Our parents weren't always parents. Yes, I know, that sounds self-explanatory, but let that sink in. Before these people were changing our diapers, they were young, wild, and free to do whatever they desired. In many cases, their old lives were even more impressive than our current ones. Building motorcycles, stopping bank robberies... It's one thing to hear those stories, but it's another to see photographic proof.

Surprised by and proud of their parents' past, people are sharing photos of their moms and dads on the subreddit r/OldSchoolCool. So continue scrolling to take a trip back in time to when they were rocking leather jackets and high-waisted jeans and when you're done, check out similar Bored Panda articles here and here.

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My Mama Circa '83. This Explains Why I'm The Uncoolest Person Ever, Cos She Took It All! Oh And That Bike? She Built It

My Mama Circa '83. This Explains Why I'm The Uncoolest Person Ever, Cos She Took It All! Oh And That Bike? She Built It

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woah cool bike

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Interestingly. what is considered to be cool changes all the time. Research led by a University of Rochester Medical Center psychologist and published by the Journal of Individual Differences has discovered the characteristics associated with coolness today are quite different than those that gave birth to the concept of cool.

"When I set out to find what people mean by coolness, I wanted to find corroboration of what I thought coolness was," said Ilan Dar-Nimrod, Ph.D., lead author of Coolness: An Empirical Investigation. "I was not prepared to find that coolness has lost so much of its historical origins and meaning—the very heavy countercultural, somewhat individualistic pose I associated with [it]."

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My Mom At 18 Years Old Protesting The Kkk In 1976 Atlanta, Ga

My Mom At 18 Years Old Protesting The Kkk In 1976 Atlanta, Ga

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4 months ago

Wow, can we get this up voted. You must be supper proud. Well done Mon.

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Dar-Nimrod and his colleagues recruited almost 1,000 people in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area, who completed an extensive questionnaire on the attributes, behaviors and individuals they associated with the word cool.

They did that by conducting three separate studies. In Study 1, participants generated characteristics that they perceived to be cool. In Study 2, two samples of participants rated dozens of these characteristics on two dimensions: coolness and social desirability. In Study 3, participants rated friends both on their coolness and on a variety of personality descriptors that were identified as relevant in the other studies.

A significant number of participants chose adjectives that focused on positive, socially desirable traits, such as friendly, competent, trendy and attractive.

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My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

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Up vote, up vote... Way cool

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"Today, ... sociability is considered to be cool, being nice is considered to be cool. And in an oxymoron, being passionate is considered to be cool—at least, it is part of the dominant perception of what coolness is. How can you combine the idea of cool—emotionally controlled and distant—with passionate?" Dar-Nimrod said surprised by the results.

Participants in the study still appreciated the traditional elements of cool, such as rebelliousness and detachment, but nowhere near as strongly as friendliness and warmth.

"We have a kind of a schizophrenic coolness concept in our mind," Dar-Nimrod said. "Almost any one of us will be cool in some people’s eyes, which suggests the idiosyncratic way coolness is evaluated. But some will be judged as cool in many people’s eyes, which suggests there is a core valuation to coolness, and today that does not seem to be the historical nature of cool. We suggest there is some transition from the countercultural cool to a generic version of it’s good and I like it. But this transition is by no way completed."

So I guess, in a way, you could say that these parents were ahead of their time.

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My Mom Would Always Talk About How She Was An Editor For Tiger Beat Magazine When She Was A Teenager In The 1960’s. She Would Brag About Spending Time With The Stones And The Beatles. We Always Thought She Was Telling Tall Tales. Uncovered This Pic Cleaning Out Her House Last Week

My Mom Would Always Talk About How She Was An Editor For Tiger Beat Magazine When She Was A Teenager In The 1960’s. She Would Brag About Spending Time With The Stones And The Beatles. We Always Thought She Was Telling Tall Tales. Uncovered This Pic Cleaning Out Her House Last Week

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4 months ago

oh my- that's amazing!

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#5

Late 1960s, My Dad

Late 1960s, My Dad

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4 months ago

Love the fact he's wearing gloves but nothing on his feet. Ps, really good looking man, lucky mummy.

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#6

My Dad Made Anything Look Cool (1981)

My Dad Made Anything Look Cool (1981)

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4 months ago

yes. yes he did.

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#7

My Dad Skateboarding At Hyde School 1982. I Think He Was Cooler Than Me

My Dad Skateboarding At Hyde School 1982. I Think He Was Cooler Than Me

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4 months ago

😆 Another, suited and booted... But bare feet.❤️

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#8

My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom, 1980s

My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom, 1980s

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4 months ago

talent

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#9

My Dad And Friends Look Like The Cast Of Stranger Things (1982)

My Dad And Friends Look Like The Cast Of Stranger Things (1982)

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Joshua Nowell
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4 months ago

how do you know their not?

