A lot of us are obsessed with vintage stuff nowadays, from clothes to music to generally wishing we had grown up in the 60s. We often forget, however, that our dear old parents were the ones who started all those trends we now admire.

Internet users are now sharing photos of their parents when they were young and hip, and it's pretty much safe to say that they were about a hundred times cooler than us. Maybe it was all the psychedelic rock, Mustangs, and mullets. Maybe it was the fact that, as one user commented, they "played outside and didn't have memes." Either way, the days of peace and love certainly look a lot more blissful than where we're at now.

Scroll down to take a walk back in time, and if you've got photos of your parents looking too cool for school, add them to our list.

#1

My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California In 1974

My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California In 1974

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varwenea
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3 years ago

Cool 😎 and hot. Can't beat that!

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#2

I Found A Photo Of My Dad Cooking A Barbecue On Top Of A Moving Submarine

I Found A Photo Of My Dad Cooking A Barbecue On Top Of A Moving Submarine

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Adriana E. Henricy
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3 years ago

underrated definetly

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#3

My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom 1980s

My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom 1980s

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

I just think this looks so romantic.... It looks like a scene from a film...

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#4

A Friend Of My Father's, Telling Off A Klan Member. Auburn AL, 1985

A Friend Of My Father's, Telling Off A Klan Member. Auburn AL, 1985

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Mark Fergel
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3 years ago

2017 - Still fighting these A**holes............

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#5

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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Krish Malhotra
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3 years ago

you think? just look at that pic son.

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#6

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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EllieKaan
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3 years ago

Wow, She's hot lol

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#7

My Dad Being Infinitely Cooler Than I'll Ever Be (1980)

My Dad Being Infinitely Cooler Than I'll Ever Be (1980)

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

More macho than those Old Spice Ads

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#8

My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

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John L
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3 years ago

That's a graduation picture, most likely from Armor AIT at Fort Knox. I had one almost identical to that when I finished AIT and went on to OCS. And that's not a tank, but an armored personnel carrier section in a studio. Note the lack of background.

Gwen Johnson-Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

So what. This person is proud of their mom.

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Kate
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful and a badass!

Celestial Lynx
Community Member
3 years ago

Why doesn't this comment have more upvotes than John L's?

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Helen Evans
Community Member
3 years ago

A woman would not of been aloud to drive a tank in 1980 let alone instruct men in the army. I'm calling bullshit on this. It's a lovely photo but you can have photos like these done in photography studios that do retro and vintage days.

Dijon Dell
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3 years ago

Did you mean "would not HAVE been ALLOWED"?

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Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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3 years ago

still cool!

Ana T.
Community Member
3 years ago

so pretty. is like an image from anime

Flóra Varga
Community Member
3 years ago

so cool

Krish Malhotra
Community Member
3 years ago

wow badass!!

Scott Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

The real Tank Girl!

Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

This woman ROCKS !

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Dayum!

Kikka io
Community Member
2 years ago

and so beauty

Kikka io
Community Member
2 years ago

whatever the type of vehicle he is driving, he is a great woman.

Maggie Dougherty
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2 years ago

She not he DB!

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Miyuki Tachibana
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3 years ago

amazing! great picture, great woman! <3

Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
3 years ago

so cool!

Lisa Greene
Community Member
3 years ago

Tank Girl!!!

Paige Garberding
Community Member
3 years ago

You GO GRRRRL! Or went as the case may be.

Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a crush on your mother

Nin'g Ko
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow

Steve D
Community Member
3 years ago

Have looked at so mamy of these photos, wow is all I can say

Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

What a badass. Gorgeous too

Cherie O
Community Member
3 years ago

That is a great pic!

Mark Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought women couldn't drive tanks?

Ildiko Okido
Community Member
3 years ago

Guess you thought wrong.

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Tanzim Ahmed
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh...some people are exhausting!! who cares about the details just enjoy the beauty <3 she looks beautiful & cool <3

Paul Booth
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3 years ago

Who gives a fuck, she’s great!

