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Strawberry satin pie recipe (1964)

Strawberry satin pie recipe (1964)

Turn out a truly terrific pie with those first strawberries of the season. One look, one delicious bite - you’ll forget all about mere strawberries and cream. This pie is a dazzler!
A fashionable fire A strange way to model '60s nightgowns

A fashionable fire: A strange way to model ’60s nightgowns

Surprised in the night by a five-alarm fire, rescued before there was a chance to change, each (luckily) was caught in something so devastatingly pretty, she didn't feel the least bit flustered about going out in the world. Moral: The right way to be rescued is in the nicest nighties you can find.
What is Pickleball? (1976) - Paddles and ball

What is Pickleball? (1976)

What is Pickleball? Is it... (a) an hors d'ouevre on the sour side; (b) a Christmas tree ornament; (c) a delicatessen decoration; (d) none of the above. If you chose (d) give yourself a prize.
A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

A ’70s designer dream house: The American Home of 1974

You enter the house through the front door, painted an unforgettable bright blue, outside and in. You stand on cool, dark ceramic tile that has the sleek look of polished leather. Take a tour of this '70s designer dream house here!
The Outsiders - movie cast

Looking inside ‘The Outsiders’ movie (1983)

If "The Outsiders" looks polished, there's good reason. The movie was made by the practiced hand of Francis Ford Coppola, responding to a petition sent to him by seventh and eighth graders in Fresno, California.
Steve Martin performs King Tut on SNL (1978)

See Steve Martin perform “King Tut” on SNL (1978)

Playing off the popularity of the traveling exhibit of the Treasures of Tutankhamen, actor and comedian Steve Martin debuted his parody song "King Tut" on an episode of Saturday Night Live in the spring of 1978.
Celebrity yearbook photos

Celebrity yearbook photos: See 150+ stars before they were famous!

See more than 150 celebrity yearbook photos of actresses, actors, singers, musicians, politicians and others whose names you know... but the faces in these pictures from years ago -- when they were young, and often long before they were famous -- may surprise you!
The Sunshine Family Van with Piggyback Shack

The Sunshine Family dolls & vintage play sets (1974-1978)

Hot on the heels of the flower child era, back in 1974, Mattel introduced a set of dolls that were sort of the anti-Barbie: The Sunshine Family. Though the new family members (the parents, at least) were about the same size as Barbie and Ken dolls, fashion and luxury living was not their thing.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - movie poster

Time Warp back to 1975 for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

In a spangled vest and elbow-length gloves, black bikini, black opera hose and steep ankle-strap wedgies, Tim Curry as Dr Frank N Furter, makes his grand entrance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an outrageous camp musical based on the stage hit.
The truth about Hollywood draft deferments during WW2 (1942)

The truth about Hollywood draft deferments during WW2 (1942)

It is useless to deny that motion picture stars have been getting the best of it (as to immunity from draft). Some have been given special deferments and choice assignments and have been allowed extra months to finish pictures before having to report for active duty.
Disney's Mary Poppins movie - Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews

See the Mary Poppins movie trailer and Hollywood premiere (1964)

Walt Disney hosted the big party at Grauman's Chinese Theater to introduce everybody to a grand lady, 'Mary Poppins,' a personality and a movie which should be ranked among Hollywood's finest. It certainly is high on Disney’s list of favorites turned out by his studio.
Annie Oakley portrait - Philadelphia

The amazing Annie Oakley, expert shot (1890s)

Annie Oakley once sent a shot right through the center of the bullseye - and then someone bet that she couldn't through the hole she had just made. You might be able to imagine what happened next.
Beauty and fashion hairspray

The ultimate ’80s beauty basic: Hairspray

19-year-old Debbie was not even born during the heyday of the bubble, the beehive, the flip and the bouffant hairstyles -- yet, she regularly performs a grooming ritual that dates back to that other era: she is a hair-spray fanatic.
Kurt Vonnegut's backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Kurt Vonnegut’s backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Kurt Vonnegut Jr has hit in fact on a true science-fiction subject. As an American prisoner, in German hands, he was a witness to the Dresden holocaust, that appalling Day of Judgment for thousands -- although who deserves to be judged by whom is less obvious than you may think.

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