In the early to mid-1970s, bell bottoms experienced a brief period of popularity. If my memory serves me correctly, they started in the late Sixties as part of the hippie movement. By the early Seventies, bell bottoms had filtered onto college campuses like Northwestern. By the mid-1970s, they had gone mainstream. This Latin King, photographed in 1975 near Winthrop and Ainslie in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood loved bell bottoms. He was popular with women who hung with the Kings during that era.