CHRISTIE WAGNER
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3 years ago

She looks adorable and so pretty and feminine.

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#9

My Dad, Taken For Surfer Magazine. Peru, 1977

My Dad, Taken For Surfer Magazine. Peru, 1977

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John L
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3 years ago

Imagine the photographer having to be at the right place at just the right second.

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#10

Late 1960's, My Dad

Late 1960's, My Dad

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Ann Sinovsky
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3 years ago

Do you need a stepmom?

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#11

My Mom In Moscow 1975. From All The Stories She's Told Me About Her Travels, I Wouldn't Be Surprised If She Was A Spy

My Mom In Moscow 1975. From All The Stories She's Told Me About Her Travels, I Wouldn't Be Surprised If She Was A Spy

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varwenea
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3 years ago

It's pretty badass to be visiting Russia before the cold war ended. I vote spy! 😉

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#12

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

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Hans
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3 years ago

First car at eleven...this will be hard to beat nowadays.

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#13

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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John L
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3 years ago

I wonder if he has any scar tissue on his nose? 🤔

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#14

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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Random Panda
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3 years ago

Well that's hot.

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#15

My Dad In The 70's Doing What He Loves. Father To 4 Boys. More Man Than Myth Or Legend

My Dad In The 70's Doing What He Loves. Father To 4 Boys. More Man Than Myth Or Legend

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Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW!!

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#16

My Dad Teaching Math In Southern California (Late 70's/Early 80's)

My Dad Teaching Math In Southern California (Late 70's/Early 80's)

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

This question is for extra credit. "I'm a full time math teacher and a part time surfer". A: True. B: the other way around.

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#17

My Moms Selfie Before It Was Cool (1989)

My Moms Selfie Before It Was Cool (1989)

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

that smile!

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#18

My Mom And Dad On Their Wedding Day - 1980

My Mom And Dad On Their Wedding Day - 1980

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Scott Johnson
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3 years ago

And the cans are ready to go as they ride away.

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#19

My Mom When She Lived In Alaska With Her Husky Puppy, Okie

My Mom When She Lived In Alaska With Her Husky Puppy, Okie

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like Whittaker or Palmer to me. There are so many glacier fed rivers and streams, that the small rock beds are all over the place. That's the sure sign of a glacier fed valley. Growing up in Alaska was Sooo wonderful. :D

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#20

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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Lana
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3 years ago

How does he even stop without letting the the beers fall

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#21

Mom's 'Garden' 1980's

Mom's 'Garden' 1980's

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Roxane Milko
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3 years ago

I'm so envious haha

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#22

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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John L
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3 years ago

Ground Control to Major Tom...........

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#23

So I Was Going Through Some Old Photos And I Found This. My Dad Holding Magic Johnson And Looking Incredibly Bad-Ass While Doing It

So I Was Going Through Some Old Photos And I Found This. My Dad Holding Magic Johnson And Looking Incredibly Bad-Ass While Doing It

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Adriana E. Henricy
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3 years ago

that is just so awesome

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#24

My Mom Working At Nasa, 1974

My Mom Working At Nasa, 1974

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Amina Hays
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3 years ago

This is so cool.

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#25

My Mom Skating With A Broken Wrist In The Late 70's

My Mom Skating With A Broken Wrist In The Late 70's

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Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
3 years ago

badass

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#26

My Dad In Alaska, Circa 1980. I Hope To Be Half The Man He Is One Day

My Dad In Alaska, Circa 1980. I Hope To Be Half The Man He Is One Day

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Now that's one authentic 'Sourdough' for you.

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#27

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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Adriana E. Henricy
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3 years ago

cool AF

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#28

My Mom Winning The Pie Eating Contest By Beating All The Boys, 1950

My Mom Winning The Pie Eating Contest By Beating All The Boys, 1950

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sunnyrei82
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3 years ago

yeah! show 'em who's the boss! Girls are not only dresses and cooking ware! XD

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#29

My Dad In France Is The '70s (Ryan Gosling Might Need A Paternity Test)

My Dad In France Is The '70s (Ryan Gosling Might Need A Paternity Test)

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Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
3 years ago

yes, definetly a paternity test is in the near future

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#30

My Father In 1982. When I Asked Him What He Was Doing In This Photo, He Said, "Shooting An Album Cover. Duh"

My Father In 1982. When I Asked Him What He Was Doing In This Photo, He Said, "Shooting An Album Cover. Duh"

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Eyeball
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3 years ago

Great answer!

