The 1970s are often associated with Vietnam and Watergate, but there was also plenty of glamor between the wild fashion, TV stars like Farrah Fawcett, and the disco era.

So to get a better image of the decade, let's take a look at the aptly-titled Instagram account, 70s Archives. It shares photos that show not only how people looked in the period, but also what they were passionate about and how they spent their days.

After all, nothing paints a better picture of a place in time than those who inhabit it.

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Robin Williams As The First Male Cheerleader For The Denver Broncos, 1979

Robin Williams As The First Male Cheerleader For The Denver Broncos, 1979

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May light defeat the darkness
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2 months ago (edited)

I felt my heart ache when I came across this picture. Humanity needs beautiful people like Robin Williams.

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“The Right Man For The Job May Be A Woman” - Ruth Gordon Schnapp, The First Woman To Be Licensed As A Structural Engineer In California, Late 1970s

“The Right Man For The Job May Be A Woman” - Ruth Gordon Schnapp, The First Woman To Be Licensed As A Structural Engineer In California, Late 1970s

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

still true

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In some ways, the 1970s was a continuation of the 1960s: marginalized people continued their fight for equality, and many Americans joined the protest against the ongoing war in Vietnam.

However, the decade was at the same time a repudiation of the 1960s: there was a mobilization to defend political conservatism and traditional family roles, and the behavior of President Richard Nixon undermined many people's faith in the good intentions of the federal government.

By the end of the decade, these divisions and disappointments had set a tone for public life that many would argue still remains with us today.

#3

Dolly Parton In 1976

Dolly Parton In 1976

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Asteríx Viking
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2 months ago (edited)

I Will Always Love you! One of the best songs written.

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A Young Boy’s Reaction To Meeting André The Giant, 1970s

A Young Boy’s Reaction To Meeting André The Giant, 1970s

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

I can hear his "Wow!" :-)

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Tim Curry As Dr. Frank-N-Furter In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Tim Curry As Dr. Frank-N-Furter In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

Legend.

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Many Americans, particularly working class and middle class whites, responded to the turbulence of the late 1960s along with its urban riots and counterculture by embracing a new kind of conservative populism.

Sick and tired of what they interpreted as spoiled hippies and whining protestors, and an interfering government that, in their eyes, coddled poor people and black people at taxpayer expense, these individuals formed what political strategists called a "silent majority."

#6

Thomas Carey At San Diego's Gay Pride Day, 1978

Thomas Carey At San Diego's Gay Pride Day, 1978

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Asteríx Viking
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2 months ago

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍💖

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#7

Freddie Mercury Of Queen In 1977. Photographed By Neal Preston

Freddie Mercury Of Queen In 1977. Photographed By Neal Preston

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2 months ago

I wanted to get married wearing a copy of this jumpsuit. The wife said no!

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Cher In A Photoshoot For Her 1974 Album “Dark Lady” (By Richard Avedon)

Cher In A Photoshoot For Her 1974 Album “Dark Lady” (By Richard Avedon)

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Sue Lynn Chan
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2 months ago

Look like she can play the role of Morticia Addams

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This silent majority swept President Richard Nixon into office in 1968, and almost immediately, Nixon began to dismantle the welfare state that had fostered such resentment.

He abolished as many parts of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty as he could, and made a show of his resistance to mandatory school desegregation plans such as busing.

However, some of Nixon’s domestic policies sound remarkably liberal even today.

#9

Harrison Ford In The Late 70s

Harrison Ford In The Late 70s

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Sandra Libertad
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2 months ago

What a handsome man!! One of my first childhood crush ❤️

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#10

David Bowie In Paris, 1977 (By Christian Simonpietri)

David Bowie In Paris, 1977 (By Christian Simonpietri)

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LEGOPernille
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2 months ago

So beautiful and mysterious...

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#11

Meryl Streep In New York, 1979

Meryl Streep In New York, 1979

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Esha
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2 months ago

She looks so happy =)

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For example, he proposed a Family Assistance Plan that would have guaranteed every American family an income of $1,600 a year (about $10,000 in today's money), and he urged Congress to pass a Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan that would have guaranteed affordable health care to all Americans.

In general, though, Nixon’s policies favored the interests of the middle class people who felt slighted by the Great Society of the 1960s.

#12

Lynda Carter As Wonder Woman 1975

Lynda Carter As Wonder Woman 1975

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Kat O.
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2 months ago

She was my hero when I was a little girl!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Recreating The Iconic Shower Scene From The Movie “Psycho” (1960) That Starred Her Mother, Janet Leigh

Jamie Lee Curtis Recreating The Iconic Shower Scene From The Movie “Psycho” (1960) That Starred Her Mother, Janet Leigh

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Suzanne Tilson
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2 months ago

Family tradition now

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Freddie Mercury Of Queen Wearing A Crown Backstage At Slane Castle, Ireland, 1986 (Photographed By Denis O’regan)

Freddie Mercury Of Queen Wearing A Crown Backstage At Slane Castle, Ireland, 1986 (Photographed By Denis O’regan)

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

I see Freddie, I upvote

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Lisa & Louise Burns, Aka The Grady Twins From The Shining (1980), Posing In Their Costumes Outside The Wardrobe Department On Set

Lisa & Louise Burns, Aka The Grady Twins From The Shining (1980), Posing In Their Costumes Outside The Wardrobe Department On Set

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Turnip and a Frog
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2 months ago

Still the vibe, though

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As the 1970s carried on, some of these people helped shape a new political movement known as the 'New Right.'

