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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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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...

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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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1970s Men’s Fashion

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BeckyBlake
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6 years ago

Is he lactating!

CarlGregor
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6 years ago

Hahahahahaha

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BeckyBlock
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6 years ago

So many thoughts... Circular underwear hangers. Are these gentlemen truly the best models they could find? Why is the undershirt looking threadbare? And in closing, it's a wonder procreation happened during the 70's with men sporting these undergarments!

RyanWilson
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6 years ago

"Hey, we need more models for the shoot! We've used all these guys already." "Just get Larry and the guys in shipping. They'll do anything for a free lunch."

BethGrunke
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6 years ago

I don't remember any men being this ugly, let alone being models and being this ugly.

SallyBR
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6 years ago

That belly button shall give me nightmares tonight... MUST ERASE FROM MEMORY

MandyDelaforce(PCGirl)
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6 years ago

This is why we don't tuck our singlet into our undies, kids.

PavelLujardo
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6 years ago

I have just discovered I have the body of a 1970s underwear model.

Peter Shadbolt
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5 years ago

It's a horrible realisation isn't it?

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JeffTerry
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6 years ago

Bout time we had positive male body images.

Ouzodaki
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6 years ago

Holy f**k! Now would be a perfect moment to go blind.

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

OOh! OOOH! OOOHHH! Mr Kotter!

KatHannold
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6 years ago

Whats the point of wearing a fishnet undershirt?

DavidHutchinson
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6 years ago

Certainly not to entice the fish!

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LeighStovall
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6 years ago

Now THAT is a onesie!!

TinyDynamine
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6 years ago

Hey, blokes in the pub! Can you help us out here?

James Harbinson
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4 years ago

Looks like a WalMart checkout line

James Laver
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4 years ago

Gliddons

Bianca Esteban
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4 years ago

Uuggghh wrong!!

Mindy Henderson Waters
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4 years ago

Where's the eye bleach!😅😅😅😅

Stacy Williams
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5 years ago

Is that Ron Swanson?

Daniel Holcombe
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5 years ago

Dude on the right is holding a CD?

BritGirrl
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5 years ago

Words fail me

SophNesbitt
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5 years ago

A hot mess

HelenJohnson
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6 years ago

Splutter.. Surely not?!

MiriamHirsch
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6 years ago

Is this from a Sear's catalog?

MelBox
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6 years ago

why is the underwear so tight?

GregAbolins
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6 years ago

It's like a pedophile coffee group .

AshleyBergen
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6 years ago

"Hey you 3 guys wanna make some money?- said the creepy green vested architect

StevenWilliamson
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6 years ago

Did they price things with commas in the 70's?

MichaelMcAllister
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6 years ago

Is that Ron Swanson

AmandaHanrahan
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6 years ago

The horror of catching your dad in his airtex vest, I still can see it!

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

is this one on the left a British ad?

JuandelBarrio
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6 years ago

Guy on the right is holding a compact disc of Charles Manson's greatest hits.

TreyEvitt
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6 years ago

Bill Hader: Time Traveler?

SandraBrindley
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6 years ago

Dad bod!

LynnThompson
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6 years ago

Ah, the "pub physique"!

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

I never saw someone with hairy knees before.

ScottPhillips
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6 years ago

Indeed, he is lactating Ms. Blake. The man in the "Man's" textured vest is very aware of this fact and brought a cookie for dippin' !

ScottPhillips
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6 years ago

Yes he is lactating. The man on the left in the textured vest in knit has a cookie for dippin' !

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

Things you can't unsee!!

KristinGiulino
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6 years ago

Missed a button

NastassiaBailey
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6 years ago

I like this hoop hanger for underwear.

DavidBird
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6 years ago

Left looks like a cult that the guy in the middle don't really wanna be in!

MicheleVincent
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6 years ago

Men models have come a long way........thank God !

SusannaVesna
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6 years ago

What a turn off!

ScottCash
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6 years ago

The one in the middle is wearing a mesh wifebeater

Cookie
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6 years ago

Wow, they're models!!

BethRudolphLassoff
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6 years ago

Something's just not right with the guy in the middle...I can't quite put my finger on it though. Could it be his face, sideburns, torso, wet undershirt, legs?? I seriously need help with this one!

BethRudolphLassoff
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6 years ago

Something's just not right with the guy in the middle...I can't quite put my finger on it. Could it be his face, sideburns, torso, wet undershirt, legs?? Someone please help me with this one!

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

It's everything, actually.

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ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

Is the green vest guy holding a taco shell? I can't tell on my phone screen?

PattiBrett
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6 years ago

That's just gross. They look like they just rolled in from playing outside in the dirt all day!

DavidHutchinson
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6 years ago

Gee, I always wanted a vest textured in man.

JeffBlanks
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6 years ago

The problem isn't the the '70s "took place on a different planet". It's that the '80s solution, whether punk/alt/indie or Reagan/Thatcher, was to go back to the old one, where we remain stuck today. All these college guys in their crewcuts and trilby hats and plaid shirts and/or shorts are just as ridiculous and even less justifiable.

ElissaMarshall
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6 years ago

Aaaaaaaaaaaagh...gross!

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Imagine these under those body suits they wore

JuliaJamieson
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6 years ago

Hangers for underwear?

IngridRastall-Awan
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6 years ago

Don't fancy your's much!! Grim!!

AliVayo
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6 years ago

This isn't funny

BrettValentine
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6 years ago

yes it is! HAhahahaha

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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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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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