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#31

My Mother And Father Being Young And Awesome On Santorini Island, Greece, 1985. I Was Conceived There

My Mother And Father Being Young And Awesome On Santorini Island, Greece, 1985. I Was Conceived There

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John L
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3 years ago

Did they name you Thera to celebrate their visit there? Let's hope you don't have a volcanic personality to go with it all. ;D

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#32

My Dad And His Cousins, Back In The Day. I Don't Think The Cool Gene Was Passed Down To Me

My Dad And His Cousins, Back In The Day. I Don't Think The Cool Gene Was Passed Down To Me

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Adriana E. Henricy
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3 years ago

that dude in the bottom left looks like chris pratt

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#33

When My Dad Was 16, He Entered His Name In A Drawing, For What He Thought Was A Sports Jacket, At A Local Shoe Store. The Drawing Was Actually For A 1967 Shelby GT500. He Won

When My Dad Was 16, He Entered His Name In A Drawing, For What He Thought Was A Sports Jacket, At A Local Shoe Store. The Drawing Was Actually For A 1967 Shelby GT500. He Won

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JillVille Child Care
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3 years ago

That is amazing!

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#34

My Friend's Dad Trained Seals In The Navy. This Was What His Everyday Job Looked Like

My Friend's Dad Trained Seals In The Navy. This Was What His Everyday Job Looked Like

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

So he was working for the NAVY SEALS training real seals? That's amazing !

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#35

My Cool AF Dad At 19 (1973)

My Cool AF Dad At 19 (1973)

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Shelley Jennings
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3 years ago

Sigh. If only all 19 year olds looked like this today

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#36

My Dad And His Pet Monkey In Vietnam, 1966

My Dad And His Pet Monkey In Vietnam, 1966

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

If that'd been my dad, he wold show this pic to everyone and he'd be like: "look, a photo with me and my newborn son " xD

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#37

My Mom Circa 1986

My Mom Circa 1986

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Scott Johnson
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3 years ago

Dropping a walking bass line.

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#38

My Mom Thinks She Is So Hardcore In Her Fleetwood Mac Tank Top At Age 18, 1982

My Mom Thinks She Is So Hardcore In Her Fleetwood Mac Tank Top At Age 18, 1982

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John L
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3 years ago

She probably was too. ;D

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#39

My Dad And Uncle At Their Joint Wedding, 1970's

My Dad And Uncle At Their Joint Wedding, 1970's

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John L
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3 years ago

I wonder which joint they are talking about: the toke; the two couples; or middle legs of the two grooms? 😜

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#40

Dad In 1969. I'd Love To Know How This Happened

Dad In 1969. I'd Love To Know How This Happened

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Mindy Keys
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3 years ago

Perhaps some things are better left as a mystery.

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#41

My Mom Being Infinitely Cooler Than I'll Ever Be... Without A Saddle (Late 70s)

My Mom Being Infinitely Cooler Than I'll Ever Be... Without A Saddle (Late 70s)

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John L
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3 years ago

Now, that's a hell of a lot more 'Macho' than that fellow on the front page, who's sitting secure in a saddle.

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#42

My Dear Mom In The 70s With Her German Shepard And Manta

My Dear Mom In The 70s With Her German Shepard And Manta

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Nora H.
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3 years ago

She is gorgeous.

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#43

My Mom Bought A New '63 Corvette On Her Own At Age 20. She Owned Her Own Hair Salon In Midland, Tx

My Mom Bought A New '63 Corvette On Her Own At Age 20. She Owned Her Own Hair Salon In Midland, Tx

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John L
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3 years ago

That's one nice looking Vette.

