1970s

Vintage: Britain during the 1970s by Homer Sykes

Vintage: Britain during the 1970s by Homer Sykes

Homer Sykes (born 1949) is a Canadian-born British photographer. He was a keen photographer as a teenager, with a darkroom both at home and at boarding school. In 1968 he started a three-year course at the London College of Printing. While wondering about a new photographic project, Sykes serendipitously came across a story on the Britannia Coconut Dancers in an…
Vintage: Life of California (1970s) by Mimi Plumb

Vintage: Life of California (1970s) by Mimi Plumb

Over the years, Mimi Plumb has explored a wide range of subjects, from her suburban roots to the United Farmworkers as they organized for union elections in the fields, to a recurring theme of photographing women and girls. Her current project, The Girls, is a contemporary nod to the girl she was, and the girls she knew, growing up in…
The Teds (Teddy Boy culture) in 1970s England by Chris Steele-Perkins

The Teds (Teddy Boy culture) in 1970s England by Chris Steele-Perkins

Teddy Boy culture developed in the London of the 1950’s. This new alchemy of teen culture fused Edwardian fashion, rock ‘n’ roll, drinking, dancing and, at times, collective violence into an original youth subculture. And like everything in Britain, social stratification and class played their customary roles. The Teds, for their part, were decidedly working class.
Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972)

Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972)

In June 1972, The Toronto Star’s veteran Asia correspondent Mark Gayn was one of four reporters allowed into North Korea. The trip yielded four lengthy feature stories, published in The Star in July 1972, where Gayn detailed the country’s political landscape, then dominated by Kim Il Sung, and its people. These photos are among the many Gayn took of his…
New wave music at CBGB in New York in 1976-78

New wave music at CBGB in New York in 1976-78

CBGB was a music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal at 315 Bowery, intersecting Bleecker Street, in the East Village. The letters CBGB were for country, bluegrass, and blues, Kristal’s original vision. Yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,…
Vintage photos of Rolling Stones Fans by Joseph Szabo (1978)

Vintage photos of Rolling Stones Fans by Joseph Szabo (1978)

In 1978 two of Joseph Szabo’s high school students invited him to join them at a Rolling Stones concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Sensing a promising photo opportunity, Szabo agreed, packing three 35mm cameras and plenty of black-and-white film. Some 90,000 Rolling Stones fans converged on the stadium for the concert, where Szabo captured them drinking, kissing, smoking, dancing…
Vintage: Portraits of Dolly Parton (1970s)

Vintage: Portraits of Dolly Parton (1970s)

Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the Cas Walker[4] radio show, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. From 1974 to 1980, she consistently charted in the country Top 10, with eight…
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,…
Behind The Scenes: Roman Polanski

Behind The Scenes: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few “truly international filmmakers.” His most famous films are: Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), Pirates (1986), The Pianist (2002).
Palms-Culver City gasoline pipeline explosion (1976)

Palms-Culver City gasoline pipeline explosion (1976)

A wall of fire, touched off when an underground gasoline line was ruptured by workmen, roared through a block of Venice Blvd. in the Palms-Culver City area Wednesday, destroying businesses and apartments and leaving at least two dead and 26 injured. Stores and a half dozen automobiles were engulfed by the flames spewing from the high-pressure gasoline line. The entire…
Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)

Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)

A helicopter searchlight illuminates wreckage in Los Angeles Harbor after an explosion aboard the oil tanker Sansinena. The nighttime blast split the 810-foot vessel in two and rocked the coastline, shattering windows in Costa Mesa 21 miles away. Six crewmen died and more than 50 people were injured. Two crewmen and a dock security guard remain missing. via LA Times
New York City in the 70s

New York City in the 70s

Since the 1970s and 1980s, photographer Arlene Gottfried has captured the beastly city of New York in all its glory, from the muscle men of Brighton Beach to the sartorialists of Coney Island and the glam rockers of Madison Square Garden.
Street Scenes in New York City in the 1970s

Street Scenes in New York City in the 1970s

Forget the disco era, the 1970s in New York City was all about danger. With pimps and prostitutes populating the streets, an economic collapse and a crime-filled subway system, the streets of Manhattan were gritty and dark. Check out photographer Leland Bobbe’s shots of New York during a period when it hit an all-time low. Via NY Daily News