The 1970s must have taken place on a different planet. These photos of men’s clothing from that decade leave us drowning in astounding mustard knits, loud patterns, high waists, way-too-skimpy briefs, and other men's fashion faux pas that we don't have enough of imagination to describe 40 years later.

As synthetics fell in price, casual men's style garbs were suddenly available to many fashion-forward young men looking to cut loose. Since polyester doesn’t require ironing, the “wash and wear” revolution is in full view of these models with their skin-tight threads and jumpsuits that leave nothing to the imagination. A 70s fashion Travelknit suit jumps out of the suitcase ready to wear, keeping with the decade’s focus on spontaneity and indulgence.

Scroll down for our pick of the worst 70s men's fashion pieces. And as a final note, don’t look at the prices in the funny ads! You’ll only resent H&M even more!

(h/t: flashbak)

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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CarolineCordery
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6 years ago

Men in Belted Sweaters would be a good band name.

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Damn hipsters

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MorriMiele
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6 years ago

I found Waldo

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KatKotka
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6 years ago

It was definitely the era of the crotch...

Isog Sargent
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3 years ago

Mmmmm bulges.

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SalliSticlaru
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6 years ago

Bert Reynolds? Is that you?

DonMuellerPhd
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6 years ago

What does Burt have to say about your calling him Bert?

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LynneDarroch
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6 years ago

The 70s were much shinier than I recall as a child.

JamiRussell
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6 years ago

Boys, take a clue - this is where the waist of your pants belongs, not at your knees like you were it nowadays!

MarleneLopez
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6 years ago

I think that they look like cheesy porn stars from the '70's.

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

I think they're on their way to a skating party at a gay disco. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

LuluGirard
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6 years ago

Tom of Finland, eat your heart out.

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

I'm sorry Leotard Body suit on a man...Serious fashion faux pas

PaigeHolliman
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6 years ago

Toreadors untucked.

PaulRadwanski
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6 years ago

I'm guessing that's not Sears...

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

Mr.Red Satin Pants has a license to sell "hot dogs"!

JeffBlanks
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6 years ago

The problem isn't being on a different planet. The problem is the decision on all sides, around 1980, to go back to the same old planet, where we remain stuck today. Sometimes norms themselves change, and when you're experimenting, not everything works. But even this would be a price worth paying to have a world that felt freer, where a song like "Frankenstein" can make #1 on the Top 40 chart. (Besides, this isn't even really daily wear for the '70s.) Meanwhile, today's orgy of crewcuts, trilby hats, plaid shirts and shorts--a look about 60 years old--is at least as ridiculous (if for other reasons) and even less justifiable.

JenCenters
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6 years ago

Is unitard man giving the thumbs up to his hand?

JuliaJamieson
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6 years ago

70's fashions~I hope they never come back :P

BrettValentine
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6 years ago

Oh yeah.. . NOW we're getting down into it. . .

Donna Leske
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2 years ago

Note to you young folks; the photos on the left (A, B, C) are jumpsuits. They are one-piece garments, you step in and then button or zip up. They also came in women's versions. They were a total pain when you had to use the toilet, the garment often dragged on the floor as you sat on the toilet, gathering hair, drips, and crud. True. No, they did not have drop-seats.

Marco Ilariuzzi
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5 years ago

Gayer than gay ????

Adriana Dragomir
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5 years ago

Talk about high heels...

Suzanne Talbott
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5 years ago

Oh my!

Lisa R
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5 years ago

Fashion catalog for "Boogie Nights".

Noelle Darzi
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5 years ago

How in the world did this become a Super Style?

Helen Rakowski Telencio
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5 years ago

This was the best except ,for the bathing suit

Helen Rakowski Telencio
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5 years ago

No way

CarolTaylor
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5 years ago

don't yah love the high wastes...?? not a jock strap to be seen...chuckles...

LillianSale
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5 years ago

What the shit?....

SquishCupcake
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5 years ago

I'm just going to cry in a corner now... dont mind me...

RicNeedham
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5 years ago

Remember wearing stuff like that in the 70s

BritGirrl
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5 years ago

Only slightly terrifying

SophNesbitt
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5 years ago

Simon Cowell got his inspiration from here..

MichaelThornton
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5 years ago

man,i want that shirt

GlynisLailann
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5 years ago

Freddy Mercury where are you?

MiriamHirsch
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6 years ago

If these weren't so funny, they'd be sexy, but OMG!

MelBox
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6 years ago

idk how men who wore those could breathe? those look so tight they dont leave room for undies. and they got cameltoe

DianaR.Anaya
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6 years ago

"I'm sexy and I know it!"

KristenHz
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6 years ago

I cannot fathom why any designer thought a man would want to wear a leotard. The other guys, particularly the black guy in the left-hand ad, were dressed to disco and boogie down. Though I can't understand why the men in the right-hand ad were in bare feet...?

AshleyBergen
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6 years ago

Guy in gray leotard: "Where's MY pants?!?"

