Old images that show how cool people were back in the day

In the trunk of memories lie visual treasures that transport us to times gone by, where fashion, style and attitude exuded a unique charm. In this article, we’ll dive into a fascinating journey through vintage images that capture the essence of what it means to be cool.

From stylish attire to rebellious gestures, we’ll discover how people radiated an undeniable magnetism in decades past. Join us as we relive iconic moments and learn about the trends that shaped generations past, remembering why, even today, we still admire how cool they were back then.

Wow, people really knew how to look effortlessly cool.

Can you believe that from the 70s it is already 50 years ago? It’s crazy how time flies. Over the years, people’s sense of style has really changed. Today, young people often copy the latest trend they see on Instagram. In the past, we didn’t have Instagram or Facebook, but we still managed to pull off some great looks. 

Today we will take a trip back in time and show you how cool people used to be in the 70’s and 80’s. Make sure you stick around until the end, because we have a surprise for you!

In the 1970s and 1980s, fashion was all about looking effortlessly cool. People wore distressed denim jeans with a graphic tee and leather jacket, pairing them with a pair of stylish sneakers.

The women paired loose-fitting jeans with a tank top, blazer, and scarf. They will access or wear bold jewelry and flashy sunglasses. The makeup was all about creating a natural look, and the hair was kept simple and effortless.

Whether it was an afro perm or just a hairstyle, people in the ’70s and ’80s knew how to look effortlessly cool.

Continue on the next page to begin this journey through time.

We also had great cars!

In the 70s, these cars were all the rage. Sports cars still had personality back then. This young lady is extremely proud to have her picture taken with this amazing car. Do you remember any cool car from back then? We’d love to know what her dream car used to be.

This image could have come straight out of a magazine, like the one on the next page! Keep taking a look.

The heartthrob biker

You might think that this man was a professional model back in the day, and that this image was part of some kind of fancy photo shoot for an advertisement. 

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This is just a regular Joe, who just looked effortlessly cool. It shows how carefree people were in the 70s. What a picture!

Almost as cool as the next couple, which you’ll find on the next page.

Cool couple

These two lovebirds are another example of how cool people were in their day. This 1960s couple seems to be the rebellious type, quite characteristic of the time. 

Self-expression became much more prevalent as young people rebelled against their parents’ expectations. We wonder where these two ended up!

Take a look on the next page for a group photo of young women from this period, looking absolutely stunning!

Concert goers

These four young women seem to be at a festival. We’re not sure where this photo was taken, but they look like they’re having a great time! 

The woman in the middle is wearing a hat with the logo of the popular rock band Rush on it, which places this image somewhere in the ’70s. We hope she got to see her favorite band!

These young women display an incredible sense of style, just like the two you’ll find on the next page!

Best friends

These two ladies also seem to be at a festival, but it seems that the party is over and they are trying to hitch a ride home. Hitchhiking was very popular in the 1970s, but fell out of favor when people realized how dangerous it could be. We hope these two made it home safely.

On the next page you will see two young men who look just as happy and carefree as these two friends.

Chill out

These two young men have a great time in what appears to be a cave. People used to be very creative with their   hangouts  back in the day. 

They look completely carefree and happy, something you don’t see nowadays. And look at her long hair! What would his parents have thought about it?

Some people used to have weirder ways of expressing themselves. Like people on the next page.


These 8 friends decided to dress up as mermaids in the pool. Yes, that’s right, that’s not a costume. Mermaids  don’t really exist. 

This goes to show that people have always been obsessed with mythical creatures. It’s not a phase, mom! We’re curious what the other pool-goers thought of this wacky display.

Mermaid tales aren’t the only things you can still see today. High waisted jeans are another. Continue on the next page to see a woman wearing them!

High waisted jeans

Oh, high waisted jeans. This was one of these old-time trends that most people thought would never come back. 

But then 2010 came around and young people all over the world discovered this style of pants that had been out of style for so long. Today, it is back in fashion. We wonder how long this time will last.

There is another trend from the past that we think will never come back, but who knows. You will find it on the next page.


Jorts. jean shorts They’re about as cool as you can imagine these days, but for some reason, this 70s guy looks great in them. How did he manage to achieve that? 

Or is it the fact that, in the past, people were so effortlessly cool that they could accomplish almost anything? We lean towards that explanation.

We have another example showing this on the next page. You won’t believe they managed to look great in those.

High socks

While today we tend to want to hide our socks under our pants or in our shoes, this wasn’t the case back in the ’70s.

Back then, we wore our pristine white tube socks as high as we could wear them. They were just as much a part of popular culture as the aforementioned high-waisted jeans.

Another very characteristic thing of the time: music festivals. Remember Woodstock 1969?

Tie dye shirts

Woodstock ’69 is one of the most famous festivals of all time. It is known for staying right in the middle of the “hippie era”. Pictured above is a stall selling tie-dye T-shirts, which became synonymous with hippie fashion in the late 1960s. 

