I’ve been spending a bunch of time lately trying to explain the 1970s to my daughter. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have been in awe at how different a childhood my daughter is having than my own. And while explaining how things once were, I find that it is making me feel very old but also kind of nostalgic. It was such a different time; you could play outside without your folks keeping a close eye on you, you could only watch cartoons on Saturday mornings, phones had to be plugged into the wall, and candy bars were quarter. Yup, that’s how old people talk.
My memories of the ’70s are pretty fuzzy, but this collection of photographs from National Archives is a trip back in time. These stunning pictures were taken for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to illustrate the era’s environmental problems and achievements as part of their Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977). The National Archives in Washington, D.C., will be having a show entitled,”Searching for the Seventies” highlighting these images and it will be up from March 8th to September 8th.
Here are some of the images from their vast archive that really capture the 70s in the good and in the bad and in its always colorful ways. Check it out here:
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Photo Source: Flickr/National Archives
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