Whether we like it or not, most of us will become our parents one way or another - from something as small as the way they laugh or maybe something as profound as the same career path. Some of us crumble at the notion that we could share similarities with our less hip parents - but for the kids of the parents in these vintage photos, the levels of cool exuding from their older generation are something they can only hope to aspire to.

Bored Panda presents a new photo list of times kids came across old photos of their parents only to realize their parents were cooler than them. So scroll down below to check out some old-school photo treasures and upvote your favs. Maybe it will inspire you to ask your own cool parents to show you what they were like when they were young!

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My Favorite Picture Of My Mom. She Was The Only Girl In Her Welding Class In 1984. Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

My Favorite Picture Of My Mom. She Was The Only Girl In Her Welding Class In 1984. Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Nikki Ferguson 7 months ago

*Flashdance intensifies*

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Generational differences - sometimes it's hard to get an explanation of what the older generations were thinking other than "It was a different time." Progress is great but what are some things older people may miss about their youth? First we have the style. There is a reason we love shopping at vintage stores - because compared with the some of the looks of today our parents had some pretty cool looks. But when did Americans decide to trade in their tailored slacks for leggings? Casual fashion went through many milestones to reach where it is today but in 1966 James Laver, a renowned historian of dress, told a group of fashion industry executives, “Clothes of the sexes are beginning to overlap and coincide.” 

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My Mom Flew Helicopters For The Army In The 80s

My Mom Flew Helicopters For The Army In The 80s

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

She looks like Rose Leslie (aka Ygritte from Game of Thrones)!

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#3

My Mother Doing A Handstand On Two Skateboards (Circa 1980's)

My Mother Doing A Handstand On Two Skateboards (Circa 1980's)

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

I´d say a handstand on one skateboard is quite impressive, but on two... just W O W.

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Millennials may think they are the most connected generation with all of the various media platforms but this has caused less trust and isolation among these young people. According a survey 56 per cent of those aged 22 to 37 would trust an ordinary person in the street to tell the truth, compared to 77 per cent of baby boomers."Levels of social trust have been argued to be a strong predictor of national economic growth, levels of life satisfaction and suicide rates," it says. 

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My Dad (Front) In Vietnam In 1971. He Didn’t Know This Photo Existed Until I Came Across It Randomly On The Internet. He Cried When He Saw It

My Dad (Front) In Vietnam In 1971. He Didn’t Know This Photo Existed Until I Came Across It Randomly On The Internet. He Cried When He Saw It

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Fruzsina Sinka 7 months ago

that peace sign there.. sooo deep.

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#5

My Dad At His First Job At Nasa!

My Dad At His First Job At Nasa!

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He is love 7 months ago

First of all, way to go Dad! Second, I'm loving the lack of computer on his desk at NASA, just showing how it was back then!

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We all have our vices - but maybe the younger generation has healthier ones. With anti-smoking campaigns like 'truth' smoking isn't as widely accepted and definitely not depicted in the 50's Mad Men style way. Our parents grew up in a different time though, for example ot wasn't until the 1990s that smoking on airplanes was banned completely.

#6

Chuck Norris Pinned By My Dad

Chuck Norris Pinned By My Dad

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Ahmad Pujianto 7 months ago

OMG... Your dad deserved more to be the legend..

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#7

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Lady looks fierce too, look at those arms! (lion looks adorable)

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Hipsters may think that they are a step ahead of the rest with their beards and man buns - but just as it is with their vintage fashion sense they must pay their respects to the pioneers of long hair fashion. Long locks on both men and women became a trendy look in the 1960s and 1970s, Before that you would have been side-eyed for your unruly mane.

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My Dad Diving Off The Starboard Fin Of A Submarine And Into The Pacific Ocean In The Summer Of 1983

My Dad Diving Off The Starboard Fin Of A Submarine And Into The Pacific Ocean In The Summer Of 1983

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Gorgeous photo!

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#9

My Mom Holding Myself Whilst Writing Her Master Thesis On The Macintosh Classic II (1991)

My Mom Holding Myself Whilst Writing Her Master Thesis On The Macintosh Classic II (1991)

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Super Mom!

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Want to know why your parents are cooler than you? Because the things we think are trendy now began back in their day. Walk into any Urban Outfitters and you will see walls with vinyl records and record players. Well vinyl records were created in the 1950's and your parents definitely weren't using these discs for decoration - anyone feel like listening to the Beatles?

#10

My Friends Parents Are Celebrating Their 47th Anniversary This Week. Here's Them Being Badasses In The 70's

My Friends Parents Are Celebrating Their 47th Anniversary This Week. Here's Them Being Badasses In The 70's

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Louplou 7 months ago

This made me smile so much! They look charmingly defiant!

