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Society’s Dropouts: 48 Eye-Opening Photos Of America’s 1970s Hippie Communes

Mystic Arts hippie commune

This iconic photograph shows The Bray Family reading bedtime stories at the Mystic Arts commune reading bedtime stories in Sunny Valley, Oregon, in 1969. Photography by John Olson Source: View Liner ltd

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, a deep-seated social discontent developed among young people in the United States. These were men who’d been forced to fight a war they didn’t believe in only to return home to a country that didn’t want them. The country was filled with college graduates lacking any job prospects, young women who refused to lead their mothers’ lives, and the myth of an “equal” society that couldn’t seem to shake its nasty history of segregation and inequality.

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A Brief History Of Birth Control

birth control pills

Fun Fact: the progestin birth control pill was originally submitted to the FDA for approval as a treatment for “menstrual disorders,” because the researcher feared it would not be approved as a contraceptive product. Once approved, the box featured a warning label that stated “warning, this pill will likely prevent pregnancy,” and doctors began prescribing it off label. Source: NPR

For almost as long as humans have existed, we’ve been trying not to get pregnant, often in some interesting and creative ways. While abstinence is the only form of birth control that’s 100% effective, it’s not that interesting to write about. This journey through the history of contraception–from ancient herbal concoctions to glow sticks for your vagina–will make you thank your lucky stars that all the average American woman has to do to receive quality birth control today is buy health insurance, find a doctor who takes that health insurance, make an appointment, allow aforementioned doctor to stick things inside of her, pay her co-pay, bring her prescription to the pharmacy, wait for a pharmacist to fill the prescription, and then take one pill every day at the same time.

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34 Black And White Photos Restored With Brilliant Color

From an intimate portrait of Mark Twain in the last years of his life to an incredible overhead photograph of the D-Day invasion, we take a look history’s most important people and events captured in black and white photos and transformed into beautiful color images:

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Testing A Bulletproof Vest In 1923

The inventor of the bulletproof vest tests one of the first prototypes in Washington DC in 1923.

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig after finishing his "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939.

Race Mixing Color Black And White Photos

Protestors in Little Rock, Arkansas demonstrate against school integration in 1959.

Walt Whitman In 1868

Walt Whitman in 1868.

Girls Deliver Ice In 1918

A pair of girls unload ice in 1918.

Clint Eastwood In 1962

Clint Eastwood in 1962.

Black and White Photos Turned Into Color

A Royal Air Force pilot receives a haircut in between missions during World War 2.

Nihang Bodyguard

A Nihang bodyguard serving in the Nizam of Hyderabad's irregular Sikh army. In his right hand he holds a khanda sword, and in his left a ball and chain flail. The all-steel chillanum dagger in his cummerbund is traditionally associated with southern India. He also wears a shield, a second sword and a pistol, the butt of which is visible under his left arm. His battle-turban is fortified with razor-sharp steel quoits, miniature sword blades and steel chains.

Golden Gate Bridge In 1905

The Golden Gate Bridge in mid-construction in the 1930s.

Claude Monet In 1923

Claude Monet poses with various paintings in 1923.

Propaganda Posters 1942

In 1942, a room full of artists produce propaganda posters that will be used in the United States during World War 2.

Gettysburg Veterans 1913

A pair of Civil War veterans exchange stories during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Flipping Burgers In 1938

A cook flips burgers at a state fair in 1938.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Clam Seller In Little Italy

A clam seller does some business in Little Italy, New York City in 1900.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before he would be assassinated by Jack Ruby.

Elizabeth Taylor In 1956

Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.

Mark Twain In Color

Mark Twain

Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin

Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in 1919.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Albert Hitchcock On The Set Of Birds

Alfred Hitchcock seen in mid-direction on the set of Birds in 1963.

Titanic Disaster

A young newsboy sells newspapers in London in 1912 following the sinking of the Titanic.

Sharon Tate Black And White Photos

Sharon Tate poses for a photograph in the early 1960s.

Colorized History

A pair of African-American troops pose by artillery on Easter 1944.

Robert E. Lee In Color

Robert E. Lee shortly after surrendering at Appomattox in 1865.

Curb Market In New York City 1900

Curb Market in New York City circa 1900.

Color Black And White Photos

Aubrey Hepburn in the early 1950s.

D-Day 1944

An overhead photograph of the D-Day landing on Normandy Beach in 1944.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Booker T. Washington in 1905

Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University in 1905.

Black and White Photos Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in 1951.

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Albert Einstein In 1921 Photo

Albert Einstein in 1921.

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45 Woodstock Photos That Will Transport You Back To 1969

Forty-five years ago this weekend, the mother of all rock festivals took place. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, over 400 thousand revelers flocked to Bethel, New York to take part in what would become the zenith of 1960s counterculture. Today, we take a look back at the highlight of the summer of love with these forty-five beautiful Woodstock photos:

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Woodstock Poster

Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", Woodstock was organized by Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld with presale tickets available for $18 (equivalent to $120 today).

Abandoning Cars

Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Bethel twenty-four hours before the concert was slated to start. With traffic gridlocked for miles, many abandoned their cars and simply walked to the festival grounds.

Woodstock Opening Ceremony

Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian religious teacher, delivered the opening ceremony invocation at Woodstock.

In The Rain

On and off again rain became a staple of the Woodstock weekend, though that didn't stop the energy or proceedings of the festival.

Aerial Photograph Of Woodstock

Initially expecting only 100,000 people, Woodstock swelled to over 400,000 revelers. Concert organizers realized that they had neither the means or resources to prevent the flood of people and thus made the concert 'free' by cutting all the fences surrounding the festival area.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia poses for a photograph before the Grateful Dead performed at Woodstock.

Jamming On The Sitar

Ravi Shankar plays the sitar during his performance on Friday night.

Grass Hut At Woodstock

Impromptu shelters were common place -- here, a group rest in the grass hut they built for the weekend.

Clothing Optional

Very much in the spirit of the times, clothing was considered optional for many festival-goers.

Signs At Woodstock

Heady vibes.

Woodstock Photos Jimi Hendrix

The last act to perform at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix went on Monday morning to conclude the festival. By the time he went on stage, only 30,000 festival-goers remained.

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And if you love all things Woodstock, we recommend you check out these videos from the festival:

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