50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1970s Volume 9

The 1970s (pronounced “nineteen-seventies”; commonly shortened to the “Seventies” or the “’70s”) was a decade that began on January 1, 1970, and ended on December 31, 1979.

In the 21st century, historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970s as a “pivot of change” in world history, focusing especially on the economic upheavals that followed the end of the postwar economic boom. On a global scale, it was characterized by frequent coups, domestic conflicts and civil wars, and various political upheaval and armed conflicts which arose from or were related to decolonization, and the global struggle between the West, the Warsaw Pact, and the Non-Aligned Movement. Many regions had periods of high-intensity conflict, notably Southeast Asia, the Mideast, and Africa.

In the Western world, social progressive values that began in the 1960s, such as increasing political awareness and economic liberty of women, continued to grow. In the United Kingdom, the 1979 election resulted in the victory of its Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister. Industrialized countries experienced an economic recession due to an oil crisis caused by oil embargoes by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries. The crisis saw the first instance of stagflation which began a political and economic trend of the replacement of Keynesian economic theory with neoliberal economic theory, with the first neoliberal governments being created in Chile, where a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet took place in 1973.

The 1970s was also an era of great technological and scientific advances; since the appearance of the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004 in 1971, the decade was characterised by a profound transformation of computing units – by then rudimentary, spacious machines – into the realm of portability and home accessibility.

On the other hand, there were also great advances in fields such as physics, which saw the consolidation of Quantum Field Theory at the end of the decade, mainly thanks to the confirmation of the existence of quarks and the detection of the first gauge bosons in addition to the photon, the Z boson and the gluon, part of what was christened in 1975 as the Standard Model.

Novelist Tom Wolfe coined the term ” ‘Me’ decade” in his essay “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening”, published by New York Magazine in August 1976 referring to the 1970s. The term describes a general new attitude of Americans towards atomized individualism and away from communitarianism, in clear contrast with the 1960s.

In Asia, affairs regarding the People’s Republic of China changed significantly following the recognition of the PRC by the United Nations, the death of Mao Zedong and the beginning of market liberalization by Mao’s successors. Despite facing an oil crisis due to the OPEC embargo, the economy of Japan witnessed a large boom in this period, overtaking the economy of West Germany to become the second-largest in the world. The United States withdrew its military forces from their previous involvement in the Vietnam War, which had grown enormously unpopular. In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, which led to an ongoing war for ten years.

The 1970s saw an initial increase in violence in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria declared war on Israel, but in the late 1970s, the situation in the Middle East was fundamentally altered when Egypt signed the Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty. Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, was instrumental in the event and consequently became extremely unpopular in the Arab world and the wider Muslim world. Political tensions in Iran exploded with the Iranian Revolution in 1979, which overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty and established an authoritarian Islamic republic under the leadership of the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Africa saw further decolonization in the decade, with Angola and Mozambique gaining their independence in 1975 from the Portuguese Empire after the restoration of democracy in Portugal. The continent was, however, plagued by endemic military coups, with the long-reigning Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie being removed, civil wars and famine.

The economies of much of the developing world continued to make steady progress in the early 1970s because of the Green Revolution. However, their economic growth was slowed by the oil crisis, although it boomed afterwards. (Wikipedia)

Paul and Linda McCartney with their kids and pets in the garden of their London home, 1976.
On set of “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Nikolayevich Rumyantsev (Clown Karandash) going for a walk, 1977.
Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute held in his honour which took place on April 29th 1974 in New York City.
Here’s Karl Wallenda (founder of the Great Wallendas) walking across a 1,000 foot cable at Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, 1970.
Sandwiches for sale, London 1972
Denmark Street, London 1972
1970s home decor
Tom Waits walking on Portobello Road, 1976
Patti Smith and Sam Shepard at Sutter’s Bakery, New York, circa 1971.
Here’s Johnny…Carson’s clothing line in 1970.
Kids with attitudes on their bikes, in the 1970s.
Snowstorm hits Times Square in 1978.
Cher getting into her cool Ferrari Dino 246. (1975)
Steven Spielberg lounging in the mouth of ‘Bruce the Shark’ on the set of “Jaws” (1975)
A colorful Linda Ronstadt photographed in Topanga, CA (1971)
Jimi Hendrix looks melancholy at tea time the day before he died in 1970.
Jane Birkin in the recording studio, 1970s.
Alice Cooper and Salvador Dalí sharing a moment, 1973
Gene Simmons making friends with head cheerleader Melissa Codden at Cadillac High School when KISS was invited to the Homecoming game, 1975.
A group of boys play on the hood of a car in the Bronx in the early 1970s.
The original Sony Walkman, the first personal stereo tape deck, made its debut in 1979.
Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters, 1976.
David Bowie, Los Angeles, 1974
Paul McCartney and David Gilmour in the backstage at the Knebworth Music Festival, 1976.
A prankster changed a couple of letters of the Hollywood sign back in 1976, the same day California’s relaxed marijuana law took effect.
Moving an old house in Los Angeles during the 1970s.
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, Bonn, 19 May 1973.
Muhammad Ali with a young fan in a Florida diner in 1970.
Dolly Parton in 1978.
Clint Eastwood, 1970s
Arnold Schwarzenegger holds Raquel Welch at the Golden Globe Awards, 1977
1970s Couple
Natalie Wood roller skating in the 1970s
Main Street of Leakey, Texas, 1972.
Elton John with his mother Shelia and stepfather Fred Farebrother in their apartment, 1971.
The Harlem Globetrotters watching Goldie Hawn show off her skills with a basketball on The Goldie Hawn Special in 1978.
Hotpants in the 1970s
Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine take a break on the set of “Two Mules for Sister Sara” 1970.
People lining up to see “Star Wars” in 1977.
Bill Murray and Carrie Fisher doing a 60s beach skit on SNL in 1978.
Led Zeppelin in front of their plane in New York, 1973.
A CIA helicopter carrying away evacuees during the Fall Of Saigon to the communist forces (1975).
Liza Minelli, by Andy Warhol, 1975.
Bill Murray at Elvis Presley’s funeral – 1977
1977: Debbie Harry of Blondie at The Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, California.
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make other people happy, because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams (1951-2014) . Photo by Daniel Sorine in 1974

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