Wednesday, May 26, 2010

... and if by chance we find each other, it is beautiful.

(Above) Betsy and Michael, a groovy hippie couple on their wedding day, c. 1960’s. The next image is the flip side of the snapshot. Yea-aa baa-by, yeaaaa! Click image for larger view.
(Above) Verso, “Betsy & Michael, the wind was the poetry and the waterfalls the music.” Right on.” Click image for larger view.

(Above) Couple with red VW bus, c. 1960’s. On the road again, baby! Click image for larger view.

(Above) Hairstyles of the day, with paisley dresses to match for these party girls. c. 1960’s. Click image for larger view.

(Above) Swimming in patterns— c. 1960’s. Click image for larger view.

(Above) Go-carting was very popular in the sixties, especially for dads. Click image for larger view.

(Above) Somehow these hippies look like rock band members I have seen before... a very “Beach Boys ” look. Click image for larger view.

(Above) All the girls wore headbands—just like this! Click image for larger view.

(Above) ... and this dress style was very popular with the older chicks. Click image for larger view.

“YOU ARE YOU AND I AM I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.” This is part of a nauseous and cheesy quote by Frederick Perl, a gestalt psychotherapist whose writings were adopted for black light posters and T-shirts during the brief and magical hippie era—roughly 1963 -1973. These snapshots, all found on eBay—represent a good swath of everyday life during that time.

I really like the words on the back of the top snapshot—comments about the wedding of a couple named Betsy and Michael. So, to celebrate that wedding, beehive hairdo’s, Stingray bikes, beads, bell bottom jeans, incense, pot, Hippie vans and paisley patterns—here are some other quotes, prose and song lyrics from that period.

Right on, man!

I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one. And I believe it could be someday it’s going to come.
Cat Stevens
(Peace Train)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
Live the life you’ve always imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Joni Mitchell/CS&N

Do your own thing.

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

They’ve all gone to look for America.
Simon and Garfunkel

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair.

Scott McKenzie
(San Francisco)

C’mon people, now
smile on your brother,
ev’ry-body get together,
try to love one another right now.
Chet Powers/Youngbloods
(Get Together)

And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with
(Love the One You're With)

Love is all you need.
(All You Need is Love)


CFLanger said...

These photos gave me quite a chuckle this morning! I also learned that I was born during the hippie era!

Daria Hlazatova said...

glad i found your blog - so many inspirational and fun bits! great

Jane Waggoner Deschner said...

Every morning I awaken torn between the desire to save the world and the inclination to savor it.
~ E.B. White

Maureen said...

Man, I feel old now, but we would have taken to the streets weeks ago about the BP oil spill, what's with kids these days?

Larry the Artist said...

The last photo looks like it could be Louis from Revenge of the Nerds . . . gone drag.

vw camper said...

I love the 60's - I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era - those clothes - that cool vw camper - the details - wonderful

Tattered and Lost said...

Whoa, this is sooooooo groovy. A wonderful walk down the cracked sidewalk of memory lane!

Only thing missing is someone saying "I dropped it! I dropped it!" with everyone responding "Alright!" "No seriously I dropped it...on the ground." Bummer.

Amanda Summer said...

i'm on a joni mitchell binge lately so your post made me feel nostalgic (altho i'm thinking mainly of the 70s)

must be something in the air........

Catherine McEver said...

Just finished doing a history box on the sixties and early seventies for the Oakland Museum and found myself humming "Age of Aquarius" ad nauseum. It was more fun to be there than to try to recreate it.

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