About once every 3 to 5 years I like to grab a couple bombers of my favorite IPA, knock the dust off the old family album, and settle in for a nice long stroll down memory lane.

While the general outline of the journey always remains the same ("yep, I sure did think Ricky Martin turtlenecks were the pinnacle of high fashion" or "hmm, bleach blonde frosted hair tips haven't made it back around? That's shocking"), there's no telling what features of my family's photo chronicled past I'll appreciate the most.

This time through I found myself reveling with the most awe at pictures of my dad who, apparently, was a one-man '80s monument constructed to honor the perm, short shorts, and some odd form of iconic dad-coolness that I'm 100% certain I'll never achieve.

I was so moved by his photos, in fact, and by the certainty that there is a whole generation of dad photos of equal quality sitting unappreciated in family albums across the world, that I created the @oldschooldads Instagram account as a place where the most classic of these photos could be readily and permanently appreciated, as they (and the world) deserve.

So far the reception has been warm (10.7k followers in approximately 3 months), and there has been no shortage of amazing dad submissions, with each new dad seemingly raising the bar to insurmountable heights.

The series that follows presents some of the great old school dad submissions so far.

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Chase Banta 10 months ago

Just for the record, this is the dad photo (my dad) that gave me the idea!

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Sandra Lawrence 10 months ago

He's a Viking God in disguise

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Matching mullets is the pentacle of good parenting

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Thats one cool-ass dad

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Sweetest thing I ever seen in full denim.

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KT Pinto 10 months ago

Ouch, those shorts! :-O

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jamie1707 10 months ago

That camera! They were huge!

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Dads: giving mom's mini-heart attacks doing child acrobatics since the dawn of time

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K. LNU 10 months ago

Anyone else hear the Bee Gees singing in the background?

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Dawn Mule 10 months ago

cover the beard part and see the photo looks like a teen girl to me

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Trying his best not to spill that precious drink

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Men who love animals ♥

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

70's dads were the best dads

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Agnes Jekyll 10 months ago

70's dad: smoke: check drink: check polyester pants: check belt askew: check zipper not entirely zipped: check ignoring child desperately in need of affection: check

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Looks like he's wrangling two snakes

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Caitlin Smith 10 months ago

That's a movie I'd pay to see

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Back in the day, Dad was cut!

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

OH DAD!!! get your hand off Jessica's boob, she's a married woman after all!!

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Flashback... damn! Those chairs would BURN when they were in the sun!

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

I wonder if that kids still in therapy

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Bedroom eyes and a sweet pornstache! I bet he was a real lady charmer-seriously.

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

This must have been pre-socks-with-shoes dads

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Finally! A 70s Dad wearing a wedding ring!

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Hard physical work and cigarettes. How did he do it?

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Milk and Pepsi, a dad's store run for sure

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K. LNU 10 months ago

Hey! It's the heart symbol... before Taylor Swift did it. lol

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

LOL love the chair in the pool!

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Um, I'm 100% serious when I ask if thats a penis attached to those glasses.

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Dog dads count!

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Before everyone freaked out about a little dirt- here son chew on this stick with me.

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

What a Kool Krew!

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Derp runs in the family = )

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

Men use to be a lot less worried about their junk showing back in the day

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Kay Ann 10 months ago

Best expression ever.

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K. LNU 10 months ago

Lou Ferrigno?

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Rachel Rosky 10 months ago

The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit all in one pic

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Awww

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Desi Platias 10 months ago

more barebreasts

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Chase Banta 10 months ago

Thank God Dad didn't catch a smaller fish.

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

The placement of those leaves- ha ha.

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Karen used the leftover upholstery fabric to make Marv a swingin' new outfit.

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diane a 10 months ago

I love the beer box on his head - the whisky in one hand - the beer can in the other, the alcohol supplies in the background, the fag packet on the table and the hysterical friend - this was a man on a mission

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diane a 10 months ago

how sad am I that I know the full title of the film in the poster behind and that the Gloria - was Gloria Graham

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Helmets? We don't need no stinkin' helmets!

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BusLady 10 months ago

Reminds me of my Grandfather.

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

He looks like he's about to tell us a great story.

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diane a 10 months ago

that looks so much like Cornwall

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Balls in the corner pocket. You may do with that phrase what you will...

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Lionel and Nicole Ritchie?

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Rebekah 10 months ago

(insert 70's porn music here)

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

"LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKEZ THE SAME PLACE TWICE ", he used to say.... God I miss him...

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

I had a teddy ruxpin and he was literally my BEST friend from 3-7 lol He told such great stories.

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Agnes Jekyll 10 months ago

James Bond with a baby

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

Your wieners a winner...

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

Hahaha, he's up to something! lol

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Rebeca Lozada 10 months ago

Those shoes tho... * Searches for 70 's shoes * ( DAMN THOSE PEEPS HAD STYLE ) The glasses are nice 2

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K. LNU 10 months ago

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Same eyes.

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Bored Office Girl 10 months ago

She looks exactly like him lol.

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

OK, let me see if I have this right. Business in front and on top. Party in back and on bottom. Right?

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Jessica Temple 10 months ago

Hold my smoke baby I gotta dig into my happy meal

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

Bohemian rhapsody was written about as pizza man who showed up late. Here's freddy in the aftermath...

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BusLady 10 months ago

Good way to get exercise and babysit at the same time.

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BusLady 10 months ago

The younger kid's not happy. "That used to be my stroller."

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BusLady 10 months ago

Nice butt.

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

Wife: "dont wear the guitar belt buckle it'll be redundant!" Me: What's "redundant mean??"...?

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

Llamas aren't allowed to drink on boats without a personal flotation device. It's the law.

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

That pencil makes me nervous.

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diane a 10 months ago

The Doberman is just waiting for the accident to happen

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

On a scale of grape to watermelon, how high are you?

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Both adorable.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Daddy looks like he's still in HS.

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Going to the gun show?

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

That time we took our blind dad to Singapore.....

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BusLady 10 months ago

Son, it's a space monster, with googly red eyes.

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

His wife gave it to him, and all he had to do was wear it for ONE picture. Look at his face...

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Desi Platias 10 months ago

the kids don't have beards??????

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Chicago Kitty 10 months ago

Ahh the 80's

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Desi Platias 10 months ago

there is no ending to the hair

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Bryan perkins 5 months ago

Oh, what shall we do with a drunken sailor? Let's put him at the helmet of an Exxon tanker! Rip March 24 1989...

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