The festival had no official merchandise, so these t-shirts were the closest thing to festival-specific clothing. Today, you can still find dyed shirts in many stores. But it all started back in the sixties.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

Crown of flowers

Another example of hippie fashion: the flower crown. Today, you’ll find people at other festivals like Coachella and Sziget imitating this trend, which has its roots in the 1960s. 

You couldn’t turn a corner in Woodstock without seeing someone wearing the iconic headdress. Looking at the image above takes you right back to ’69.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

More hippie fashion

This woman is also dressed in hippie fashion. In the late sixties, this was a very popular look. In the following photos, you will see many visitors who look similar to the woman in the image above. 

Dressing like this was a true counterculture statement. And, of course, Woodstock was visited en masse by cultural rebels.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

All aboard

In the image above, you can see a group of friends who arrived at Woodstock in a van. The van serves as a makeshift elevated platform for viewing the shows. 

A great way to see acts like The Who, Jimmie Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yes, all those iconic bands played at this particular festival back in 1969.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

Joy and happiness

For many people, Woodstock ’69 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the picture above you can see her pure joy and happiness. 

With great music, great people, lots of fun and lots of freedom, it was a festival like no other. Since then, other festivals have tried to reproduce the magic, but all have failed.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


There’s no way you’re going to see the scene pictured above at a festival today. Woodstock was a festival of freedom. With that came the lack of rules. 

This festival goer was able to take his motorcycle with him to the festival grounds, where he used it as a lounger. And who can blame him! He looks quite comfortable.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


400,000 people attended the festival. The organization had not taken into account this number of people, so food was scarce. Lines were long and opportunities to feed were few and far between. 

Still, this didn’t stop people from having fun. Today, not many people talk about the food at the festival. The atmosphere and music are the preferred themes.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

Friends and fun

The image above is a good representation of the atmosphere at Woodstock ’69. It was a great experience to share with good friends. 

Looking at the picture, we almost wish we were there during that summer of 1969. These people must have had a lot of fun during this iconic music festival.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


As we mentioned before, more than 400,000 people attended the festival. The organization had not considered so many people, so there were some logistical problems. 

One of them was the path to the festival grounds. The huge number of enthusiastic festival goers caused a traffic jam that lasted for several hours.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


Many couples first met on the grounds of the Woodstock ’69 festival. Good music, a good atmosphere, good weather and a lot of fun are apparently good conditions for love to flourish. 

The couple pictured above enjoy each other’s company as much as they do the festival.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

Jimi Hendrix

The legendary Jimi Hendrix performed at Woodstock ’69. His rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States, is one of the most famous recordings of this festival. 

But did you know that not many people heard it in real life? Hendrix played it at 9 in the morning, the last day of the festival. Many people had already gone home by then.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


These two friends probably made some great memories at Woodstock ’69. It was one of those moments in your life that you will remember for the rest of it, and you will remember and speak of fondly until the end of your days. Woodstock ’69 was undoubtedly a mythical music festival.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

400,000 People

There were over 400,000 people at Woodstock ’69. Just take a look at the image above and see how many people were watching this live performance. 

It’s almost dizzying to consider that each of those people in the photo is an individual, with their own story. But in the end, they shared one thing: a great experience.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


There were a lot of great artists at Woodstock ’69. Both on stage and in the crowd. This person, for example, brought his guitar to bring beautiful music to a quiet area of ​​the festival. 

There were many more people like him, who brightened up the festival beyond what the organizers had originally planned.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


In the image above you can see one of the water pumps that were installed around the festival site. 

When you walk barefoot all day, like these hippies, you need to wipe your feet from time to time. These water pumps were a true godsend for the visitors of the legendary music festival.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


One of the most iconic things from the hippie era are the peace signs that people used to make with their fingers. 

This gesture is still recognized today, but it was especially popular in the late 1960s. In the Woodstock ’69 footage, you’ll find many people making a V shape with their index and middle fingers.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


Some of the performances were recorded by team members walking around the microphones. One of the most famous live performances that you can still find online today is Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the American anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. 

Other artists whose performances you can find are Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and Joe Cocker, among others.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


This band was relatively unknown when they played Woodstock ’69. They were known in the jam scene, but hadn’t had any success yet. All this changed later. 

Today, Santana is remembered as one of San Francisco’s biggest rock bands. And it all started with an iconic performance at Woodstock.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!

Fun and games

These festival goers have invented their own entertainment, in between musical acts. The people who went to Woodstock were some of the factors that made the festival so legendary. There hasn’t been a festival since then that has captured the essence of that special event.

You’ll find more amazing Woodstock photos on the next page!


All things considered, Woodstock ’69 was special. Good music, good atmosphere, good people and lots of fun. We hope that one day, there will be another festival as special as this one. 

Until then, we can remember the good times with these photos. Be sure to read them again, when you feel the need to remember how amazing that was.

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