We all like to see glimpses into forgotten periods of history, and to imagine for ourselves what it may have been like during certain golden eras of time. Thanks to the magic of photography, we still have images and snapshots of some of the most ionic moments of the past—and through history lessons and memories, there is always so much for us to learn.
But once in a while you see a photo from the past that can truly shock and surprise you—as it just doesn’t make sense in today’s world. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing photos from the past that you would never see today.
Bathing Suit Cop, 1922
We can’t even imagine what we are seeing here in this pic, happening on the beach today in modern times. As we know, these days people are free to do and wear whatever they like, with no one policing standards of dress or modesty regulations.
But in 1922, a man called Bill Norton was known to many as the “Bathing Beach Cop”, as he would go around measuring the distance between women’s knees and the bottom of their bathing suits. Can you imagine someone checking this now? They would need extremely long tape measures!
Billy Rose’s “Aquabelles”, 1939
Theatrical showman Billy Rose was a famous staple of the New York entertainment scene for decades spanning across World War II and in 1939, he staged one of his most popular and famous shows of all, a fashion parade featuring his “Aquabelles”.
Here we can see the Aquabelles showing off bathing suits from the past and present—as well as modeling styles they project for the future! Isn’t it crazy to see what they predicted the styles of today would look like—they weren’t far off, were they?
Mount Rushmore, 1935
The faces of Mount Rushmore are some of the most famous and iconic sights in American history, and we have all seen them either face to face or in pictures. But not many people have seen the legendary sculpture up close and personal in the way that these two fellows have, being the sculptors themselves, Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln.
Aboard the Mount Rushmore tramway, the two men get an incredibly close look at the cliffside sculpture as it begins to take shape. A great view for them—and an iconic photo for us.
Giant Checkers Board, 1930
What an iconic pic we have here. Featured in this photo are classic stars from the 1930s, Charles Ray and Lillian Bond. Charles Ray was known for his starring roles in a string of hit movies, whereas Lillian Bond made her name on the musical comedy circuit.
Here they are playing checkers on a giant outdoor board atop the Hotel Governor Clinton. And if that wasn’t enough, the game is being refereed by renowned composer Ted Barorn! Talk about rubbing shoulders with the elite!
Pierino Gamba, 1940s
This may look like a game or a photo of a child merely playing along at being a sort of conductor while in front of a classical orchestra, but that’s not the case. Because this is in fact Pierino Gamba, who was famous in the 1940s as a child prodigy in the world of music.
Before he was even 10 years old, Gamba was conducting orchestras, and he went on to become one of the most famous conductors in the world. Here he is at some point in the 1940s, conducting a powerful musical moment despite his tiny stature.
Penny Edwards Wearing a Barrel, 1945
This iconic picture shows Broadway stage star Penny Edwards walking down a New York City street wearing nothing but a barrel!
The barrel has a sign on it reading, “I did my bit, did you?” What Edwards had done was donate the clothes she was wearing to the United National Clothing Drive, collecting clothes for the war destitute of Europe.
Along with Edwards, many stars and showbiz greats contributed to this brilliant effort. What a feat of both fashion and kindness!
Macy’s Day Parade, 1931
The Macy’s Day Parade has become one of the best known and most loved traditions associated with Thanksgiving. Can you imagine the holiday without it?! But just look at this picture from all the way back in 1931, when the tradition had been running for less than 10 years.
The pomp and ceremony seen in this photo is just amazing, and even though the Parade is still a feast for the eyes, nothing can quite capture the magic of these early days of the tradition.
André Courrèges Fashion Models, 1965
Here we have a selection of models showcasing some of the iconic fashions and styles from the chicest decade of all time, the swinging sixties.
Fashion designer André Courrèges created these leather skirts, shaped like barrels and held up by bold suspenders. Coupled with another stylistic feature of the era, the cowl-necked blouse, these looks defined the revolutionary vibe of the decade and continue to influence fashion to this day.
The bold lines and styles are so evocative of the sixties, it reminds us of the original meaning of chic.
Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastian, 1929
Though we truly adore the showbiz stars of today, there’s no denying that the Hollywood Golden Age was a true era of brilliance, glitz and glamor that we can never hope to reach those same levels again. And here we have a photo from all the way back in 1929, of Hollywood legends Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastian, posing alongside a portable phonograph.
What could possibly capture the dreamy moments of that legendary time more than a photo of these two stars and a long-forgotten piece of musical equipment? Truly a taste of times gone by.
Salma Hayek takes a dip in blue bikini while yachting in Mexico with family
Salma Hayek enjoyed a splash in the sea while vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico, with billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault and some of their children.
The 56-year-old actress showcased her curves in a striking blue-and-white printed bikini with gold accents and accessorized the look with a duo of necklaces, going makeup-free and letting her hair down for the fun-filled family outing.
Hayek has sent pulses racing all summer with her sexy snaps, whether she’s celebrating National Bikini Day, squeezing in a workout or boating around the world.
As for how she stays looking ageless, the star has said she forgoes Botox injections in favor of meditation and frequency machines to maintain her youthful appearance.
Hayek was seen enjoying her day out on a yacht, enjoying a dip and spending time with Pinault, whom she married in 2009.
