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20+ Vintage Photos That Will Transport You To A Groovy Place

Published 9 months ago on June 21, 2019
By Hugo

In an age of social media and camera phones, navigating the world of celebrity has never been harder for today's stars. We first saw this when Britney Spears was driven to near-insanity by shaving off her hair and having a very public meltdown because of online gossip rags. And that was before social media was even invented.

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But whether you were a celebrity or just a hippie getting high on the shores of Cali, in the latter half of the 20th century having fun was the name of the game. Yes, the post-war period spawned a lifestyle that was unheard and it wasn't long before the consumer boom of the 1950s and the sexual liberation movement of the 60s created a whole new way of life.

With that said, here are 20 great vintage photos from the past that will take you back to a much groovier period!

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1. Two models pose at the 1955 launch of the Lincoln Futura 

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The Lincoln Futura was one of the most groundbreaking car designs of its time when showcased at a 1955 expo. The concept car was designed by Bill Schmidt and John Najjar, before being fine-tuned and hand-built by Ghia in Turin, Italy.

The total production cost of this model was around $250,000 (equivalent to $2,300,000 in today's money). Whilst the model never became a mainstay fixture on American roads, it was selected as the Batmobile in the 1966 Batman movie.

2. Cybill Shepherd poses for a photoshoot

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Think of starlets and the first names that spring to mind is your Marilyn Monroes, Sofia Lorens and Brigitte Bardots of this world. However, Cybill Sheperd's stock has only risen over the years, and she, too, has also become an icon, and with photos like these, it isn't hard to see why.

A true beauty. 

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3. George Harrison meats the Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley, 1975

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Two legends meet for the first time in this uber-vintage photo of The Beatles' George Harrison and Jamaican artist Bob Marley. Taken in 1975, the photo was captured backstage in Hammersmith, London after a concert.

Recalling the star-studded meeting, Patti Boyd revealed to Ron Wood on his podcast that Marley didn't speak much, and that his room was filled with smoke! What a legend.

4. American photographer LeRoy Grannis captures surf culture at Hermosa Beach

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The New York Times described LeRoy "Granny" Grannis as "the godfather of surfphotography" with his vast portfolio reflective of the surfing boom that overtook many American coastal towns in the 60s and 70s. 

In this picture, Grannis returned to his sun-kissed hometown of Hermosa Beach, California to capture the relaxed, feel-good way of life that Grannis always loved.

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