This movement, rooted in the suburban Sun Belt, celebrated the free market and lamented the decline of "traditional" social values and roles, resisting what they saw as government meddling.

For instance, they fought against high taxes, environmental regulations, highway speed limits, national park policies in the West (the so-called “Sagebrush Rebellion”), and affirmative action and school desegregation plans. 

#16

Behind The Scenes From “Jaws” (1975)

Behind The Scenes From “Jaws” (1975)

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Toolkit
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2 months ago

Just kidding around in a shark mouth. No big deal.

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Helen Mirren, 1970s

Helen Mirren, 1970s

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Sabse
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2 months ago

And still stunning.

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A Wedding Party In Harlem, New York City, 1983 (By Thomas Hoepker)

A Wedding Party In Harlem, New York City, 1983 (By Thomas Hoepker)

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Suzanne Tilson
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2 months ago

That's one fine wedding party ☺️😉

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Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants In The 70s

Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants In The 70s

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TotallyNotAFox
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2 months ago

Those look like outfits from a 70's Sci-Fi movie or show

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But during the 1970s, many Americans continued to fight for expanded social and political rights. In 1972, after years of feminist campaigns, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution, which says: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

At first, it seemed that the Amendment would pass easily as 22 of the necessary 38 states ratified it right away. The remaining states seemed close behind, however, the ERA alarmed many conservative activists, who feared that it would undermine traditional gender roles. So these activists mobilized against the Amendment and managed to defeat it—in 1977, Indiana became the 35th–and last–state to ratify the ERA.

Such disappointments encouraged many activists to turn away from politics. They began to build feminist communities and organizations of their own: art galleries and bookstores, consciousness-raising groups, daycare and women’s health collectives (such as the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, which published “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in 1973), and abortion clinics.

#20

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

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Suzanne Tilson
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2 months ago

Still fine as ever. Keep slaying darling

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#21

Young Princess Diana, 1970s

Young Princess Diana, 1970s

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Toolkit
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2 months ago

She's princess Diana?! Unrecognizable... but like always so awesome ♥

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New York City, 1975 (By Joel Meyerowitz)

New York City, 1975 (By Joel Meyerowitz)

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I Drink Your Milkshake!
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2 months ago

Congratulations Sir, you have won the 70s!

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#23

Paul, Mary, & Heather Mccartney In Scotland, 1970 (Photographed By Linda Mccartney)

Paul, Mary, & Heather Mccartney In Scotland, 1970 (Photographed By Linda Mccartney)

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Irishwoman abroad
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2 months ago

Now those are more like the everyday clothes people wore! What a nice, happy photo of Paul.

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Fashion in the 1970s was a reflection of social life, and focused heavily on individuality. In fact, it was so varied and experimental that Vogue famously proclaimed, "There are no rules in the fashion game now."

From flares and bell sleeves to shearling coats and miniskirts, the era gave birth to an eclectic style that also helped the rise of disco.

#24

Robin Williams, 1977

Robin Williams, 1977

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Terri Johnson
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2 months ago

Such a brilliant comedian, Robin is greatly missed.

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#25

Liza Minnelli And Carrie Fisher At Studio 54 In New York (1970s)

Liza Minnelli And Carrie Fisher At Studio 54 In New York (1970s)

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Kate Micheals
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2 months ago

Carrie must have been massively underage at this point.

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Cher, 1973

Cher, 1973

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BoredBirb
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2 months ago

Gorgeous horse!

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#27

Susan Sarandon In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Susan Sarandon In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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October
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2 months ago

Let's do the timewarp

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#28

Ellen O’Neal Skateboarding In The 1970s

Ellen O’Neal Skateboarding In The 1970s

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Cheesenacho
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2 months ago

THAT is hard to do!

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Anjelica Huston Modeling At Halston's Fall Ready-To-Wear Collection In 1972

Anjelica Huston Modeling At Halston's Fall Ready-To-Wear Collection In 1972

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Mimi La Souris
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2 months ago

and rockin' it

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#30

Abba, 1974 (By Wolfgang Heilemann)

Abba, 1974 (By Wolfgang Heilemann)

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Debbie Barnes
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2 months ago

Love ABBA and their outfits.. :)

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#31

David Bowie And Elizabeth Taylor In 1975 (By Terry O’neill)

David Bowie And Elizabeth Taylor In 1975 (By Terry O’neill)

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Debbie Barnes
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2 months ago

I love this photo and never knew that Elizabeth Taylor had met Bowie, never mind had a photo took together... Love this! :)

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#32

Lombard Street In San Francisco, California, 1975

Lombard Street In San Francisco, California, 1975

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Charlie grace
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2 months ago

Looks like it should be a pedestrian only path...what a slalom course!