BrianElliott
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6 years ago

In the picture on the right, the guy in the middle is Gordon Grant (a pornstar) and on the far right is Bill Cable (aka Stoner) who, according to Wikipedia was "a model, actor and film stuntman". He also posed for physique magazines. He died in 1998 in a motorcycle accident.

BrianElliott
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6 years ago

In the picture on the right, the guy in the middle is Gordon Grant (physique model cum porn star) and on the far right is Bill Cable (aka Stoner) who according to Wikipedia was "model, actor and film stuntman). He also posed for physique mags.

BeckyBateman
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6 years ago

Something I picture Huggy Bear wearing

RachelleCooper
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6 years ago

The wax figure in red is freaking me out.

GregHodge
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6 years ago

It's Harry Highpants

KareyPapin
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6 years ago

I got nothing.

ReneeLewis
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6 years ago

Like a train wreck..... that I can't unsee

NastassiaBailey
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6 years ago

Take my money, my husband needs those red pants! ;P

PixieHarker
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6 years ago

Wowzers! I am speechless!

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

I don't actually mind the pic on the right.

DavidBird
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6 years ago

Arnold Swartzaniger in the shiny red,error trowser,I guess...?

DavidBird
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6 years ago

Is than Arnold Swartanigger in the shiny red,errrr trousers?

KathyRamsey
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6 years ago

It's quite a feat to pull off looking tough in a floral print shirt.

SusannaVesna
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6 years ago

Im so glad I live in 21st century!

ChristineBeresford
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6 years ago

thats just scary !

BrianStarke
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6 years ago

All of the models are saying to themselves "Your not paying me enough to dress this ugly." Aerioudly, everyone wore to-night Levis.

MarleneLopez
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6 years ago

I think they look like cheesy porn stars from the '70's.

MelissaWelch
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6 years ago

These fella? Whoa!!

TheWalrus
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6 years ago

Is that a pet rock in your onesie, or are you just happy to see me?

AnnaWeijmer
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6 years ago

Sjuttiotalet! mode? alltid lika katuellt

CathyCopeland
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6 years ago

Their pants look like waist trainers!

sneakcollector
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6 years ago

Miami Vice for poor people... :)))

AliVayo
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6 years ago

Men should never coordinate.

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Is that a Onesie?

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

The jumpsuits on the right are just awful.

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KittyBuns
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6 years ago

I would love if my partner dressed like this.

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

Um.

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BeckyBlake
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6 years ago

Is he lactating!

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DrgnflyMoon
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6 years ago

Pimps on the left. Ho's on the right:)

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RobynScott
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6 years ago

That could spoil a third date.....

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RebekkaBowater
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6 years ago

" Lemme just stand here looking sexy while i hold this Chicken upside down" WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE LOL!! xD

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HeatherCrawford
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6 years ago

im speechless.

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AlexPeters
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6 years ago

Now I know the apocalypse will be crocheted!!! OMG. My eyes, my eyes!!

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DominikaFutó
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6 years ago

Standing ovation for the designer.

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

More things should be in giraffe pattern.

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GillianMcGown
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6 years ago

on the right. Bay City rollers had a lot to answer for!!!

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KaiChu
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6 years ago

Mondrian-like briefs!

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dani
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6 years ago

thunderbirds are go!

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RachelMcPeak
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6 years ago

That magazine title though.

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

Fancies?

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SusanWilkinson
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6 years ago

My dad had one of these!

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

If we weight these knits down with enough rocks we can drown them and no one will ever know!

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

You know you're all thinking it.

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

The description on this is strangely erotic!

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BrettValentine
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6 years ago

but I can say a whole LOT about this!

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LauraD'Costa
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6 years ago

Lmao anyone for tennis?

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

Those two guys are really avoiding eye contact.

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

See what they did there? Those tricksters.

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Carsuals

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ArturKlassen
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6 years ago

LSD was much more popular those days.

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TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Guy on the right looks like he just did a hit of something

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MarisaDelgado
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6 years ago

Pierce Brosnan? George Lopez?!! Didnt expect to see so many celebs in these ads lol

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DianeHume
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6 years ago

Makes me want to sing the YMCA song

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WendyReaser
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6 years ago

Yep because real men wear underwear and tshirts

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EmilyPilc
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6 years ago

Fruit of the doom. These guys look like serial killers.

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#36

In 2015.

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SandyGalbraith
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6 years ago

Well... Hello sailor!

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#37

Dee Eye Ess See Oh

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NealGraves
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6 years ago

Xanaduuuuuuuuuu!!!

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#38

Square To The Hips

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Because two big shit-brown patches on a guy's butt cheeks is what the ladies love!

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#39

So Much Derp

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

The kid in the bird shirt is slowly realizing that this photo shoot was a bad idea.

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Dusty Day
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4 years ago

Da da da daaaaaaa! CATALOGUE MAAAAAAAAN!

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#41

Starsky & Hutch Style Knit Jacket

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CindiNeumann
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6 years ago

starsky and hutch

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#42

Real Men Have Molester Mustaches. And Wear Slipper Socks.

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Wanna ride on my Terry Go Round?

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