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#10

My Mom, 1954. She Came To America In 1948 At Age 18. She Hardly Spoke English And Was Looked Down On Because She Was German And A War Bride. She Later Did Some Modeling - This Is Just One Of Many Beautiful Photos We Have Of Her

My Mom, 1954. She Came To America In 1948 At Age 18. She Hardly Spoke English And Was Looked Down On Because She Was German And A War Bride. She Later Did Some Modeling - This Is Just One Of Many Beautiful Photos We Have Of Her

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4 months ago

Stunning

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#11

My Mom In ‘78, Glendale, Ca. Newly Immigrated From Japan And Working Her Butt Off -But Still Managed To Save Up And Buy This Chevy Impala For $500

My Mom In ‘78, Glendale, Ca. Newly Immigrated From Japan And Working Her Butt Off -But Still Managed To Save Up And Buy This Chevy Impala For $500

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4 months ago

nice car! also kudos to yuo, that's really amazing

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#12

My Mom Looking Like A Queen On Her Wedding Day 1979

My Mom Looking Like A Queen On Her Wedding Day 1979

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4 months ago

Wow, film star alert

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#13

France, 1985. My Mom Feeding Me Backstage During A Ballet Dancing Show

France, 1985. My Mom Feeding Me Backstage During A Ballet Dancing Show

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4 months ago

aww... cute baby also that's awesome!

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#14

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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4 months ago

Omg, how scary

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#15

Mom, Circa 1970, After Completing Her Master's, The First Woman In Her Family To Do So

Mom, Circa 1970, After Completing Her Master's, The First Woman In Her Family To Do So

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4 months ago

well done mum!

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#16

My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California, 1974

My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California, 1974

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4 months ago

that skateboard is tiny! or is it perspective?

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#17

My Mom Was A Boston Park Ranger In The 80s

My Mom Was A Boston Park Ranger In The 80s

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Sofia Sofia
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4 months ago

coool and cute

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#18

My Mom And Dad Building Their House In 1953. My Mom (91 Now) Still Lives There

My Mom And Dad Building Their House In 1953. My Mom (91 Now) Still Lives There

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

WOAH life goals

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#19

My Mom's All Girl Rock Band In The 60's

My Mom's All Girl Rock Band In The 60's

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4 months ago

good name, plus awesome guitars! my dream :p

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#20

My Dad In The Late 80s / Early 90s. One Of The First Rockers In China

My Dad In The Late 80s / Early 90s. One Of The First Rockers In China

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4 months ago

legend

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#21

My Dad Was A Popstar In Argentina. Here He Is With Ella Fitzgerald, Mid 1960s

My Dad Was A Popstar In Argentina. Here He Is With Ella Fitzgerald, Mid 1960s

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Lara Löwenherz
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4 months ago

Omg that's faboulus!

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#22

My Mom Working As A Dj, Late 1970s

My Mom Working As A Dj, Late 1970s

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4 months ago

nice

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#23

Me Looking Up To My Fighter Pilot Dad In The Late 1980's

Me Looking Up To My Fighter Pilot Dad In The Late 1980's

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Alex K
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4 months ago

such a preety picture

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#24

My Dad At The 1966 International Science Fair. He Was A Finalist In 65, 66, And 67. In This Picture He Created A Perfusion System To Keep A Rat Kidney Alive When Removed From The Body, Like A Heart-Lung Machine

My Dad At The 1966 International Science Fair. He Was A Finalist In 65, 66, And 67. In This Picture He Created A Perfusion System To Keep A Rat Kidney Alive When Removed From The Body, Like A Heart-Lung Machine

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4 months ago

wow

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#25

My Mom And Bob Ross During An Event In Central Park, NYC In 1989

My Mom And Bob Ross During An Event In Central Park, NYC In 1989

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4 months ago

Yay, we love the Bob.

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#26

48 Beers And A Unicycle. My Dad In The Early 80s

48 Beers And A Unicycle. My Dad In The Early 80s

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

Well, how else was he going to get the beers home by bike?

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#27

My Parents When They Were 16 And 17 (1987). They’ve Been Together For 34 Years Now

My Parents When They Were 16 And 17 (1987). They’ve Been Together For 34 Years Now

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4 months ago

They're sweet!

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#28

My Mom In The Early 90s. She Painted Her Own Shield

My Mom In The Early 90s. She Painted Her Own Shield

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4 months ago

amazing!!

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#29

My Mom And Arnold On A Date In The 70s

My Mom And Arnold On A Date In The 70s

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4 months ago

😆 That's too cool

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#30

My Cool Mom Partying With Robin Williams And Billy Crystal In LA, 1982

My Cool Mom Partying With Robin Williams And Billy Crystal In LA, 1982

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4 months ago (edited)

Is your mom Glenne Heady?

