New Mexico after speeding, failing to come to a halt at a stop sign and driving without a license. This string of traffic violations earned the young whizkid a slap on the wrist from the authorities, and provided the ages with one of the most famous mugshots of all time. Nice shirt collar, Bill!
Thai Girls With Beehives In Amsterdam In The ’60s
The 1950s may have broken down the barriers of fashion with the proliferation of bouffants and quiffs and pompadours, but it was the 1960s where young go-getters really went to town. It was an era of mop tops and bombshells, where young men stopped sporting the short, back and sides favored by their parents, and started growing their hair long. For women, the grooviest hairstyle bar none was the mighty beehive. This colossal hairstyle was popular around the world. Here, two Thai girls sport magnificent beehives in the streets of Amsterdam. And of course, their look wouldn’t be complete without that other icon of 1960s fashion – the miniskirt.
University Of Texas Sorority Sisters, 1944
The Nazis may have been taking a beating from the combined efforts of the United States, the Soviet Union and the British Empire back in 1944, but the war was not yet won, especially in the Pacific theater where MacArthur’s forces were grinding steadily towards the Japanese mainland and the scientists working on the Manhattan Project had yet to test the atomic bomb that would ultimately end the war. On the home front, college admissions for men was the lowest it had ever been as young men were recruited into the military to fight the Axis powers in both Europe and the Pacific. In 1944, women ruled the roost in the nation’s colleges, and none more so than at the University of Texas where sorority sisters took advantage of their elevated position to party long and hard. You go, girls!
The Grease Premiere Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, 1978
It’s Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at the Grease premiere party back in 1978. These two were pretty much huge stars at this point in time. This film put both of these young talents firmly in the spotlight. Travolta continued to land leading roles and Olivia Newton-John became a pop-culture icon, and a four-time Grammy award winner after starring in this musical film.
Observing A Solar Eclipse At The Empire State Building, 1932
There was a lot of excitement for the solar eclipse that would take place on August 31st, 1932. By this stage, most American homes had a radio, and more people than ever before knew the eclipse was coming. So it was no surprise that the viewing platform of the Empire State Building in New York was chock-a-block with people that day, all excitedly gathered to witness one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular wonders.
Robin Williams And His Wife, New York, 1983
Here’s comedy legend Robin Williams and his first wife Valerie Velardio back in happier times. Williams had just finished a recording of the legendary satire show, Saturday Night Live, and was heading out on the town with his wife. Williams was riding high in 1983, and his career would only go from strength-to-strength as the ’80s and ’90s progressed. Not so his marriage to Valerie, which would end in acrimonious divorce after Williams admitted to an affair with their nanny.
Knockout! Tom Jones Floors Mohammad Ali In 1980
Remember that time Welsh crooner Tom Jones knocked out Heavyweight Champion of the World Mohammad Ali in the third round of their fight in Madison Square Gardens in 1980? Nope, us neither! This was in fact a publicity shoot that took place in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. Ali was a huge fan of Jones, and was only too willing to don his famous gloves and have a sparring session with the Welshman. He even obliged Jones by pretending to be knocked out. As you can see, Jones was quick to celebrate the result!
Macca And The King Of Pop Doing The Chores In 1983
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson were good friends, so much so that Jackson often visited Paul at his home. As you can see, the King of Pop had no problem mucking in and doing his fair share of the chores! Sadly, the pair would fall out shortly after this photo was taken after Jackson acquired the rights to the Lennon-McCartney back catalog. Paul tried to get Jackson to up the amount he received in royalties, and when Jackson refused, the pair fell out permanently.
Carrie Fisher Poses For Rolling Stone In 1983
When it came time to promote the third movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi, Rolling Stonemagazine enlisted the help of Carrie Fisher, skimpy Princess Leia costume and all. The photo-shoot took place on a beach in California and the results were particularly pleasing to the magazine’s mainly male audience. Return of the Jedi would turn out to be the last time fans would see Fisher tackle the iconic role of Leia until she made her return in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
After The Storm – Children In Paris In 1949
The Nazi occupation of France lasted from 1940 to 1944. When the Allies finally beat the Nazis back following the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, Paris was soon liberated, and the citizens of that city could start to rebuild their lives and get back to some semblance of normality. Here we see two children enjoying each other’s company in the street in Paris in 1949. It’s a far cry from the days when the streets of the city were patrolled by members of the Wermacht and the Gestapo.
Jeff Bridges And His Beard
A grizzled, bearded Jeff Bridges is something we’ve come to expect in his later years, as the star of The Big Lebowskiand True Grit has made the look all his own. Back in the ’70s, Bridges was much more clean cut as a general rule. However, he did occasionally sneak in a bit of cheeky beard action, as we can see from this publicity shot from the 1970s. Top bearding, Jeff!
Carphone 50’s Style
Lars Magnus Ericsson was the first person to install a telecommunications device in a car, however they weren’t the most reliable. It worked (if you could get a channel), but was super clunky as you can see in this photo from 1959.
Battle Of The Network Stars, 1977
Back in 1977, the three major television networks came up with the idea of competing with one another in a series of sporting challenges to decide once and for all which network was the best. Here we see Jaclyn Smith and Penny Marshall competing for the ABC team in sports such as soccer, running, cycling and bowling against teams from NBC and CBS in the February 1977 edition of Battle of the Network Stars.
We take you to 1954 and to October 27th when Walt Disney unveiled his plans for ‘Disneyland’. The park was opened less than a year later on July 17th 1955!