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Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s

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From the Swinging Sixties period in the U.K. to the flower power era of America, a considerable cultural and societal shift took place in the 1960s and 70s, with everything from music and fashion to politics and literature becoming increasingly progressive.

Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s


It was a brilliant time to grow up and was responsible for many of the “cult-classics”, “greatest hits”, and “cultural icons” that we continue to hold in such high regard. With that in mind, we’ve delved deep into the archives and compiled a list of cool and timeless photos from the period.

1. The British invasion

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While America being flooded with British actors and musicians is nothing new, back in the 1960s, it was almost unheard of to hear a non-American artist on the radio until the British Invasion of the mid-1960s took full swing. Spearheading this cultural phenomenon were the Beatles while other acts as the Dave Clark Five, the Ki, ks and the Rolling Stones soon followed

A sign of the rising “counterculture” movement on both sides of the Atlantic. leading rock and pop bands from the U.K. soon became a staple part of American radio, and to this, today, continue to dominate the airwaves stateside.

2. A young Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend the Grease premiere, 1978

Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s


Grease has stood the test of time and cemented itself in the canon of Hollywood’s greatest movies, and it all started in 1978! Here, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are pictured attending a Grease premiere party and naturally, both look hella fly.

Looking the part, the two would become pop-culture icons, with their fictional high school romance inspiring countless other kids to find their own Sandy and Danny.

3. An attractive airline stewardess poses for an American Airlines advert, 1970

Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s


Airlines have somewhat of a dark past when it came to hiring staff. In the 1960’s, their sole purpose was to serve and make sure they looked incredibly attractive to passengers to add gloss to the airline. A clear objectification of women, this unashamed practice was finally challenged in 1971 when the National Organization for Women (NOW) protested against workplaces that were “sexist and degrading to women”.

One particular campaign protesters took umbrage against was the National Airlines “Fly Me” slogan. As well as coming down hard on the executives who used attractive women for one sole purpose, protestors argued that men should be hired as well and portrayed in company advertising. Today, you’ll probably see at least one male flight attendant on your flight, while airline advertising now focuses on the flight experience as opposed to how pretty their stewardesses are.

4. Keith Richards hounded by journalists in Oslo, Norway, 1965 

Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s


The Rolling Stones are arguably the biggest rock band in history, and their ascent into the upper echelons of the charts started in the 60s with a series of European tours. With the Beatles already household names in America, the Stones weren’t quite on that level, but in time, their fanbase proliferated on a level not seen before for a rock outfit.

5.  Gary Anderson designed the ubiquitous recycling logo in a contest in 1970. He beat 499 entries to the $2,500 prize

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The now ubiquitous recycling logo wasn’t designed by a high-level advertising executive but a 23-year-old Swedish student in 1970. Gary Anderson, who beat out 499 others to the prize, would use the money to study at Stockholm University, which led to a successful career as a graphic designer and architect. As one of the most recognizable logos in the world, Anderson’s logo has been called one of America’s “most important design icons”.

6. A grid girl decorates a Ferrari 312 at the 1968 British Grand Prix

Groovy Photos From The 60s & 70s


While Formula 1 has recently parted company with grid girls in the wake of various women’s movements, there’s no denying that their inclusion on the grid added a spot of gloss to the sport, as evidenced by this photogenic woman posing on the bonnet of Chris Amon’s Ferrari 312 race car.

The unnamed model bears a canny resemblance to Francoise Hardy’s character in the 1966 movie, Grand Prix.

7. A young skater glides past two women in Los Angeles, 1975

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When a few bored surfers in the early 1950s grew tired of having nothing to do when the waves were flat, they thought up the ‘skateboard.’

Years later, the recreational activity became one of America’s favorite activities- especially amongst the youth of California. This photo, taken in 1975 during the peak of the craze, was captured by the photographer Hugh Holland, who admitted he was in the right place at the right time when a beach kid skated past two bikini-clad women.

8. The counterculture movement spawned the well-known phrase, “Flower Power.”

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At the height of the Vietnam protests, the ‘Flower Power’ slogan, an expression coined by American Beat poet Allen Ginsburg, was seen by many of the younger generations as a means of protest against pro-war governmental policies and American Dream ideals.

Years later, the flower has become a symbol of hippy culture and was viewed by many as the catalyst for the counterculture movement that followed.

9. Debbie Harry poses for Chris Stein, 1976

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Away from acting, Blondie also had a successful career as an actress with over 60 film roles and a number of TV appearances to her name. A photogenic face, Debbie Harry wasn’t shy to strut her stuff for editorial covers, either, as this sensual photo of a skimpily-clad Harry shows.

Debbie Harry’s new wave rock band Blondie were groundbreaking and were one of the first to find mainstream success with a female as the lead singer. The blonde bombshell and “Heart of Glass” hitmaker also became one of the first women rockers to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

10. Lynda Carter tucks into an ice cream, 1972

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Lynda Carter was a big deal in the 60s and 70s. Throwing on the spandex to play the brilliant Wonder Woman, Carter had first made a name for herself in a string of guest appearances in hit shows such as ‘Starsky & Hutch before the Wonder Woman television series aired in 1976.

Away from acting, Carter dabbled in music and released her debut album, Portrait’ in 1978, two songs of which were included on an episode of Wonder Woman. But Carter was far from an entertainer, she was also a prominent campaigner on a number of issues, including LGBT rights and eventually, cancer research. A starlet in every sense of the word, Carter was the antithesis of a true Wonder Woman.

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