We’re laughing at these stock photos from the 1970s

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 20 August 2015

We get a good kick out of stock photos around here. And just a few months ago Vince Vaughn got in the stock photo action by supplying us with free-of-charge images for our own personal use. But sorry, Mr. Vaughn, you have met your stock photo match. 

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Back in the 70s, Continental Airlines had some groovy inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

Believe it or not, but back in the 1970s, air passengers weren’t spoiled with a huge assortment of video games to play while flying. In fact, Atari was just in its early days and arcade games weren’t nearly as highly developed as they are now. So to keep passengers occupied aboard Continental Airlines, passengers were treated to rather extravagant inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong.

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This photo shoot of a family living with a lion could only be from the 70’s

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Monday 20 October 2014

This brings a new meaning to ‘method acting’. Losing some weight for a role is one thing, but try sharing your house with a giant furry killing machine! In 1969 married acting couple Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall were in Africa when they encountered a pride of lions living in an abandoned house. They were moved by the majestic animals and resolved to create a film that advocated conservancy of the beautiful species.

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Beautiful interior design by Verner Panton

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By Eugenia Viti in New Design on Friday 25 October 2013

Working out of Denmark, Verner Panton designed some truly out of this world, trippy, beautiful furniture and room interiors. One of the 20th century’s most influential artists in the area of interior design, and using unreal colours, surfaces, light, and spaces, you will be wowed by what this man has done.

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Surveillance photos taken by Czech secret police in 70s, 80s

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Wednesday 2 May 2012

Surveillance photographs taken by the communist secret police in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 80s. Voyeurism at its finest. Here, average citizens were caught on hidden cameras by spies hoping to make arrests. [via Vice]

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Suite 212 by Nam June Paik

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Tuesday 20 March 2012

Here’s a great series of video collages by the late Fluxus artist Nam June Paik. It captures the feverishly weird and vibrantly international counterculture of NYC in the 1970s.

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Photos of dangerous lives of 1970s NYC policemen

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By Kevin Haugen in New Photography on Saturday 3 March 2012

Urged to remain an amateur and take up truck driving early in his photographic career, Leonard Freed thankfully bucked the recommendation and went on to become one of Magnum Photo’s most prolific and underrated photographers. A selection of his work documenting the ‘sometimes boring, sometimes corrupting, and sometimes dangerous lives’ of 1970s New York police officers is currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Iconic 70s movie: The Shout (watch the full film)

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By Gerry Mak in New Film on Thursday 8 September 2011

The ’70s still remain one of the best eras for cinema. This is The Shout, a totally nuts movie starring John Hurt (he’s the first guy to die in Alien), Susannah York, and Alan Bates.

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Happy End: seminal Japanese folk band from the 1970s

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By Susanna Corcoran in New Music on Saturday 13 August 2011

Legendary in the Japanese music scene of the 70s, the folk-rock band Happy End was virtually unknown (and probably still is) to the Western world until Sofia Coppola included their hit, Kaze wo atsumete, in Lost in Translation. The childlike simplicity of the tune is addicting, especially when played by two anonymous Japanese men with […]

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Neil Krug

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By Stephanie Yazbek in New Photography on Saturday 6 August 2011

Injecting you back into the 70s with his expired polaroids, director and photographer Neil Krug’s work will encourage you to pull out your Hendrix records and flash back to the days that were. Capturing beautiful yet simple images recreating a psychedelic world of cowboys and Indians, and all with a vintage feel, Krug encapsulates that golden era of music with an impressive portfolio of work ranging from music videos and photography for bands like Tame Impala, My Chemical Romance and Ladytron.

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Exhibition about New York art scene during the 1970s

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By Katie Keeble in New Events on Friday 27 May 2011

This exhibition at Barbican, London, about the New York art scene, during the 1970s was literally a nugget of history. Thoroughly mesmerising, inspiring and evocative, the ideas being explored are still as powerful as they were at the time they were made. I loved the dimensions and multiplicity of forms, a truly interdisciplinary exhibition spanning […]

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The Selvedge Yard

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By Doug from The Clutters in Cool Websites on Monday 23 May 2011

Heavy on motorcycles, Steve McQueen and the 70s, this blog covers topics I’m already fairly familiar with and adds amazing photography.

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The Portrait Machine Project

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By Lamia Larkin in New Photography on Saturday 30 April 2011

Using a 1970s Polaroid, aura camera artist Carlo Van De Roer has created a series of photographs that explore the unseen aura energy and characteristics of his friends and family. Along with the photographs are aura charts that show what each color and location means according to the particular person photographed. The resulting images are colorful and dream-like.

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Qiu Yang

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By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Wednesday 9 March 2011

Digging on Netherlands-based photographer Qiu Yang’s awesome, subtly surreal photos that riff on color-saturated, ’70s-style furturist minimalism.

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Even Charles Bronson is Killing Hipsters

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 1 December 2010

Even back in the ’70s people hated hipsters. Look at Charles Bronson decimating the hipster population of New York back in the day.

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