1970s – Design You Trust

Scary Photos of a Young Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist”, 1973

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When The Exorcist was released in 1973, Linda Blair was just 14 years old. Though the film generated a considerable amount of controversy, the young actress blew audiences away with her haunting performance as possessed preteen Regan MacNeil. Continue reading »

Cars of New York City: Snapshots from The 1970s and Early 1980s

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About 13 years ago, Andy Blair decided to send off batches of these hidden gems for digitizing. Once in the digital domain, he spent months enhancing the images taken so long ago. “Talk about a labor of love!”, he says. A friend mentioned Flickr to Andy and after checking it out, he tentatively decided to start uploading. Continue reading »

Andy Blair Captured Fabulous Photos of Vintage Jersey City c. 1970s

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These fabulous photographs are from Andy Blair’s Flickr site (previously featured). He’s taken us back to 1970s New York before, but now we’re focusing on Jersey City. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos Show What Teens Wore in the 1970s

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Fashion in the 1970s was about individuality. Common items included mini skirts, bell-bottoms popularized by hippies, vintage clothing from the 1950s and earlier, and the androgynous glam rock and disco styles that introduced platform shoes, bright colors, glitter, and satin. Continue reading »

Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA Looking Groovy in a Pink Heart Jumpsuit in the 1970s

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Some vintage photos of Agnetha Fältskog wearing, according to the press, “a sexy, pink jumpsuit with a heart shaped opening on her belly. When she wore it the temperature of the male audience rose…” Continue reading »

Inside a Porsche Factory From the Early 1970s

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The body of the Porsche 356 was manually manufactured at the Reutter bodywork. The car body cover itself was attached to the chassis frame welded to several parts. The joints were filled with soft foam (which was a very tedious and time-consuming process) and then sanded. In 1965, the production of the Porsche 356 finished. At the end, they were already making 25 body-pieces a day. Continue reading »

Dreaming of Tomorrow At Alberta Vocational Schools, 1970

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In 1970, Alberta vocational schools busied itself with training Canadian workers.To promote education and its schools, the Alberta Public Affairs Bureau took these pictures. Continue reading »

Deep Purple “Fireball” Cover Photo Session, 1971

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Fireball is the fifth album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1971. It was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971. It became the first of the band’s three UK No. 1 albums, though it did not stay on the charts as long as its predecessor, Deep Purple in Rock. Even though the album has sold over a million copies in the UK, it has never received a certification there. Continue reading »

This Instagram Account Shares Pictures From The ’60s and ’70s, Shows Why It Was An Era Like No Other

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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. Continue reading »

Intimate Vintage Portraits Documented the Lives of Irish Travellers Outside Dublin in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s

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When Alen Macweeney returned to his native Ireland in the 1960s, after working as Richard Avedon’s assistant, he first intended to do a photo essay about W.B. Yeats. His research led him to cover another quintessentially Irish subject, one up to then neglected in photojournalism and Irish society in general. Continue reading »

Meet the 1970 AMC Gremlin, America’s First Subcompact Car

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The AMC Gremlin is a subcompact car that was made by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) for nine model years. During its manufacturing run from April 1970 through 1978, a total of 671,475 Gremlins were built in the United States and Canada.

The Gremlin was described at its introduction as the first domestic-built American subcompact car. Continue reading »

Wonderful Photos of London’s Tube Riders From the 1960s to 1980s

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For more than four decades, photographer Bob Mazzer has been taking pictures on the London Underground. Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Photos of Woody Station Wagons From the 1960s and 1970s

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The iconic American woody (or woodie) wagon dates back to the very beginning of automobile manufacture when car frames were originally made of timber. As metal took over and timber content diminished throughout the 1920s, certain models stubbornly refused to go all-metal. Continue reading »

In the 1970s, American Luxury Cars Were Bursting With Velour and Velvet

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The 1970s were an awkward time for America—in fashion, in hair styles, and yes, even in car interiors. In the 1970s, velour and velvet were popular because it fit into the idea of what was luxurious at the time. Continue reading »