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#44

My Father Got Drunk With Some Friends And Caught A Record Breaking Tuna In Newfoundland, 1972

My Father Got Drunk With Some Friends And Caught A Record Breaking Tuna In Newfoundland, 1972

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Ben Smith
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3 years ago

Holy crap! Wicked Tuna be jealous

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#45

Found This In An Old Shoe Box At My Dad's. It's My Parents, 1990

Found This In An Old Shoe Box At My Dad's. It's My Parents, 1990

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Krista Leary
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3 years ago

Naked in a field of marijuana...lol! Awesome

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#46

My Dad At Marching Band Practice, 1985

My Dad At Marching Band Practice, 1985

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Roxane Milko
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3 years ago

He looks so edgy, he could totally be a 2017s teen

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#47

My Dad Was A Legit Ski Instructor In The 1970's

My Dad Was A Legit Ski Instructor In The 1970's

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Roxane Milko
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3 years ago

I want his outfit so bad!

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#48

Apparently My Dad Used To Ride 3 Wheeled Unicycles In Parades

Apparently My Dad Used To Ride 3 Wheeled Unicycles In Parades

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Trisha Dragon
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3 years ago

I hurt myself just looking at this picture. How the hell does this even come to exist...

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#49

My Mom Looking For Her Prom Date 1969

My Mom Looking For Her Prom Date 1969

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John L
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3 years ago

Is your dad always on time, or does he need constant supervision?

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#50

My Girlfriend's Dad After Flipping His '73 Mustang On The Highway

My Girlfriend's Dad After Flipping His '73 Mustang On The Highway

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John L
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3 years ago

Well, its for certain that her daddy was far luckier than he was smart. ;D

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#51

My Dad Giving A Thirsty Bear Some Soda Sometime In The 50's

My Dad Giving A Thirsty Bear Some Soda Sometime In The 50's

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Back then, people were walking around bears and cheetas like it was nothing. Nowadays some people are afraid of chocolate eggs with toys inside.

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#52

My Bad-Ass Mom In 1979

My Bad-Ass Mom In 1979

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Lidee Moril
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3 years ago

Wow, perfect 70’s revenge exploitation movie poster :)

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#53

My Dad In Northern Montana, 1989

My Dad In Northern Montana, 1989

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Kevin Camp
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3 years ago

Marlboro Man

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#54

Here Is A Bad Ass Picture Of My Dad From The 80's. Gatorade In The Can Doing A Control Burn. He's The Shit And My Hero. My Grandfather Was A Firefighter Too Rip. The Real Heroes Are Firefighters, Cops And All Military!

Here Is A Bad Ass Picture Of My Dad From The 80's. Gatorade In The Can Doing A Control Burn. He's The Shit And My Hero. My Grandfather Was A Firefighter Too Rip. The Real Heroes Are Firefighters, Cops And All Military!

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Blue Hippo
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3 years ago

The best Gatorade commercial ever!

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#55

My Dad When He Was 17 In A Small Village In The Netherlands, 1981. He'd Meet My Mom A Year Later

My Dad When He Was 17 In A Small Village In The Netherlands, 1981. He'd Meet My Mom A Year Later

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Damn, he was cool!

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#56

My Dad, The Fbi Agent, At A Bahamas Airport, Late 1960s

My Dad, The Fbi Agent, At A Bahamas Airport, Late 1960s

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Mindy Keys
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3 years ago

Oh, the Impala. It hurts to look at - it is so perfect.

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#57

My Dad Claims That's "Oregano" Above My Mom. 1978'ish

My Dad Claims That's "Oregano" Above My Mom. 1978'ish

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Lidee Moril
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3 years ago

That kind of oregano that makes you go hmmmmmm :)

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#58

My Dad In Hawaii, Late 1970's

My Dad In Hawaii, Late 1970's

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JillVille Child Care
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3 years ago

The hair! The beard!! So handsome and rugged!

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#59

My Dad And His Fox Patricia (1987)

My Dad And His Fox Patricia (1987)