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#33

High School Fashion, 1969 (By Arthur Schatz)

High School Fashion, 1969 (By Arthur Schatz)

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2 months ago

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#34

Jessica Lange, 1970s

Jessica Lange, 1970s

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

She was incredibly talented, but I think was handled all wrong by her agent. Then again, that always was—-and often still is—-the case for women in that industry.

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#35

Jamie Lee Curtis At Home With Her Mother, Janet Leigh, In 1978

Jamie Lee Curtis At Home With Her Mother, Janet Leigh, In 1978

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

To me, she always looked more like her father, and somewhat like her mother.

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#36

“A Day Without Lesbians Is Like A Day Without Sunshine.” Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, 1979

“A Day Without Lesbians Is Like A Day Without Sunshine.” Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, 1979

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Turnip and a Frog
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2 months ago

Vitamin L, the right way to self-medicate

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#37

Billie Perkins, Jodie Foster, & Robert De Niro On The Set Of Taxi Driver In 1975

Billie Perkins, Jodie Foster, & Robert De Niro On The Set Of Taxi Driver In 1975

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Charlie grace
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2 months ago

Love the outfits

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#38

Elton John Posing After Having A Star Dedicated To Him On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, 1975 (By Jeff Robbins)

Elton John Posing After Having A Star Dedicated To Him On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, 1975 (By Jeff Robbins)

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KitKat
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2 months ago

🎶 Because I live and breathe This Philadelphia freedom 🎵

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#39

Kate Bush Dressed As A Bat, 1978

Kate Bush Dressed As A Bat, 1978

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Mayra
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2 months ago

44 years later she saved Max…or is it 8 years 🤔

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#40

Bill Clinton & Hillary Rodham At Yale Law School In New Haven, Ct In 1971

Bill Clinton & Hillary Rodham At Yale Law School In New Haven, Ct In 1971

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Nicola Roberts
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2 months ago

This feels like I'm looking a picture of my parents. In other words it's hard to believe they were ever that young.

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A Woman At A Rolling Stones Concert In Hyde Park, London, 1969 (Photo By Ian Harris)

A Woman At A Rolling Stones Concert In Hyde Park, London, 1969 (Photo By Ian Harris)

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GoodWolf
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2 months ago

Ha! I have the same hat. I wear it when i'm gardening 😎

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#42

Dolly Parton Performing At Wbap's Country Gold Anniversary Event In Texas, 1974

Dolly Parton Performing At Wbap's Country Gold Anniversary Event In Texas, 1974

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cogadh
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2 months ago

Who had more rhinestone outfits in the 70's, Dolly or Elvis?

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#43

Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta At The Grease Premiere Party, 1978 (By Brad Elterman)

Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta At The Grease Premiere Party, 1978 (By Brad Elterman)

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Petra Moon
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2 months ago

They look nervous..

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#44

Woman Covering Her Husband’s Eyes At Sight Of Young Woman Taking Off Her Top On The Beach In France, 1974

Woman Covering Her Husband’s Eyes At Sight Of Young Woman Taking Off Her Top On The Beach In France, 1974

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Fred Van Der Zee
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2 months ago

"Boredpanda Covering Their Readers' Eyes At Sight Of Photo of Young Woman Taking Off Her Top On The Beach In France, 2022"

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#45

“Women Enjoy The Benefits Of A Heated Whirlpool In Saint Petersburg, Florida, 1973.” (Photographed By Jonathan Blair For National Geographic)

“Women Enjoy The Benefits Of A Heated Whirlpool In Saint Petersburg, Florida, 1973.” (Photographed By Jonathan Blair For National Geographic)

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Mayra
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2 months ago

That statue looks like it’s spearfishing them 😳

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#46

VW Beetles On A New York Port Authority Parking Lot, 1973 (Photo By Jp Laffont)

VW Beetles On A New York Port Authority Parking Lot, 1973 (Photo By Jp Laffont)

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I Drink Your Milkshake!
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2 months ago

World’s most painful game of “Punch Buggy”!

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#47

Audrey Hepburn At Her Rented Beach House In Tuscany, 1972 (Luca Dotti)

Audrey Hepburn At Her Rented Beach House In Tuscany, 1972 (Luca Dotti)

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2econdSelf
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2 months ago

It's a Seinfeld reference.

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#48

The Crowd At A LED Zeppelin Concert In Oakland, California, 1977 (By Kevin C. Goff)

The Crowd At A LED Zeppelin Concert In Oakland, California, 1977 (By Kevin C. Goff)

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Lee Macro
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2 months ago

Where's Wally/Waldo

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#49

Some Of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Pictures From The 70s 80s

Some Of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Pictures From The 70s 80s

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Fembot
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2 months ago

Bananas for scale?

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Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here” Album Cover Outtakes, 1975

Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here” Album Cover Outtakes, 1975

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I Drink Your Milkshake!
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2 months ago

“Takethephoto, takethephoto, takethephoto!!!”

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