The RoAcH CoAcH: How the Designer Imagined the Cars of The Future from The 1970s

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The RoAcH CoAcH, originally built by RoAcH, Inc in the 70′s is alive and well and living in Dayton, OH. The brainchild of RoAcH, Inc., the custom show car was designed by Ed Newton and built by Dan Woods, Don Boeke, and a band of merry men. The car was a ISC show-car for years. Continue reading »

An Infatuated Photographer’s Pictures of Amsterdam’s People in the 1960s and 70s

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Eduard van der Elsken (10 March 1925 – 28 December 1990) was a Dutch photographer and filmmaker. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos Show Fashion Styles of Cheryl Ladd in the 1970s

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Born 1951 in Huron, South Dakota, American actress and singer Cheryl Ladd originally came to Hollywood to begin a career in music (she was known as “Cherie Moor” when she was the singing voice of Melody on Hanna-Barbera’s Josie and the Pussycats animated series, and she also sang on the 1970 album of the same name). Continue reading »

Fabulous Photos of Ewa Aulin in the 1960s and ’70s

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Born 1950 in Landskrona, Swedish actress Ewa Aulin won the title of Miss Teen Sweden in 1965 at age 15, and earned the title of Miss Teen International 1966. In 1967, at age 16, she made her feature-film debut with a supporting role in the comedy Don Giovanni in Sicilia (Don Juan in Sicily), based on the novel by Vitaliano Brancati. Continue reading »

Portrait Photos Defined Hairstyles of American Young Men in the 1970s

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Men’s hair was rocked long until the mid-1970s when everything changed following the hippie lifestyle. As opposed to the shaggy haircuts of the ’60s, most ’70s men’s haircuts were styled with soft and long layers. Continue reading »

Stunning Pictures of North Korea Industries in 1972

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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. Continue reading »

Pictures of Fascinating Jacuzzi Hot Tubs From the 1970s and 1980s

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If you weren’t burning up the disco dance floor during the 1970s, chances are you could be found steaming things up in a Jacuzzi. These hot tubs were a relaxing and soothing place that became a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their swanky, sexy living space. Jacuzzis seemed to fit right in with the hipness of shag rugs, and the laid-back appeal of wood paneling. Owning a Jacuzzi meant that you would never again have to settle for an ordinary, run-of-the-mill bath. Instead, take the plunge into a Jacuzzi, and you could take bathing to a whole new level. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photographs Capture Chicago Night Clubs’ Scene From the Mid-1970s

Between 1975 and 1977, sometimes five nights a week, photographer Michael Abramson traveled from his northern Chicago suburb to the South Side, rambling from nighttime hotspots like Perv’s House and the Five Fingers Social Club to the High Chaparral and the New Jazz Showcase Lounge. Continue reading »

Stunning Photos of Betty Davis and Her Bold, Funky Style in the Late 1960s and ’70s

Born 1945 in Durham, North Carolina, American funk and soul singer Betty Davis recorded “Get Ready For Betty” b/w “I’m Gonna Get My Baby Back” in 1964 for DCP International. Sometime in that same era, she also recorded a duet with Roy Arlington and under their joint name “Roy and Betty,” released a single for Safice entitled, “I’ll Be There.” Continue reading »

Bowie Fans Outside a David Bowie Concert, Including a Young Sid Vicious, at Earls Court, London, 1973

Following UK dates at the start of the year, The David Bowie Tour 1973 revisited the USA in February and Japan for the first time in April. Continue reading »

Stunning Snapshots of America in Crisis in the 1970s

By the late 1960s, the American landscape was ravaged by decades of unchecked land development, blighted by urban decay in the big cities, and plagued by seemingly unstoppable air, noise, and water pollution.

In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a monumental photodocumentary project to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” in the United States. The collection, now at the National Archives, resulted in a collection of more than 20,000 photographs by its conclusion in 1978.

Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over a home located across the Kanawha River, near Poca, West Virginia, August 1973. (Harry Schaefer)

With support from the first EPA administrator, William Ruckelshaus, project director Gifford D. Hampshire contracted well-known photographers to work for the EPA on the project. Estimates of the number involved range between 70 and 120, and they were organized geographically, with each photographer working in a particular area in which they were already active. Continue reading »