The fashion mogul matched his wife in blue swim trunks, and Hayek later layered on a crochet-trimmed cover-up in the same shade.
The couple share daughter Valentina Pinault, 16, and the French businessman has three children from previous relationships: daughter Mathilde and son François, both from his marriage to Dorothée Lepère, and son Augustin, whom he shares with with model Linda Evangelista.
Evangelista recently joined her fellow OG supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell on the cover of Vogue’s September issue and shared a behind-the-scenes peek at her sweet relationship with Hayek.
“I was sick at Thanksgiving. And Salma got on the plane with her daughter, came here, and made Thanksgiving dinner,” Evangelista said. “She made a feast — a beautiful, beautiful meal. I had told her that I wasn’t going to have Thanksgiving; I wasn’t feeling well. And she said, ‘Oh yes you are: I am coming.’ And poof, she was here.”
From the kitchen to Los Cabos, it seems Hayek can do it all.
Salma Hayek, 57, reveals the secret to her fit bikini body — and it’s not exercise
Salma Hayek is spilling the secrets behind her fit physique.
The actress, 57, credited practicing meditation over intense exercise as the key to staying youthful in a new interview.
“I really believe it is. People say it’s exercising. I think it’s meditation,” she told “Entertainment Tonight.“
“You have to find your way. For me, exercising is hard,” she admitted. “It’s really, really difficult to have the discipline to do it. But meditation is a walk in the park, because it’s my own form of it.”
Hayek added that she practices the routine “every day” and takes the time to “sit in a moment with yourself.”
The “Frida” star previously gushed about the mindfulness technique on a July episode of Kelly Ripa’s SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Talk Off Camera.”
“When I don’t [meditate] for some time, guess what? Not only [does] the face starts to drop and everything starts to drop, [but also] my herniated disc, the problem in my neck, the problem in my hip, my ankles [comes back]. I start breaking down,” she said at the time.
Hayek explained that she has even gotten to the point of her meditation routine where she feels energy “dancing” through her body.
“Sometimes when I’m doing it, people tell me when I come out of the room, ‘Oh my God, you look 20 years old,’” she raved.
The Mexican-American beauty also divulged that she’s never gotten Botox and instead relies on “frequency machines” in addition to her meditation practices.
“The people that do the machines say that the results I get, they don’t get with other people,” she spilled.
Hayek has not been shy in showing off the results of her health and wellness routines and even recently shared a sultry snap in a red bikini for her 57th birthday.
‘Hot girl’ Billie Eilish reveals chest tattoo in rare bikini photo
Billie Eilish’s fans are happier than ever after seeing this sexy snap.
The “Bad Guy” songstress popped up in an Instagram post shared by pal Annabel Zimmer (daughter of famed composer Hans Zimmer) Saturday, soaking up the sun in a boldly printed Miaou bikini top and Versace shades.
The rare swimsuit pic also marks the first time Eilish, 21, has shown off her chest tattoo of her surname, which she once swore fans wouldn’t “ever see.”
In 2021, Rolling Stone reported Eilish had her last name inked “in an ornate, gothic font” the day after the 2020 Grammys, where she scooped up five awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.
“I have one here that says ‘Eilish.’ Yes, I love myself,” Eilish explained of the design during her annual Vanity Fair “Same Interview” video later that same year.
She has several other tattoos, including a few “guardian angel fairies” on her left wrist and hand — from “a little fairy book called ‘Fairyopolis,’” as Eilish told Vanity Fair — and a large dragon winding up her right thigh and hip, which she referred to as a “big boy” in the same video interview.
Although the “Ocean Eyes” hitmaker’s personal style has continued to evolve from baggy clothes to more feminine looks in recent years, she appeared shy about the revealing picture, as she reacted to the post with a see-no-evil monkey emoji.
However, her admirers didn’t hold back while dropping a series of thirsty remarks.
“You’re beautiful, I love you,” one person replied to Eilish’s comment, while another wrote, “my heart stopped cause of you.”
Other comments included, “life as a REAL REAL REALLLYYYY hot girl,” “Missgurl we’re not breathing” and “you look very sexy 🥵.”
Eilish’s bikini bombshell comes weeks after she fired back at the “f—king bozos” who have called her a “sellout” for embracing her femininity.
“I spent the first 5 years of my career getting absolutely OBLITERATED by you fools for being boy-ish and dressing how I did & constantly being told I’d be hotter if I acted like a woman,” she shared via her Instagram Stories in May.
“And now when I feel comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or fitting, I CHANGED and am a sellout.. and ‘what happened to her’ oMg iT’s nOt thE sAmE biLlie she’s just like the rest blah blah.”
She then told followers, “FUN FACT! Did you know that women are multifaceted!!!!!??? Shocking right?? Believe it or not, women can be interested in multiple things.”
The Oscar-winning musician has spoken candidly about her struggles to love and accept her body in the past.
“Going through my teenage years of hating myself and all that stupid s—t, a lot of it came from my anger toward my body, and how mad I was at how much pain it’s caused me, and how much I’ve lost because of things that happened to it,” Eilish told Vogue in January, referencing a hip injury that kept her from pursuing a dance career.
“I felt like my body was gaslighting me for years,” she added. “I had to go through a process of being like, my body is actually me. And it’s not out to get me.”