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.
Penny Lane, 1967
What a time to be alive! The Beatles’ song “Penny Lane” became an instant hit when it was first released in 1967, at the peak of the mega successful and globally adored rock band’s fame. The impact of their hit can be seen in this brilliant photo showing two girls unscrewing a road sign from the road itself, most likely to take home as a priceless souvenir.
Since the 1960s, the Penny Lane sign has been stolen so many times that the city started painting the road name on the wall instead, before eventually installing theft-proof signs in 2007.
Christian Dior Hat Show, 1963
The 1960s was truly an iconic decade in more ways than one. As well as the revolutionary “peace and love” way of living, there was also a huge amount of change and innovation in all types of creative outlets, from music and art to even the fashion world.
Here we can see iconic fashion designer Christian Dior’s new and innovative styles of hats, being showcased by models of the moment Oonagh Dunne, Nena Dubois, and Anne Milling. What we wouldn’t give to be a fly on that wall!
Alexandria, Egypt, 1953
This scene looks like a pretty idyllic holiday resort, and actually is. What is so unusual about this photo, showing a young woman relaxing on a vacation in Alexandria, Egypt?
The reason you would never see this photo today is because it was actually sent from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While a common sight at the time, these days the religious laws in Saudi strictly forbid women from revealing their bare legs, meaning an image like this would be considered totally unacceptable.
Stars on the Big Dipper, 1954
What a wild ride! Here we have classic musical theater superstars Elizabeth Larner and Shani Wallis, having the time of their lives as they zoom down the super speedy Big Dipper ride at Festival Gardens. Behind them you can also see fellow stars Sybil Summers and Gail Kennedy, also known for their work across the stage.
What we wouldn’t give to hear all of their dulcet tones crying out in excitement and joy as they plunge to the bottom of this ride!
Beach Beauties, 1924
This picture was taken around 1924 and brilliantly showcases the old school seaside fashions that were super popular in the U.S. at that time. Just look at those classic lines and gorgeous sophisticated styles shown off in this variety of what in those days was the epitome of high-fashion swimsuits.
You don’t see bathing suits like this really nowadays, except perhaps for athletic competitions or some sort of aqua-based sports training. We are not sure why—it really is a strong look!
Fashion Models, 1954
Look at this astonishing display of style! This looks like an artist’s sketch or a beautiful painting, but it is in fact a real life photo from 1954. This stunning shot features models of the moment—Marla Scarafia, Pat Goldsworthy, Ann Farrar, and June Hatfield—strutting down a street in New York City, looking impossibly stylish and cool.
Move over Carrie and pals, these gals had the Big Apple in the palm of their hands way before the advent of the TV series—and showed off a sense of style that no one has ever been able to capture since.
Beetle Pile-In, 1964
This may look like a random and somewhat silly pic, but it’s actually quite a popular thing for young people to try and pull off in front of the camera. In this photo we can see high school students attempting to squeeze themselves into a Volkswagen Beetle, seeing how many of them they can actually fit inside the vehicle.
Over the years, people have tried to emulate this spirit and pull off the same feat, but this photo remains one of the most amazing ever—as there are no less than 31 teenagers stuffed into this car!
John Glenn Returning From Space, 1962
John Glenn made history in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. He set off in the Friendship 7 mission, circling the Earth three times before making a stunning landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Here we can see members of the U.S. navy surrounding the waterborne aircraft, waiting for the famous astronaut to disembark the vessel. From the wilds of outer space to the ravages of the ocean—this photo is truly a glimpse into one of the most momentous and iconic moments of history.
Everyone knows that the Wimbledon tennis tournament is the epitome of British style and class. Is it the stereotypical poise, is it the stiff upper lip, is it the ever fresh strawberries and cream served at every event to this day? We are not sure, but probably the crisp white tennis fashions have something to do with it—a tradition that the tournament’s been rocking since the 60s.
Here we can see a truly iconic moment, during the pre-Wimbledon fashion show, some stunning models show off the impeccable style that’s now become a staple of tennis fashion.
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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.”