1960s

Vintage: Pre-oil era in Dubai (1960s)

Vintage: Pre-oil era in Dubai (1960s)

After years of exploration following large finds in neighbouring Abu Dhabi, oil was eventually discovered in territorial waters off Dubai in 1966, albeit in far smaller quantities. The first field was named ‘Fateh’ or ‘good fortune’. This led the emirate to grant concessions to international oil companies, thus leading to a massive influx of foreign workers, mainly Asians and Middle…
Vintage: Barcelona in 1960s by Colita

Vintage: Barcelona in 1960s by Colita

Colita (born Isabel Steva in Barcelona in 1940) is one of the most important Catalan and Spanish photographers of the last quarter of the twentieth century. From 1963 to 1975 she focused on creating a series of portraits of Flamenco dancers and singers. Since she is linked with the Catalan cultural movements of the era, she is considered the official…
Vintage: PCC Streetcars in Toronto (1960s)

Vintage: PCC Streetcars in Toronto (1960s)

The Presidents’ Conference Committee Car was a streetcar used by the Toronto Transportation Commission and the Toronto Transit Commission. The PCC streetcar was designed by the Presidents’ Conference Committee, a group of transit operators in the United States and Canada. The TTC version was built in Montreal, Quebec by Canadian Car & Foundry under license from the St. Louis Car…
Vintage: Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1965 by Bill Ray

Vintage: Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1965 by Bill Ray

The Hells Angels are often depicted in semi-mythical romantic fashion like the 19th-century James–Younger Gang: free-spirited, iconic, bound by brotherhood and loyalty. At other times, such as in the 1966 Roger Corman film The Wild Angels, they are depicted as violent and nihilistic, little more than a violent criminal gang and a scourge on society. The club became prominent within,…
Vintage: Liza Minnelli as a Teenager in 1965 by Bill Eppridge

Vintage: Liza Minnelli as a Teenager in 1965 by Bill Eppridge

In March 1965, when LIFE photographer Bill Eppridge spent time on assignment with Judy Garland’s enormously talented daughter, Liza Minnelli was just turning 19 and launching what would prove to be a monumental career of her own. In fact, she was about to debut on Broadway in Flora the Red Menace, in a role that would make her, at the…
Vintage: Led Zeppelin from Their Early Days (1960s/1970s)

Vintage: Led Zeppelin from Their Early Days (1960s/1970s)

In 1966, London-based session guitarist Jimmy Page joined the blues-influenced rock band the Yardbirds to replace bassist Paul Samwell-Smith. Page soon switched from bass to lead guitar, creating a dual lead guitar line-up with Jeff Beck. Following Beck’s departure in October 1966, the Yardbirds, tired from constant touring and recording, began to wind down. Page wanted to form a supergroup…
Vintage: Constructing the Berlin Wall (1961)

Vintage: Constructing the Berlin Wall (1961)

The 140-kilometer Berlin Wall was in fact two barriers. The first was constructed rapidly in August 1961. The second, parallel barrier, 100 meters into the Eastern zone, was erected in June 1962. The area in between the two barriers was known as the Death Strip. The wall was initially constructed as a wire fence. By its demise in 1989, it…
Vintage: New York City Fashion (1960s)

Vintage: New York City Fashion (1960s)

Between 1942 and the 1990s the “Press Week” runway shows were held all over town, in lofts and studios. Shows were difficult for editors to get to, and in some cases, venues were downright dangerous. Take a look back in time with these fashion trends from the 1960s… via NY Daily News
Vintage: B&W photos of Life in China (1965)

Vintage: B&W photos of Life in China (1965)

This collection of photographs were taken during Mark Gayn’s trip to China in 1965, and include images of factories, farms, protests, and political happenings. Mark Gayn was a Canadian journalist born near the Manchurian-Mongolian border on April 21, 1909. Over the 5 decade span of his career, he contributed articles to such publications as the Toronto Daily Star, the New…
New York City mid-air plane crash (Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1960)

New York City mid-air plane crash (Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1960)

On Friday, December 16, 1960, United Airlines Flight 826, a DC-8 bound for Idlewild Airport in New York City (now John F. Kennedy International Airport), collided with TWA Flight 266, a Super Constellation descending into LaGuardia Airport. One plane crashed on Staten Island and the other one into Park Slope, Brooklyn, killing all 128 people on both aircraft and 6…
Vintage photos of fashion icon Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1962)

Vintage photos of fashion icon Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1962)

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: At the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit.…
Funny Faces of Celebrities by Willy Rizzo (1960s)

Funny Faces of Celebrities by Willy Rizzo (1960s)

Willy Rizzo started his career in Paris where he photographed stars and starlets for ‘Ciné Mondial’, ‘Point de vue’ and ‘Image du monde’. He would even covered the Trial of Nuremberg and established himself with big news reports, notably in Tunisia on the ‘line Mareth’. This set of portraits was taken in his Studio Willy Rizzo in Paris in 1966.
Everyday Life in Italy by Gianni Berengo Gardin (1960s)

Everyday Life in Italy by Gianni Berengo Gardin (1960s)

Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin turned professional in 1962 and two years later moved to Milan. From 1966 to 1983 worked with Touring Club Italiano, providing much or all of the photography for books about regions of Italy and other European countries or their cities. Here is a collection of his work from Italy.
Vintage: Beatlemania (1960s)

Vintage: Beatlemania (1960s)

Beatlemania is a term that originated during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward British rock band the Beatles during the early years of their success. The phenomenon began in 1963 and continued past the band’s breakup in 1970. The band stopped performing live in 1966, as the screaming fans made it impossible to put on a…
Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)

Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)

The Kim Sisters was a South Korean female trio who made their career in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. They were the two sisters Sue (Sook-ja)and Aija (Ai-ja) and a third member, cousin Mia (Minja) Kim. Sue and Aija were two of seven children of Kim Hae-song, a popular music conductor, and Lee Nan-young, one of Korea’s…
Vintage: Celebrities by paparazzi Elio Sorci (1950s and 60s)

Vintage: Celebrities by paparazzi Elio Sorci (1950s and 60s)

Elio Sorci, like many of the paparazzi, found his professional path by chance rather than design. Indeed it might be rightly posited that it was precisely their lack of formal training, their lack of self-consciousness towards the medium, the absence of all those aesthetic and ethical anxieties that can inhibit spontaneity, that cast them so perfectly in the role of…
Vintage Playboy Bunny Costumes (1960s and 70s)

Vintage Playboy Bunny Costumes (1960s and 70s)

A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at the Playboy Club. The Playboy Clubs were originally open from 1960 to 1988. The Club re-opened a location The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas from 2006 to 2012. Bunnies wore a costume called a “bunny suit” inspired by the tuxedo-wearing Playboy rabbit mascot, consisting of a strapless corset teddy, bunny ears, black pantyhose,…