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#31

My Dad Taking A Selfie, Using A Piece Of Wood To Activate The Shutter, Circa 1957

My Dad Taking A Selfie, Using A Piece Of Wood To Activate The Shutter, Circa 1957

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4 months ago (edited)

Ooo, inveneter of the selfy stick.

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#32

After Their First Fight, My Dad Apologized To My Mom Through Polaroids. The True Og Of Apologies, My Man (1987)

After Their First Fight, My Dad Apologized To My Mom Through Polaroids. The True Og Of Apologies, My Man (1987)

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

aww this is beautiful and such a good idea

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#33

My Dad Wasn't Famous, But His Moves Were Pretty Cool (1977)

My Dad Wasn't Famous, But His Moves Were Pretty Cool (1977)

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4 months ago

should've been famous, that's amazing!

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#34

My Dad And His Partner While They Were Undercover. This Picture Was Taken After They Stopped A Bank Robbery In The Late 70s

My Dad And His Partner While They Were Undercover. This Picture Was Taken After They Stopped A Bank Robbery In The Late 70s

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

Serpico!

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#35

Found This Old Picture Of My Dad From Back In 1976. I Feel Like The Picture Captures An Awful Lot And Tells A Story

Found This Old Picture Of My Dad From Back In 1976. I Feel Like The Picture Captures An Awful Lot And Tells A Story

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

put me off getting a motorcycle xD but that's a cool bike

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#36

My Dad In Saudi Arabia In The 70's Working As A Us Military Contractor Diving In The Red Sea

My Dad In Saudi Arabia In The 70's Working As A Us Military Contractor Diving In The Red Sea

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Very cool.

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#37

My Dad's First Car, A 1939 Ford. He Bought It With His Own Money That He Earned While Farming. He Was 11 When He Bought It, So This Photo Was Taken In 1948

My Dad's First Car, A 1939 Ford. He Bought It With His Own Money That He Earned While Farming. He Was 11 When He Bought It, So This Photo Was Taken In 1948

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4 months ago

woah, that at 11...!

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#38

My Dad Showing Mr. Rogers The Process Of Designing Toys On Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (1986)

My Dad Showing Mr. Rogers The Process Of Designing Toys On Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (1986)

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4 months ago

Woaaaaa

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#39

My Mom Immigrated To The US From Iran In November, 1978. Here She Is Dressed As Wonder Woman A Year Later

My Mom Immigrated To The US From Iran In November, 1978. Here She Is Dressed As Wonder Woman A Year Later

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she ran from iran

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#40

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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4 months ago

woah

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#41

Mom Wasn't The Pilot, But She Was A Tech On The F-4 Phantom Back In The 80's

Mom Wasn't The Pilot, But She Was A Tech On The F-4 Phantom Back In The 80's

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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4 months ago

Ok. Yeah. You're mom was super cool!!

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#42

Mom’s Senior Portrait That My Grandma Refused To Let Her Publish In The Year Book (1976)

Mom’s Senior Portrait That My Grandma Refused To Let Her Publish In The Year Book (1976)

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4 months ago

lol i'd have loved to see that in the yearbook

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#43

My Dad 1969 Bronx, NY. Speaking Against The Vietnam War

My Dad 1969 Bronx, NY. Speaking Against The Vietnam War

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4 months ago

your dad is a legend

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#44

My Dad (Left) Looking Like A Young Luke Skywalker, Chile, 1977

My Dad (Left) Looking Like A Young Luke Skywalker, Chile, 1977

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4 months ago

He so does... The force is strong.

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#45

Mid To Late 1970s, My Dad Graduating A Class Taught By Chuck Norris

Mid To Late 1970s, My Dad Graduating A Class Taught By Chuck Norris

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4 months ago

not many people shake Chuck Norris' hand and keep their arm.

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#46

My Dad's Graduation Photo. Circa 1970's

My Dad's Graduation Photo. Circa 1970's

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Julia Atkinson
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He looks like a stage magician - "For my next trick I will pull a fully-grown dog out of my hat"

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#47

My Dad And A Tiny Kitten Looking Like A Modern Hipster In The Early 1980s

My Dad And A Tiny Kitten Looking Like A Modern Hipster In The Early 1980s

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4 months ago

aw

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#48

My Mom At 16 Yrs Old With Her Camaro In 1975

My Mom At 16 Yrs Old With Her Camaro In 1975

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4 months ago

I'm over hear being paranoid of even the slightest showing skin :P

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#49

My Mom Voting For The First Time In A Presidential Election In 1972 In Indiana, Pa

My Mom Voting For The First Time In A Presidential Election In 1972 In Indiana, Pa

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me
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4 months ago

GO WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE

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#50

I Always Knew My Mom Was A Tough Lady. Photo Taken Circa 1985

I Always Knew My Mom Was A Tough Lady. Photo Taken Circa 1985

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Kate
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4 months ago

Looks a bit like Lena Headey

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