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December 14, 2017

33 Amazing Photos That Show What Hippie Britain Was Really Like

Proof of just how far out hippies could be in 1960s and '70s Britain...

1. John Lennon-style hippie glasses were ubiquitous in swinging London. Even on the dance floor. In the dark.

2. The dance steps matched the attitude: casual and colorful.

3. But then again, maybe it’s less about crazy hand gestures and more about lava-lamp lighting?

4. Here’s what broadcast journalism, circa 1973, looked like.

5. 1973 was also the year The Wicker Man came out. Which might explain the surge in maypoles and freaky animal costumes.

21 Cool Photos That Capture Intimate Moments of Mike Tyson and His Celebrity Friends in the Past

Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York in 1966, American former professional boxer Mike Tyson dominated boxing in the 1980s. With explosive power and fast knockouts, Tyson rose to stardom to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history at the young age of 20.

Tyson won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

Tyson became the lineal champion in 1988 when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round. He defended his heavyweight title nine times and lost it to James “Buster” Douglas in 1990.

After a controversial rape allegation led to his arrest in 1992, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years. He attempted several times to regain his title, but he was disqualified in a 1997 rematch after biting Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Well known for ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as controversial behavior inside and outside the ring, Tyson was nicknamed "Iron" and "Kid Dynamite" in his early career, and later known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet". But he is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, and also has lovely intimate moments with his celebrity friends in everyday life.

Check out these cool pics to see intimate moments of Mike Tyson and his celebrity friends from the 1980s to 1990s.

Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond from Beastie Boys together with Mike Tyson, 1987

Don King with Mike Tyson, 1989

Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, right, speak at a news conference while advisor Donald Trump looks in New York, Tuesday, July 27, 1988

Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown attend Third Annual Soul Train Awards on April 11, 1989 at the Shrine Auditorium in
Los Angeles, California

December 13, 2017

33 Fascinating Photos That Show Street Scenes of São Paulo, Brazil in the Early 1970s

São Paulo is a municipality in the southeast region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city and is the most populous city in Brazil and the Americas, as well as in the Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the largest in the Americas and Earth's 13th largest city proper by population.

The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, one of 26 constituent states of the republic. It is the most populous and wealthiest city in Brazil. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment.

The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city's metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world.

Take a look at these color photos to see what street scenes of São Paulo looked like in the early 1970s.

December 12, 2017

Paramount Pictures Promotional Spread in Motion Picture Herald, 1936

The Motion Picture Herald was an American film industry trade paper published from 1931 to December 1972. It was replaced by the QP Herald, which only lasted until May 1973.

The paper's origins go further back two decades. In 1915, a Chicago printing company launched a film publication as a regional trade paper for exhibitors in the Midwest and known as Exhibitors Herald. Publisher Martin Quigley bought the paper and over the following two decades developed the Exhibitors Herald into an important American national trade paper for the US film industry.

In 1917, Quigley acquired and merged another publication MOTOGRAPHY into his magazine. In 1927, he further acquired and merged the magazine The Moving Picture World and began publishing it as Exhibitors' Herald and Moving Picture World, which was later shortened to the more manageable title, Exhibitors' Herald World.

After acquiring Motion Picture News in 1930, he merged these publications into the Motion Picture Herald.

Veronica Lake: The Peek-a-Boo Girl of the 1940s

Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in the New York City borough of Brooklyn in 1922, American film, stage, and television actress Veronica Lake was well known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. She won both popular and critical acclaim for her role in Sullivan's Travels and for femme fatale roles in film noirs with Alan Ladd during the 1940s.

Lake's career had begun to decline by the late 1940s, in part due to her alcoholism. She made only one film in the 1950s but appeared in several guest-starring roles on television. She returned to the screen in 1966 with a role in the film Footsteps In the Snow, but the role failed to revitalize her career.

Lake released her memoirs, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, in 1970. She used the money she made from the book to finance a low-budget horror film Flesh Feast. It was her final onscreen role.

Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at the age of 50.

These glamorous pictures that captured portrait of Veronica Lake in the 1940s.

December 11, 2017

Top Christmas Gifts: See How Popular These 1948 Best-Selling Christmas Gifts Were

Take a look at Macy’s best-selling holiday gifts of 1948—which LIFE compiled, along with the number of each item sold and at what price—and it's immediately apparent that things have changed since then.

For starters, the gifts then skewed more toward the practical. Such everyday items as a pair of nylons or a ballpoint pen, the department store’s third- and fourth-highest-selling items that season, may ignite little excitement in today’s gift receiver, who has been conditioned to want little more than the latest Apple product. Second, there is a conspicuous absence of anything technological, whereas nearly seven decades later, more than two thirds of holiday shoppers plan to purchase electronics for their loved ones.

Then again, the rise of personal technology was still decades away, as these were the days when fewer than 10% of households even had a TV set. Rather than instruments of entertainment, gift-givers wrapped up objects that were wearable or edible, and immediately usable: a pair of pajamas, a bottle of scotch or that perennial favorite, some sturdy slippers. Basic, to be sure—but sure to be put to frequent use.

Handkerchief, 300,000, 33 cents apiece.

Christmas card sets, 100,000, 47 cents a set.

Nylons, 15 Denier, 77,000, $1.38 a pair.

Ball-point pen, 60,000, 92 cents a pen.

Men's blue shorts, 50,000, 69 cents a pair.


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