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#11

My Mom Was A Homicide Detective In The 80s

My Mom Was A Homicide Detective In The 80s

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He is love 7 months ago

Omg did you even bother trying to cover up your tracks when you messed up as a kid?

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#12

My Mom, Age 15, Smoking At An Allman Brothers Concert With A Broken Arm. Watkins Glen '73

My Mom, Age 15, Smoking At An Allman Brothers Concert With A Broken Arm. Watkins Glen '73

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Brodie 7 months ago

This is fricken awesome

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#13

My Parents In 1972 In Front Of Their Store In Paris

My Parents In 1972 In Front Of Their Store In Paris

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Love the outfits!

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#14

1969 Vietnam: My Father’s Version Of A Selfie Before Selfies Were A Thing

1969 Vietnam: My Father’s Version Of A Selfie Before Selfies Were A Thing

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Lewis Jones 7 months ago

Very, very cool!

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#15

My Dad A Zoo Keeper In 1992

My Dad A Zoo Keeper In 1992

He was the only one at the time who could call the rhinos by name and they would come running like dogs. They enjoy a scratch behind the ear like dogs too.

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Captain Marvellous ♥️ 7 months ago

Dude...now that is cool. It's amazing when humans and animals can reach a level of trust like that! If only the whole world was as kind as he was toward these poor creatures.

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#16

My Father Who Shipped His Bike Over To England And Rode All Over Europe On It - 1973

My Father Who Shipped His Bike Over To England And Rode All Over Europe On It - 1973

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Hello it Smee 7 months ago

What beautiful bike, that must have been an amazing trip.

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#17

My Mom In The Police Academy, 1984

My Mom In The Police Academy, 1984

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C 7 months ago

Badass mom

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#18

My Mom As A Red Cross Volunteer In WWII. She Had Her Own Radio Show In The Pacific Theater To Counteract Tokyo Rose. 1944

My Mom As A Red Cross Volunteer In WWII. She Had Her Own Radio Show In The Pacific Theater To Counteract Tokyo Rose. 1944

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Lovely lady!

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#19

My Dad's Graduation Photo. Circa 1970's

My Dad's Graduation Photo. Circa 1970's

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Sunzilla 7 months ago

or 1870?

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#20

My Pregnant Mom At Gunpoint Trying To Get Home - May 1969 Berkeley

My Pregnant Mom At Gunpoint Trying To Get Home - May 1969 Berkeley

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Hello it Smee 7 months ago

That is terrifying to have guns with bayonets pointed at you, yikes

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#21

Mom Spinning Records At Kwkh, Shreveport - 1977

Mom Spinning Records At Kwkh, Shreveport - 1977

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KT Trondsen 7 months ago

She's so beautiful

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#22

Pretty Rad Picture Of My Dad When He Was 22, In Texas, Taken In 1987. That Ghettoblaster Is Epic

Pretty Rad Picture Of My Dad When He Was 22, In Texas, Taken In 1987. That Ghettoblaster Is Epic

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He is love 7 months ago

Love it- boomboxes and payphones

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#23

My Mom Fled Saigon In 1975. By The 90s, She Had Joined The US Air Force

My Mom Fled Saigon In 1975. By The 90s, She Had Joined The US Air Force

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Elizabeth 7 months ago

Now she's a badass! I am awestruck by people with the bravery to immigrate then join the military.

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#24

One Of My Favorite Photos Of My Parents In The Late 70s

One Of My Favorite Photos Of My Parents In The Late 70s

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Jeanne Wessinger 7 months ago

That’s genius

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#25

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

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Hello it Smee 7 months ago (edited)

His uncle face cracks up, could you imagine seeing this hung on someone's wall

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#26

My Father Halfway Through Motorcycling Across Africa - 1980s

My Father Halfway Through Motorcycling Across Africa - 1980s

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He is love 7 months ago

I bet he has some stories

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#27

My Dad Taking A Smoking Break While Fighting Saddam Husseins Army In The 80s

My Dad Taking A Smoking Break While Fighting Saddam Husseins Army In The 80s

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Michał Jastrzębski 7 months ago

looking cute, might fight an army later, idk lol

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#28

My Mom Said She Gave This Up When She Had Me. I'm Pretty Sure She Stopped When I Was Old Enough To Want Some (1970's)

My Mom Said She Gave This Up When She Had Me. I'm Pretty Sure She Stopped When I Was Old Enough To Want Some (1970's)

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Louplou 7 months ago

Ooooh yeah! Seriously jealous!

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#29

My Dad Fishing... On A Nuclear Submarine 1966

My Dad Fishing... On A Nuclear Submarine 1966

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Lotte 7 months ago

don't mind me im just fishing off a submarine. guess the fish never saw that one coming

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#30

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

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He is love 7 months ago

Smokin in the hospital... different times

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